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4.25 | 81 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars A power trio right here folks with Billy Sheehan on bass, Dennis Chambers on drums and John Novello on piano, organ and electric piano. This is a heavy album as the drums and bass create a rock solid foundation with plenty of attitude while John solos over top often changing back and forth a couple of times during a song from organ to piano. They've released six studio albums from 1997 to 2013 and this is number five from 2005. They cover Zappa's "King Kong" very well too but I want to talk about my top five tracks.

First would be "Nemesis" a mid paced and powerful track. The organ dominates early before the piano takes over just before 1 1/2 minutes as the bass and drums continue. Organ is back but the piano will make a return. I have to say that although the bass and drums create a powerful foundation these two guys are so inventive at changing things up over the album. Just blown away by this rhythm section, I wasn't expecting that.

Another top five would be "Magnetic Mood" with that bass, drums and organ leading the way. I tend to lean to the mid paced tracks over the uptempo ones. The tempo does pick up on this one but it settles back too as this continues throughout. When it picks up the bass is so fast and the drumming before 4 minutes is just so impressive. How about "Stumble On The Truth" another mid paced track with attitude. "No Shame" is catchy and heavy and not uptempo. "Clean House" might be my favourite for the bass especially but also the keyboards that sound like clavinet. I have to mention the Canterbury sounding organ on "Footprints In The Sand" so good!

This sounds pretty amazing cranked up. If your a drum and bass fan like I am then "Organik" is a must.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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