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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars My review will be the fourth straight 4 star review of this album. So don't let the low rating fool you. Thankyou to UMUR and Bonnek who relayed to me how good this album was, then to top it off Tom Ozric told me it was his favourite Dio led SABBATH album. How could I not check it out ? It does sound quite different from Dio's other two SABBATH albums "Heaven And Hell" and "Mob Rules". Okay were talking 10 years later but they've made this one heavier, darker and at times slower, bringing back that OZZY-led SABBATH sound more-so than the Dio years of the early eighties.

"Computer God" opens with Vinnie pounding away as heavy guitar joins in then Dio. Check out Geezer ! Man he makes a statement on this album. A calm after 3 minutes with gentle guitar and reserved vocals. Kicks back in after 4 minutes with Iommi ripping it up. "After All (The Dead)" is dark, slow and heavy. It does pick up 2 minutes in though. "TV Crimes" is heavy and uptempo as vocals join in. Guitar solo after 2 minutes. Nice bass too. "Letters From Earth" sounds so good. I really like the guitar on this one early on. "Matter Of Insanity" is a top three for me. Check out the dark atmosphere to start. Vocals before 1 1/2 minutes and the chorus is excellent. Beautiful guitar solo before 4 1/2 minutes.

"Time Machine" has some catchy PRIEST- like riffs. The guitar takes off after 2 minutes. Great guitar tune. "Sins Of The Father" is another top three. Man Dio sounds like Ozzy here to start. It's building. Haunting guitar before 2 minutes. Killer tune. "Too Late" is eventually led by acoustic guitar and reserved vocals. It's fuller after 1 1/2 minutes.The guitar is screaming before 2 1/2 minutes. "I" is the other top three tune for me. It opens with guitar and vocal melodies then it kicks in heavily. It settles before 2 1/2 minutes and the guitar comes in lighting it up. This song has attitude. "Buried Alive" is heavy duty man as Dio spits out the lyrics. It does settles somewhat as contrasts continue. Check out the guitar solo 2 minutes in.

I do like "Mob Rules" and "Heaven And Hell" more but this is too good not to offer up the 4 stars.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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