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BACK FROM THE VOID

High Wheel

 

Symphonic Prog

3.20 | 24 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars Not a bad album by any means from these Germans.These are fairly straight-forward tracks really that are well done, I just don't know if Prog fans will get too excited over this.The vocals are the weakest link but they are okay.

"Try An Error" starts off in a fantastic way with a great heavy sound and prominant organ. Sadly when the vocals arrive i've lost my enthusiasm. Still the instrumental parts of this track kicks some butt. "The Screamer" is over 12 minutes and divided into three sections. First up is "Before The Raid" with it's atmosphere and gentle guitar as reserved vocals join in. It stays mellow throughout. "Blasted By Screams" like the opening track sounds amazing with the deep bass lines and organ.Vocals come in but they sound better than they did on the first tune. Some nice guitar here too, especially before 2 1/2 minutes when it solos. My favourite track on here. "Silent Room" is back to the atmosphere but it does build as vocals join in. Drums to the fore 3 1/2 minutes in. "Sleepless" opens with strummed guitar as vocals join in. I'm not a fan of his singing when he delivers it in a higher pitch like here.The sound gets fuller. I like when the organ comes in at 4 1/2 minutes. "Void" opens fairly heavily with background synths too as vocals come in. Great sound 2 1/2 minutes in when we get some powerful organ and samples. Unfortunately it ends after 3 1/2 minutes and some weird vocal arrangments come in.

"Dark" opens with flute and acoustic guitar. Some mellow vocals join in. Not a fan. "Blind Archer" is the 10 song epic at 32 minutes. First up is "On The Archer's Hill". I like the guitar intro then heavy bass and drums kick in.Yes ! Great sound here.Vocals a minute in as it continues to be heavy. A top three track for sure. "Harvest" is laid back with solo piano to start. It does get fuller and vocals join in. Some excellent sounding guitar before 5 minutes. "Twisted" is a short piece of less than 2 minutes. Organ and a beat are joined by spacey vocals. Cool track with some flute too. "Intersphere" is heavy with organ,bass and drums standing out.The vocals before a minute are okay but they bring the song down in my opinion. "Man In The Clouds" has some guest violin leading the way. Mournful stuff as fragile vocals join in. It does get fuller as violin and reserved vocals continue. "Globes" is spacey throughout. I like it ! "Strings" is almost funky as sounds dance around the soundscape.Vocals a minute in and there are some GENTLE GIANT-like vocal arrangments here. I think this whole song is inspired by them as well. "Arrows" is kind of epic as the guitar soars.Vocals also soar when they come in. "Hall Of Fame" sounds like the same song as the previous one until it settles back. "Archer" is spacey and atmospheric.

A good album with some brilliant sections in it. Defintely check this out if you can because if you like the vocals I think you will rate this high.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |

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