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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars This is CROSS' ninth studio album released in 2004. Quite a few guests on this one mostly helping out with vocal harmonies, but there is some guest sax and violin as well.

"Let The Play Begin..." opens with keyboards before the bass and drums join in as a full sound arrives. Vocals after a minute as it settles. I like the guitar before 3 minutes that solos tastefully.The synth solo after 4 1/2 minutes is interesting.It then settles with some lazy guitar before kicking back in with vocals. "Deja Vu" has some low end to it as bass and drums lead early on. It does lighten as this instrumental plays out. Heavier again before 3 minutes then the guitar starts to solo slowly. "A New Beginning" opens with keyboards and atmosphere as reserved vocals join in.The guitar cries out after a minute and continues until about 2 1/2 minutes when the tempo picks up and vocals join in. Some smooth sax 8 minutes in. Atmosphere ends it.

"The Battle Of Thalyma" opens with a heavy beat and synths standing out. Guitar before a minute but it's the synths that dominate on this instrumental. "...And Enter The Game" opens with synths and a heavy beat. Vocals join in quickly. Not a fan of the lighter harmonies here. Guitar and keyboards lead the way though. "Fjarilshonung" is less than a minute of acoustic guitar and mellow instrumental music. "Mesmerizing Enterprize" ends it with over 15 minutes of sand moving music. Powerful start with synths and drums then the tempo picks up. It settles as the vocals arrive. Nice guitar after 3 1/2 minutes. The tempo and mood continue to shift. A calm with vocal melodies 8 1/2 minutes in. Then it builds back up very slowly.

A pretty good album overall.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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