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Experimental/Post Metal

3.60 | 155 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars 3.5 stars. This is the first OSI album not to feature guests on it. And of course they have had some significant people helping them out over the previous three albums like Steven Wilson, Mikael Akerfeldt, Tim Bowness, Joey Vera, Mike Portnoy and more. This is the same trio that were on the last album "Blood" with Matheos, Moore and Harrison. And again we do get plenty of programming and electronics. To my ears there seems like there is more ambient and dark sections on this one when compared to the previous three records, but make no mistake this sounds like OSI.

"Cold Call" is kind of cool as we get samples of a radio station broadcast that tells the listeners that the government is about to release an important emergency statement so everything is on hold. A beat can be heard as these words are spoken then it gets heavier after 1 1/2 minutes then here we go ! They are crushing it then the vocals come in at 2 1/2 minutes as the heavy riffs continue to come and go. It turns out there is no announcement forth coming much to the amusement of the announcer. "Guards" rocks pretty good everytime the guitar kicks in, especially during the instrumental section after 3 1/2 minutes. "Indian Curse" is fairly laid back with vocals. Not too impressed with the first three tracks but "Enemy prayer" is a top three for me. Everything sounds better on this track. Electronics and keys to open. It kicks in before a minute with riffs. Electronics and keys are back before 3 minutes then the drums join in. Ripping guitar before 4 minutes.

"Wind Won't Howl" is another top three. We get a beat with electronics as reserved vocals join in. It's heavier after 3 1/2 minutes. Great sounding track. "Big Chief II" is catchy with vocals and it does get heavy at times. "For Nothing" is laid back with vocals. I like it ! "Invisible men" is the almost 10 minute closer and one of the best OSI songs that i've heard. Sounds build as the vocals come in. Great sound after 3 1/2 minutes. Then we get a dark calm. The guitar starts to grind away then it kicks in after 4 1/2 minutes. It settles with vocals then the guitar kicks in again as contrasts continue. It calms right down late to end it.

This might grow on me but i'm a little disappointed with it.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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