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Pholas Dactylus


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.75 | 53 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars PHOLAS DACTYLUS released this one album back in 1973. For many this is one of those lost gems and I think we all have those from the RPI genre. Personally I enjoyed a lot of it but a prominant annoyance is the vocals. I'm just not into narration and you can double that if it's in a language I don't understand. Well there lots of Italian narration here and when he sings he still pretty much speaks the lyrics. I like when he gets theatrical though. It's interesting how these long suites change and develope, certainly this is what entertains us Prog fans but overall this album isn't my style.

I like the experimental section after 18 1/2 minutes when it settles and we get these strange sounds but then narration returns after 22 minutes.The second part opens with what sounds like a party of sorts in the background then the music kicks in before a minute. I like the guitar a lot 6 1/2 minutes in as they jam for a few minutes. Nice.

3.5 stars. Maybe as others have already mentioned this will take many more listens to appreciate but again the narration in Italian will always be there in my way.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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