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Scarlet Thread


Prog Folk

3.89 | 19 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars I got a big surprise when I first listened to this album because I was expecting a Prog-Folk album from this Finnish band and what I was hearing was this powerful and dynamic music, nothing like Folk at all. Well it turns out that after their Folky debut, the bands leader and guitarist Jani Timoniemi made wholesale changes in the band's lineup (he's the only one left from the debut) and changed the style of music while he was at it. He added a second guitarist, and the violin plays a key role. 2 guest flute players help out too.

"Tahtojen Taistelu" has a good heavy sound to it with violin arriving around a minute. It settles down before 2 1/2 minutes then picks back up after 3 minutes with violin. "Valheista Kaunein" is more laid back with violin and drums standing out. This sounds so good. Guitar comes to the fore before 2 minutes. Flute and violin follow then it picks up more with guitar leading. Nice. "Vaeltava" is laid back with violin to start. It kicks in before a minute with guitar and violin out front. It settles after 2 1/2 minutes. Check out the intricate guitar a minute later. Then it kicks back in.

"Jumelanpilkkakirves" is fairly heavy with flute over top. How good is this ! It settles beautifully as contrasts continue. The guitar rips it up after 3 1/2 minutes. "Valon Lahettrais" is led by drums, violin and flute early. Guitar takes the spotlight 4 minutes in. "Aatoksia Kivusta" is heavy and uptempo before settling with violin. Flute leads after 2 1/2 minutes. "Haarasilta" is a violin led track and the closest thing to Folk on here. "Levoton Sielu" opens with guitar as drums join in. A calm with flute before 3 minutes. Violin joins in as well. It kicks back in and the guitar is lighting it up late. "Kunnes Kulema Meidat Erottaal" is mid- paced with violin leading the way. A nice solid sound here. It turns spacey before 5 minutes to end it.

This has just been a pleasure to listen to this past week. Highly recommended instrumental music.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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