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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars 4.5 stars. BUDGIE are a power trio from Wales who have had their songs covered by the likes of IRON MAIDEN, SOUNDGARDEN, VAN HALEN and METALLICA. In my opinion that is high praise when some great bands like these want to play your songs.The singer's vocals are on the high side but quite melodic. The bass playing really stands out as he liked to play along side of the guitar instead of with the drummer. All these guys are excellent musicians, but really it's the songs here that have completely won me over.

"Breadfan" gets lit up from the "get go" with some amazing sounding guitar. Drums and bass join in, and then vocals arrive around a minute. Nice guitar solo after 2 minutes with some heaviness to follow. A calm with acoustic guitar and reserved vocals 3 minutes in before it kicks back in at 4 1/2 minutes. Hell ya ! These guys really know how to contrast sounds to get the optimum results. "Baby Please Don't Go" is a cover song and a very successful one at that. Raw guitar solos over top of the killer rhythm section throughout. I love the way they just seem to jam here. "You Know I'll Always Love You" is a mellow track with acoustic guitar and vocals. "You're he Biggest Thing Since Powdered Milk" opens with an almost 2 minute drum solo. It's good though,then guitar and bass join in followed by vocals. Check out the chunky bass on this one. The guitar solo after 3 1/2 minutes goes on and on as the bass competes for the spotlight at the same time. This is so cool. Vocals are back before 6 minutes.

"In The Grip Of A Tyrefitters Hand" is a political track with the name "Tyrefitter" being another title for "The Man". A great rhythm with guitar as the vocals come in with attitude. The instrumental breaks are incredible on this one. "Riding My Nightmare" is another mellow song with acoustic guitar and vocals but this one has some harmonies too. "Parents" is my favourite song on here. A nice powerful intro settles down quickly and vocals arrive a minute in. More amazing atmosphere after 4 minutes as it settles again,very emotional. Check out the guitar, so moving. Vocals are back 7 minutes in. Guitar takes the lead again before 8 1/2 minutes. The seagulls and guitar cry out to end it.

I think fans of Heavy-Prog will be impressed with this album. Simply outstanding.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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