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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars This might be Claudio's crowning achievement. Claudio Milano also might be the most talented composer and vocalist that we have on this site. I will also say that this is difficult music and way over my head, and my way of rating which doesn't include the word "objective" means I can't go more than 4 stars here because my enjoyment level plays the biggest part of my ratings.

Man so complex, so many innovative ideas. We have 44 talented people involved in performing here from 4 different bands including NICHELODEON, INSONAR, NOT ME and THIS ORDER. This was recorded between June of 2014 and July of 2019. This is a load people with all the info and instruments and different singers and we get 17 tracks over 77 minutes. Honestly to be fair I should be spending a month with this to properly appreciate it. There are songs dedicated to people(I think 10 in total) including Peter Hammill as THIS ORDER covers his "Jargon King" track.

Claudio explains "This is my panic scatter themed album(my thirteenth one) talking about the dispersion of those who flee or fall victim to an ideological system that represses, kills, reduces love to consumption through infatuation." He talks about those in a Soviet concentration camp or those fleeing death by crossing the Mediterranean on a boat or living on constant alert as a homeless man. That being constantly on edge in that state of panic. He goes on to say "With this album I wanted to express the alteration of perception that an individual can have of sound while a truck hits him."

Claudio has always been different with the visual being as important to the audio when it comes to live performances. Even the album itself has little info or track listing on the front and back covers but the focus is on a little story about a knife thrower. The liner notes though are filled with information as he has a "the places, the times" section about where and when but also the writing process is talked about and a section disclosing the credits of all who were involved and what they played and more.

As I said earlier this is complex and difficult but my appreciation for great Avant music was on full display here even though I also feel it's hit and miss based on my tastes in music. If I was forced to pick one track that stands out for me it would be "Sabbia Scura", especially after 2 1/2 minutes. So good! I used the word "suspense" a lot when making notes about this record along with "lunacy". The Hammill cover is a top three track for me. Some "out there" vocals on this one and we get hit with some power too. Atmosphere galore before 5 minutes. I also love that closer which is dark and experimental bringing UNIVERS ZERO and ART ZOYD to mind.

There are so many instruments in play here that we do get a variety of sounds but it's all directed towards that awful feeling of being always on high alert, the dread, the fear that life has presented you with. One crazy thing I discovered in the detailed liner notes and why I do pour over these things is track 12 where the lyrics are actually excerpts from the reviews offered by Mellotron Storm, Votums, LearsFool, Zravkapt, Tszirmay, Guldbamsen, Silly Puppy, Octupus-4, Windhawk and more on Prog Archives. I told you this man is just so full of ideas.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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