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The Nerve Institute


Crossover Prog

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars Mike Judge originally from Kansas City but now living somewhere in Texas does it all folks. Drums, lead guitar, sax, keyboards, bowed strings, synths, mellotron, electronics and on and on. He recorded it and played all the instruments and of course wrote the lyrics. Udi Koomran mastered this beast when it was all finished. Udi is the master at making sure it sounds like it should.The music here is so interesting that it's hard to put into words. A definite Avant-garde flavour and yet it really blurs the lines between what is considered melodic and accessible and what is experimental and left of center.The music is quite dense as there always seems to be a lot going on. I've been listening to "Part The Second" by MAUDILIN OF THE WELL and I often get the same vibe from these two albums.You know there's something really special happening but at times it isn't very clear what that is,you just know it. I call that going over my head.This album does that a lot.

"Horror Vacui" won me over quickly with what sounds like Fender Rhodes to start. Outbursts of sound come and go as the vocals join in. Love the uplifting sections with strummed guitar and vocals. Some angular guitar after 2 1/2 minutes then it turns mellow with vocals a minute later. A great sounding section from before 6 minutes to the end.

"Prussian Blue Persuasion" is led by drums and electric piano early as vocals and a full sound follows. Bowed strings come in after the vocals stop and the guitar follows.Vocals are back before 3 minutes. More instrumental work follows right to the end. Man I love this stuff.

"Tooth & Flea Korowod" opens with vocals and drums. Atmosphere and angular guitar take over then the vocals return. We get a repetitive rhythm after 6 minutes as the guitar does it's thing. It kicks back in before 7 1/2 minutes but it's brief.

"Die Neue Moritat..." is a short piece that opens in an experimental manner as the drums join in then guitar. It's experimental again to end it.

"La Jalousie" is haunting to start then it kicks in heavily. It settles back then we get vocals.Vocals stop and the guitar leads 3 1/2 minutes in. It's angular a minute later and the organ comes in. It settles after 6 1/2 minutes with keys and more.

"Hadassah Esther Cruciform" opens with vocals and as usual a lot going on instrumentally. A heavier and darker passage comes in before 4 minutes. A calm after 7 minutes.

"Banbe Magnetique...At The Ossuary" is the longest track at over 12 minutes.Vocals to start but it becomes all instrumental fairly quickly.Vocals are back though before 2 1/2 minutes briefly. A more powerful sound follows but it's also brief. Love the instrumental passages. Angular guitar after 6 minutes. Great section ! It settles before 10 minutes and dissonant sax ends it.

Udi mentioned that this album and CALOMITO's latest are two albums that contain the kind of music that he longs for.That's saying something.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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