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Mellotron Storm
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5 stars It just doesn't get much better than this. Electric chamber music with some acoustic moments all under the control of engineer Udi Koomran and his computer. This makes it difficult to know what i'm hearing at times. Udi has worked with a lot of bands over the years including PRESENT. Dave Kerman adds his drumming and percussion skills, he also helped Udi produce it. AHVAK means "Dust" in Hebrew. UNIVERS ZERO is the band I kept thinking of the most while listening to this incredible album over this past week.

"Vivisektzia" sounds so amazing a minute in with the percussion, angular guitar and flute that follows. So much going on here.Drums join in before 2 1/2 minutes and more angular guitar. Incredible ! An eerie calm follows as spoken words come in. It kicks back in before 6 minutes with piano leading the way. Pounding drums and what sounds like mellotron before 8 minutes. What a track ! "Bherta" kicks in before a minute with a great sound.The tempo starts to shift back and forth wildly. "Regaim" is very acoustic like early UNIVERS ZERO. Lots of piano and flute.

"Ahvak" is a monster. Heavy drums pound slowly to open as strange sounds come and go. It kicks in before 3 minutes with some really good bass. Just a fantastic sound ! Frequent tempo shifts follow. Spoken processed words 4 1/2 minutes in. Check out the sounds rising and falling inside the soundscape a minute later. Brilliant. Here we go again after 7 minutes as the mood and tempo continue to change. Spoken words 11 minutes in. Killer sound after 14 minutes. "Melet" features some beautiful and intricate guitar to open as other sounds start to come and go. Cool song. "Hamef Ahakim" kicks in quickly then settles just as fast. Drums, angular guitar and flute follow as it picks back up. It turns dark before 3 minutes. It's like the sound is going in circles after 6 minutes. A calm a minute later. It's building to an uptempo sound with drums leading the way, more guitar too. "Pirzool" is a short track with samples and strange sounds.

This is the best album that i've heard that's come out of the country of Isreal. I am so impressed, I wish everyone could hear this album.

Mellotron Storm | 5/5 |


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