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3.75 | 43 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars I think I got off on the wrong foot with this band because of all the LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT comparisons. I just don't think these guys play as good as the guys in that band, and the music isn't as dynamic. Is it good ? No it's actually very good.This album isn't as heavy as LTE, it's more subtle with more variety.The thing is that there is a ton of potential with this band, in fact it wouldn't surprise me if all the written reviews after me gave this 4 or 5 stars. For me 3.5 stars is just right. I mean it's 67 minutes of really good music, but it just doesn't excite or move me in the least.

"Red Spider" opens with some nice guitar before it kicks into an uptempo soundscape. Synths and guitar trade solos for a while then some heaviness arrives.The tempo continues to shift the rest of the way. "Falling" is fairly light with piano before the drums and guitar come in.The contrast continues. "Sick Spirit" is the heaviest track on here. Riffs lead the way as synths play over top, then guitar takes the synths place before 1 1/2 minutes and the riffs stop. The riffs are back 3 1/2 minutes in but it lightens quickly. "Why ?" is a mellow track of piano,synths and gentle guitar. "Why Not ?" opens with piano but it turns heavy quickly.The contrast continues.

"Crying Skies" features tasteful guitar and something that's supposed to sound like rain. The sound does get fuller. I really like this one. "Knowing The Path" is more of what's gone on before really. Nice bass though, then some organ 3 1/2 minutes in. "Flo's Kisses" opens with percussion, bass then violin. Acoustic guitar a minute in.This is a mellow tune, I like it though. "Talk With Myself" is the 22 1/2 minute closer. It's laid back to start and check out the guitar 4 minutes in. The transition before 11 minutes seems awkward but this song continues to evolve and change. A jazzy flavour late.

Cool title to this album that I think will please a lot of people who like their instrumental music with some heaviness and lots of variety.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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