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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars As Bonnek has pointed out in his review of this album there is some controversy as to how legit this album is. Pyramid Records printed off around 25 copies of vinyl and sold them at art galleries etc. No original copy has ever shown up to verify this and since the cds came out in the nineties many feel these were actually recorded in the nineties but made to sound like a long lost Krautrock classic.The names of the band members led to nowhere when they tried to investigate which is another question mark of course. Like Bonnek I do question how authentic this is just on how it sounds. For most though the bottom line is the music and how good it is. I've really been enjoying the vibe of this record but it wasn't until I had a close listen that I realized that there's something missing.The music doesn't really grab me.The mellotron, organ and synths aren't that upfront and the songs do come across as improvs so...

"Orion Awakes" opens with a beat as sound echo in a psychedelic manner.The guitar before 2 minutes starts to solo as the sound builds. It settles back after 2 1/2 minutes then it rebuilds. Guitar before 4 1/2 minutes. Check out the sound 6 1/2 minutes in. Quite the echo. "Stellar Launch" opens with sounds coming and going then we get a steady beat that picks up. Great sound 2 1/2 minutes in then it settles back after 3 minutes. It's building again then it settles back 5 minutes then builds to an intense jam. An insane finish too. "Godhead Dance" opens with percussion then the guitar comes in playing over top with some aggression as they jam.

"Jupiter & Beyond" has some energy with lots of bottom end. A calm before 3 minutes as it turns psychedelic. It kicks back in quickly but it's not as uptempo. Another calm before 4 1/2 minutes then it slowly builds.The tempo slows down again before 9 minutes but the atmosphere is thick and it's psychedelic. It's picking back up 11 1/2 minutes in then settles back. "The Returning" is mid paced with drums outfront. It's fuller a minute in with guitar. It picks up before 6 minutes to end it.

3.5 stars for now. As I said earlier it's missing something.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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