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SPACE METAL (SPECIAL EDITION)

Star One

 

Progressive Metal

3.92 | 71 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars 3.5 stars.This is in the style of the AYREON projects with different vocalists singing the parts of people in the story line. These songs are taken from different Science Fiction movies or shows, and so we have "Space Metal". Floor Jansen from AFTER FOREVER really provides some beautiful backup vocals and lead vocals at times, Russell Allen from SYMPHONY X has the bulk of the vocal work though, and is outstanding !

"Set The Controls" opens with heavy duty drums and bass, and the guitar just smokes ! There is also some organ and two synth solos. I must admit i'm not a fan of the harmonies on this one. One of my favourites is "High Moon", it's heavy with chunky riffs and hammond organ. "Songs Of The Ocean" has an addicting beat to it, and some killer riffs. Floor, Damian and Russell share the vocals."Master Of Darkness" is another standout, with amazing solos by SHADOW GALLERY's lead guitarist Gary Wehrkamp. "The Eye Of Ra" contrasts light and heavy soundscapes.

"Sandrider" is one cool song, Dan Swano takes the lead on vocals for this one. "Perfect Survivor" features a great guitar melody, some organ play and some standout guitar riffs. "Starchild" features some beautiful soaring guitar and I like Damian's vocal presence. I'm so glad I got the "Special Edition" double disc. The second disc is as good as the first. And keeping with the space metal theme there is a HAWKWIND medley of songs for almost ten minutes with non other than Dave Brock doing the vocals on it ! It sounds fantastic ! The David Bowie cover "Space Oddity" again keeping in theme, is a refreshing cover.

I think AYREON fans will love this, unfortunately i'm not big on that style of music where it feels like i'm listening to a musical, even if it is Prog-Metal. And the harmonies bother me but I think that's just because it reminds me of AYREON

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |

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