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The Jelly Jam

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

2.93 | 33 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars THE JELLY JAM doesn't get a lot of love on Prog sites (haha). This is not very challenging music per se but the kind of music that that gets my blood moving and my head banging. For me this is an upgrade over their debut and definitely worth 4 stars. Ty Tabor (KING'S X), John Myung (DREAM THEATER) and Rod Morgenstein (DIXIE DREGS) make up this power trio. Ty Tabor sings, plays lead guitar and he also produced this great sounding album. KING'S X is the band they most sound like in my opinion with but without Dug Pinnick's in your face bass and vocals. On that subject I must say that Myung is prominant here and i'm really impressed with his style. He's different. And how good on the kit is Morgenstein ? Amazing drummer. I had a chance to see Tabor live when KING'S X opened for PORCUPINE TREE last year and the highlight of the whole concert was watching Ty solo for what seemed like 5 minutes as they jammed. It was like a light from heaven shone on him for a brief time, I was moved deeply by what I heard and saw.

"Not Today" is such a freakingly good track. Heavy guitar with vocals that are pretty much spoken. A headbanger's delight. Great way to start. "Coming Round" is a feel good tune but it's still heavy with strummed guitar over top. Check out the impressive guitar / drum section 2 minutes in. "Empty" opens with the guitar soloing as the bass and drums create the heavy base. Vocals join in. This is killer ! It turns psychotic before 3 minutes. "Drop The Gun" has some nice deep sounds with Myung standing out. Vocals after 1 1/2 minutes. This gets really intense. "Allison" is on fire to start before settling when the vocals come in. Contrasts continue. Nice. Holy hell check out the guitar solo 2 1/2 minutes in with the drums and bass causing tremors in the soundscape.

"Maybe" is a laid back tune as they slow it down. I like the lyrics and the tasteful guitar solo after 3 minutes. "She Was Alone" sounds so good to start out. Ty is laying it down. Rod is incredible on the drums here. "Angel Or Devil" is probably my favourite track on here. A powerful intro before it settles quickly with vocals. An emotional song and so is the guitar after 4 minutes. "You Don't need Me Anymore" is interesting with the intricate acoustic guitar and tapping. "Runaway" is powerful and uptempo. What's not to like ? "War Is..." sounds different from the rest. A ton of bottom end and lots of attitude. A very intense track. "Message" is a funny 36 second message from an answering machine.

This was a blast and it will sit nicely with my favourite KING'S X albums.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |

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