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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars Tszirmay certainly does a better job than I will at explaining this band and album. They're listed under Jazz / Fusion which is not being completely misleading, it's just that this band refuse to be pigeon-holed to one genre. So to say they're Jazz / Fusion only reveals a part of their repertoire. Their goal is to play unique music and not re-hash the same old shit if you will. So we get spacey, compex, KING CRIMSON-like World / Fusion music. How's that (haha). Yeah these guys are different alright. Very adventerous and complex as well.

"Diffraction (Open Limits)" is the almost 15 minute opener which opens with lots of atmosphere and it's dark. It kicks in at 2 minutes and the bass is prominant. It settles after 3 1/2 minutes with synths and other sounds. The guitar, drums and bass come and go at will. This is really good. The guitar is Fripp-like but different. Synths and faint vocal sounds come in. A calm after 7 1/2 minutes. We get a beat before 9 minutes then the tempo picks up as bass and keyboards join in. Spacey synths before 11 1/2 minutes as it settles. It kicks back in before 13 1/2 minutes. "Congruatic Boulevard" opens with people taling in the background as synths, bass and drums build. The drums are great as the sax comes in. We get both sax and clarinet here as they cry out. It settles before 5 minutes to end it. "Sranitio Rosa Del Oeste" is the second longest track at almost 13 minutes. Guest violin in this one. All kinds of different sounds come and go early. It kicks in powerfully 1 1/2 minutes in with chunky bass. It settles with some nice guitar, drums, bass and vocal melodies 3 1/2 minutes in. An amazing sound here. The tempo continues to change. A very cool section arrives around 9 minutes as we get percussion. Whispered vocals a minute later as percussion, drums and bass continue.

"Sensitiviris (Chrysalid Square)" is all about the atmosphere early. This has to be heard really. So many intricate sounds. It kicks in around 4 1/2 minutes. It's heavy after 7 minutes. "Stella..." opens with not much going on early as sparse sounds come and go. A choir of male and female vocals arrives after 2 1/2 minutes.They stop 4 1/2 minutes in. "...In Face" opens with sounds that slowly build. Drums and vocal melodies after a minute dominate the rest of the way except for the spacey ending. "Lakeside 7:30 AM" is interesting. I like how it eventually brightens from that gray intro. Lots of synths and chunky bass when the full sound arrives after 2 1/2 minutes. It blends into "Feel D-Fract" where we get those faint voices again. A sudden calm after 3 minutes. Birds and voices can be heard, barely.

A truely progressive and adventerous band. Highly recommended. 3.5 stars.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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