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RITUAL

Ritual

 

Crossover Prog

3.87 | 92 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars 3.5 stars. There is a lot of variety on this Prog-related album, which means (for me anyway) that there will be hits and misses. In fact there are 4 tracks I really like a lot, while conversely there are 4 songs i'm not fond of at all. One thing this record exudes is enthusiasm and humour, and it is infectious. Quite a change from the ANEKDOTEN / SINKADUS moods I love so much.

The record starts off with "Wingspread" with it's catchy chorus, and it quickly becomes apparent that we have a very talented vocalist in Patrik Lundstrom (KAIPA) at the helm. This is really brought out in "The Way Of Things" where he shines ! The fast singing reminds me of ECHOLYN and GENTLE GIANT. The first two tracks are okay. "Life Has Just Begun" continues with the focus on the vocals, and we also get some nice flute and mandolin. Not a fan of this one. The songs "Typhoons Decide", "A Little More Like Me" and "Seasong..." were all inspired by either short stories, or a novel by Tove Jansson.

My favourite song is "Solitary Man". The stakes have been raised by this song. There's a beautiful instrumental break, as well as a nice organ solo. "Dependance Day" is another favourite, very Celtic sounding, a toe tapper. "You Can Never Tell" has sweet harmonies, almost QUEEN-like, and the rhythm section really shows their stuff. Not a fan though. Second favourite song is "Big Black Secret" although this may become number one, it's so good ! I was surprised at how heavy it is, the drums thunder and the piano is played so well.

A little bit for everyone on this one. They thank Dirk Jacob of TEMPUS FUGIT in the liner notes.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |

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