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One Shot


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.41 | 22 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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5 stars ONE SHOT are one of my all-time favourite bands.That combination of Fender Rhodes piano, huge bass lines and outstanding drumming all in a dark and heavy setting just does it for me. Yes there is guitar too but it seems to take a back seat in this style of music a lot of the time. 3 / 4 of the band were MAGMA members and as you might guess from the band's name they didn't really expect to carry on after the one concert. I say 3 / 4 "were" MAGMA members because keyboardist Emmanuel Borghi has since been replaced by Bruno Ruder, but of note he has also replaced Emmanuel in MAGMA. The guy can play ! And we still get tons of my beloved Fender Rhodes piano.This is a live performance from Tokyo, Japan and we even get the talents of guitarist Kido Natsuki on the final track.You might know him from BONDAGE FRUIT or KOREKYOJIN.

"Urm" is my favourite and it opens with a slow, dark beat as the Fender Rhodes comes and goes. A change 3 1/2 minutes then we get some huge bass lines a minute later. Love the guitar which reminds me of ANEKDOTEN. Check out the piano after 9 minutes as that heavy, hypnotic rhythm continues.Amazing track ! "Black P" is a classic ONE SHOT track. Check out the deep, growly bass from Bussonnet as the drums pound and the guitar plays over top. The Fender Rhodes comes and goes. Mac Gaw is ripping it up on the guitar after 5 minutes then it's Ruder's turn on the piano.

"Def MKI" begins with guitar then the drums and bass take over followed by keys. Angular guitar before 4 minutes. Great sound after 5 minutes. "Ewas Vader" has this pulsating ryhthm as the piano plays over top and the guitar grinds away. Incredible ! The throbbing bass with piano after 5 minutes sounds so good. It gets really intense after 9 minutes to end it. "Missing imperator" is quite heavy with slabs of bass and drums to start. It settles into a slow but heavy groove then it picks up before 3 minutes. The guitar continues over top. It settles back around 11 minutes and we get some killer drum work from Jeand'heur here. "Monsieur G" is the jazziest tune on here and the guitar (Kido) lights it up around a minute.The piano replaces the guitar. It turns jazzy again late to end it.

Well I am a fan-boy but 5 stars is what I have to give up for this live offering.

Mellotron Storm | 5/5 |


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