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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars I think it was SaltyJon's 63rd mention of this album on this site before I finally took the bait. Okay i'm exagerating big time here but i'm thankful "The Salty One" did mention this album several times as being one of his favs because I took notice.These guys are from Oakland, Calfornia and they bring Zappa and MIRIODOR to mind because of their zany and freakishly good "stop on a dime" style of play.This is quite heavy at times with the dual guitars, bass, drums and horns all bringing it at once in a very intense way. I had the pleasure of listening to this late Saturday afternoon on a trip up North to get my daughter who was camping. It was sunny and my drive was releaxing but if anyone could here what was blasting away in my vehicle they would be shocked.

The album opens with a funny spoken word piece called "Congratulations !" about the benifits of buying a Mirthkon vehicle. "Flashbulb Of Orgasm" is fantastic with the odd- metered drumming and dissonant horns. "Banana" opens with vocals before the music gets intense, then it settles back as the contrasts continue. Some heavy guitar after 2 minutes and it ends with experimental sounds. "Automation" is such a good tune. Nice bass early as the song seems to take it's time. Some intensity 2 minutes in and 3 1/2 minutes in before a calm ends it. "Zhagunk" has some powerful outbursts throughout. Heavy duty before after 3 minutes. Cat sounds (yes cat sounds) end it along with a crashing noise. "Kharms Way" has lots of tempo shifts in it. Incredible sound 2 1/2 minutes in then it turns dark before kicking back in. A calm with piano and spoken words 6 minutes in.

"Daddylonglegz" is a catchy tune. Check out the bass 1 1/2 minutes in and the horns. Amazing track ! Crickets end it and coyote howls as it blends into "Coven Of Coyotes".This is intricate and powerful.Vocals 1 1/2 minutes in. Funny stuff. Coyotes are back late followed by experimental sounds. "Johnny Yen" hits the ground running but it's the contrasts that impress me the most. "Bappsciliophauega" is once again an incredible display of talent. Powerful with horns which get dissonant after 3 minutes with percussion. Funny spoken words end it. "Trishna" is intense and powerful. Enough said. Okay there is a calm with flute at one point. Enough said again. "Honey Key Jamboree" is very Zappa-like with vocals. Some killer guitar too that goes on and on. Nice. "The Black Fruit" is kind of dark and eerie as most black fruits tend to be. It kicks into gear before settling again.The spoken words with piano are hilarious. "Camelopardalis" has a nice heavy sound before a minute. Horns then lead.The tempo continues to shift and we get some organ in this one too. Love the dissonance late.

Just a brilliant album in every way. 4.5 stars.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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