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Ozric Tentacles


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.75 | 154 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars I consider OZRIC'S 1990's albums to be their best works.This particular record was released in 2004 and comes across as more of an Ed Wynne solo album than it does a band effort.The rest of the band contribute little to this record.The electronics are more prominant than i've ever heard them and we only get real drums on 3 tracks with the rest being programmed. I was surprised to see the band on the Magna Carta label for this album as well. So while the sound might not be as organic as in the past it is cool to hear the legendary Steve Hillage guesting on one track. Now despite my negativity keep in mind that this is a good album and is rated highly by most OZRIC fans as well.

"Chewier" has a driving rhythm to it and it sounds great.The guitar comes in ripping it up before 2 1/2 minutes. A calm before 4 1/2 minutes then it kicks back in. "Spirals In Hyperspace" is more laid back with lots of synths.The guitar starts to solo before 2 1/2 minutes then back to the previous soundscape. A nice throbbing sound here. Check out the percussion 6 minutes in then the guitar returns lighting it up. "Slinky" has a good beat with synth sounds. An enjoyable sound really.Guitar after 6 minutes. "Toka Tola" again has lots of synths and a beat. Some guitar then a calm after 5 minutes.

"Plasmoid" is all about the electronics and we get some voice expressions with that relentless beat.The tempo picks up after 4 minutes. "Oakum" has water sounds to start as an Eastern vibe joins in. An electronic beat follows as the water sounds continue. It's heavier after 3 1/2 minutes and the tempo picks up after 5 minutes. "Akasha" sounds excellent with all those synth sounds. Hillage guests on this one with guitar and as usual sounds amazing. "Psychic Chasm" is synth led and the drums kick in around 3 1/2 minutes. Good track. "Zoemetra" has some intricate guitar early nad plenty of flute later on.

As I said this is a good album but for me it doesn't compare to those nineties albums.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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