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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars I want to dedicate this review to Paul Kopecky who just recently passed away because of complications from juvenile diabetes. He was just 37 years of age. I really feel for his family and especially his two brothers who played in this band with him. All three guys are impressive on "Sunset Gun" which for many is their favourite from this band, but I really did feel Paul's drumwork especially stood out. KOPECKY are indeed a trio of bass, guitar and drums, although we do get some keyboards and sitar as well.

"Sunset Gun" opens with this amazing atmosphere before it kicks in after a minute. Some impressive bass here followed by some great sounding guitar, then they're trading solos. Synths roll in later. A very good track. "Ascension" opens with synths and then the heaviness takes over quickly.The drumming sounds so good here. Check out the guitar 4 minutes in and then the bass joins in after 5 minutes. "The Divine Art Of Flying" is really the track that I wish wasn't on this record. Sitar leads the way in this Eastern flavoured soundscape. It just doesn't feel like it belongs. "Selqet's Kiss" is mid-paced with some excellent sounding drumming and guitar.The bass is out front after 6 minutes though. Nice. Synths a minute later then it settles some as we get an experimental section. Heavy drums follow then synths join in.

"Creation's Brief Gift" opens with the sounds of a music box and a baby fussing. It all stops as these three talented brothers start to put on a show. It builds slowly as this chunky soundscape gets louder. A calm with samples 7 1/2 minutes in including the baby and the wind blowing takes us to the end of the song. "Temptation's Screaming-Ground" has the best intro yet ! Fairly heavy with keyboards before it settles right down around 4 minutes. It kicks back in at 6 minutes with some nice bass. It turns rather abrasive before ending heavily. Great track. "Departure" has an outstanding guitar intro and I like the melody that follows.This might be the best tune on here.

6 of the 7 tracks are incredibly done. If you like instrumental albums that are very well played and quite heavy at times check this one out. RIP Paul.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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