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MECHANICAL POET

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MECHANICAL POET was born on Spring, 2002 from the ashes of experimental avant-garde metal act GLAZEMAKER, which consisted of guitarist Lex, drummer Tom and lead singer Sebastian. After several years of experimenting and performing very various genres of music the members decided to form an original melodic metal project. In this new band they wanted to unite progressive metal riffs and song structures with deep ambient pads, trance electronics and rich classical orchestrations.

First record of MECHANICAL POET was made on June, 2002. It was an instrumental 9-track demo "Trace Of The Dead Leaf" composed of old GLAZEMAKER pieces that were revised and newly orchestrated. The demo was well appreciated on Moscow underground scene and the trio started to work on their premier EP. From June to August, 2002 Lex and Tom have already composed six new tracks and on September, 2002 occupied the studio to record them. Unfortunately in the middle of the studio session the singer decided to leave the band and the work was incomplete.

Seven months were spent in auditions and endless search of a good singer. The choice was made at the end of April, 2003 after more than 130 auditions. Max became the frontman of MECHANICAL POET and put the final touches at "Handmade Essence" EP. Due to these 4 songs and 2 instrumental tracks the band received several offers from various music companies and finally signed a record deal with italian label Aural Music, the mother company for code666, Dreamcell11, GoreGorecords and Amaranth Recordings.

From the beginning of 2004 MECHANICAL POET have been working on their debut full length CD "Woodland Prattlers". The hard work was complete on September, 2004. The official release date was set on December 4th, 2004.

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3.81 | 41 ratings
Woodland Prattlers
2004
3.67 | 15 ratings
Creepy Tales For Freaky Children
2007
3.50 | 12 ratings
Who Did It To Michelle Waters?
2007
3.88 | 8 ratings
Eidoline - The Arraken Code
2008

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4.20 | 10 ratings
Handmade Essence
2003
3.60 | 5 ratings
Ghouls
2008

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3.81 | 41 ratings

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Mechanical Poet Progressive Metal

Review by jampa17
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4 stars A perfect Tim Burton movie soundtrack... This guys are dramatic and plays loud man... just great...

First, I'm not giving these 4 stars because their'e russians... I'm a devoted fan from Prog Metal and ussually find that most the bands I like end up being fans of Dream Theater... well... As long as I am a devoted fan from Dream Theater, is nice to find fresh ideas -or at least different- from what we heard day by day.... and this album, and whole their discography is quite impressive...

Now, I understand that some people could not like all the different moods and styles they use... they are too much dramatic and developes many different ambients through the main prog metal riffs... Is an interest task to put attention to... and I'm really pleased I discover this band... Is very strange, almost surreal... but I enjoy it....

Production and perfoming is quite impressive... great... 5 stars without doubt... but you may be left a little confused at the end... because there's too much to listen to... maybe they change too fast the mood and you are not prepared for that... I say you give it a try... is very interesting, and their'e not that heavy if that scares you... their most like a Rock Opera... a lot of classic -properly classic- influences with symphonic passages and strange vibes through the whole piece...

Try it... is fresh, moody, odd and surreal... great... really great...

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Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Let there be not doubt, this three guys from Russia kick ass, from the first note to the last. I was surprised but in the same time pleased to have in my colection a band from winter fields. And what an album, full of joy, positive attitude, and most important not boring. I give 3 stars because i really enjoy listen to Mechanical Poet, is something else. Forte tracks are Strayed Moppet (3:43) and Old Years' Merry Funeral (6:41). Highly recommended and another band with creativity to share , If you want something different, then add to your colection Mechanical Poet! I forget, the cover is superb and shows what is on the album. Bottom line is this is a feel good album.

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Review by u.sorib

5 stars This is the album, which changed my opinion on Russian metal bands. At first time I was shocked & was greatly surprised, when I found out that this band is from russia (I assumed Finland or English-speaking country). It's a pity, we can not visit their concert because they have broken apart. But I'm sure that the musicians of this Great band will continue recording such strange but very nice music

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Review by Prog-jester
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2 stars At first,I'm NOT a fan of Prog Metal,but sometimes I enjoy some classical releases.Second:I'm NOT quite sure,that Mechanical Poet is prog.Tobe honest,I'm Not sure at all.If they're prog ,then Iron Maiden is prog too..well,this discussion is doomed and hopeless from the very beginning.OK,I surrender,they're Prog - as you wish.Anyway,I'd prefer Blind Guardian from such style as POWER metal,where MechPoet is related more than to prog.I've noticed total absence of original ideas with great producing work - well,good soundproducing doesn't makes the whole album.I heard EPIDEMIA,the main band of Lex & Max,and Russian metal opera ELFIYSKAYA RUKOPIS (www.epidemia.ru),and all this stuff worth 2/3 stars,really.I don't even want to give'em 4 stars just because they're from Russia...Russia have also AVTOGRAF & NYL,more talented bands,IMHO.If you're Prog/Power fan,you may try it,but I'm NOT sure that you'll find something outstanding here.An overrated CD,IMHO

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Review by LeavingEntropia

4 stars When I see this band, here in ProgArchives I just download for curiosity... But when I hear the song "Bogie In A Coal-Hole"... Whoa, I had a big surprise... I had this same surprise when I meet "Circus Maximus" here in ProgArchives too, and even with my bad english I come here give my review and rating. The first impreesion that I have was the better possible, very creative and contagious, sometimes funny... Hehe, is what i call "The best in Prog", another band with creativity to share in your songs! If you wanna something different, with a handful of "magic" in songs, you must meet Mechanical Poet!

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Review by Flash Gordon

4 stars I could never dream that Russsian band can do THIS... Their recording in Russia made a big sensation last years... I can't compare them with other progers... It is such unique... But, if you interesting, these three guys(now in band only three membersб but they spend much time to find another two musicians to give us live performances...) are big Dream Theater fans... Many people agree with me, that their first album can be a great sountrack to some fantasy film... Disc stars with MAIN TITLES and ends with the great END CREDITS. First EP( there was a EP called "Handmade essence" before the album) was mutch worth I think... But now Lex, Max and Tom finaly tottaly kikcs asses to everybody... Lets hope their second album(near spring 2006) will become such musterpiece as "Woodland Prattlers"... A real musterpiece progressive metal... Must have.

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Review by Vaxis

4 stars Since Belarus, the country I live in, is not far from Russia at all, I'm quite aware of all musical events happening there. No wonder I knew of MECHANICAl POET even before the release of Woodland Prattlers. So I invaded a local musical shop the day the album was released - and I was not disappointed. The concept of the album is very unusual. The main character is a so called Mechanical Poet - a scientist and at the same time an artist. One day he arrived at some fantasy forest to write down all he sees, hears and feels there, and Woodland Prattlers is the result of his work. Each song is performed by one of the forest dwellers who tell us their stories. The variety of musical styles is just amazing: tight heavy metal, progressive epics, symphonic ballads, instrumentals and some fun songs - I'm sure anyone will find something interesting on this record. Woodland Prattlers features some of the most hilarious lyrics ever written: how about a song performed by the Old Year mourning his soon death on the New Year Eve? Or a song describing the suffering of a ghost living in an abandoned castle unable to scare anyone? The musicanship here is top-notch. Singer Max Samosvat of a Russian power metal band Epidemia offers especially impressive performance (with great English pronounciation, by the way!): clean singing, drive, growl, scream... What's more, these guys have made a revolutionary commercial decision. Forget your most secure copy protection; the best way to make people buy your albums is to offer them good design. Without this marvellous comics-style booklet you'll miss at least half of the pleasure from this album. Overall, an excellent, diversified album from cold wild Russia. :) Lots of fun. Highly recommended.

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Review by semismart
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5 stars The Russians are Coming

I suppose it was inevitable that sooner or later I would find a nifty Russian band or they would find me. Well folks whichever it is, let's talk about Mechanical Poet. That's what I said, Mechanical Poet. The name may be funny but these guys play some great music. 2005 has not been a banner year so far, for music in my book and the Woodland Pratters may be the best if not the most interesting album I've heard up until now. What can I say I'm breathless. Imagination just exudes from these guys. I've got imagination all over me, I can't get the imagination off of me. Excuse my while I go take a shower.

Phew, that's better. Sorry but I can't stand to have so much imagination on me. It's stifling. I wish I could tell you more about these three guys, yeah, there's only three but I can't even find out their last names. Anyway I did find a bio on their web site : http://www.mechanicalpoet.net/ , so If you're interested you can look it up there.. MECHANICAL POET, Woodland Pratters

Yeah I know, they have a funny name but trust me, the music is special and some mention of the CD booklet is in order. Ahaaa, I did find their last names, well two anyway, Lex Plotnikoff and Tom Tokmakoff, and there's Max, his last name is Samovar (not as bad as I suspected). My God looking for their names was like looking for Waldo. Getting back to the booklet, it's done in cartoon strip form, you know with the lyrics in clouds, and for you out their that don't read or speak Russian, the Mechanical Poets were thinking of you because the lyrics are in English.

So what kind of music is Woodland Pratters? Well I find it incredibly hard to describe. I guess you could say it's basis is traditional, symphonic progressive, with theatrical overtones, combined with an occasional dose of medium to hard rocking segments and full songs. An example is the captivating, instrumental movie score style introduction, which suddenly segues into a solid aggressive metal number - "Storm Child". All of the songs that have vocals are sung by woodland creatures (real or imaginary). "Storm Child" is performed by Harpies, with lyrics like these; "Lightnings! The flaring claws, Tight strings, Of typhoon's bows. Whiz, rave, howl, The insatiable storm! Shrill, laugh, growl, Like demoniac swarm!" Another energetic rock song is track 6 - "Strayed Moppet", sung by a little Zombie. The song does slow down a bit in the middle but it's mostly well done grinding rock. Here is part of the catchy chorus: "Strayed! I'm lost again inside the Backwoods of the sylvan maze " I failed! It's all in vain." "Swamp-Swamp Polka", is also an upbeat rock piece, though in a humorous vein, sung by Swamp Trolls.

Tracks 5 & 11 "Will O' the Wisp" and "End Credits", are also instrumentals not unlike the opening track, Danny Elfman style, score like pieces.

Of varying degrees, the remaining songs follow the orchestra backed Symphonic/Progressive format, featuring several different vocalists and a wide assortment of instruments. "Boogie In a Coal-Hole", is a dramatic, harmonious varied pace number, sung by a Bogie. "Sirens From the Underland" is a solemn, almost dirge like piece with pleasant lyrics sung by the Earth folk "Lay your head on a feathery moss. Freeze your mind and drown in doss. See the places you have never been. Let the magic begin" "Old Year's Merry Funeral", my favorite, starts out as a plucky rocker but swiftly diverges to lush symphonic elements and varies style and tempo throughout. This is the most eclectic number and resembles Trans Siberian Orchestra on the choruses: "Needless, outdated, feckless, antiquated. I was welcomed like a King and left as a broken thing. Dying, hopeless, desolated, crying, doomed, alienated". It is sung by A Dying Year. "Natural Quaternion", at over eleven minutes, is the longest song on the album. It is however, divided into four parts, for four different woodland creatures - Sylphs, Gnomes, Undines and Salamanders. It is like "Old Year's Merry Funeral" Melodic/Progressive with orchestral and choir backing and different lead singers. "Shades on a Casement" is an easy going but elegantly captive Art/Rock ballad sung by the Foresters Cadet.

Song/Track List

[.1.] Main Titles ***** [.2.] Storm child ***** (Performed by the Harpies) [.3.] Bogie In A Coal-Hole **** (Performed by a Bogie) [.4.] Sirens From The Underland **** (Performed by the Earthfolk) [.5.] Will O' The Wisp **** [.6.] Strayed Moppet **** (Performed by a Little Zombie) [.7.] Old Year's Merry Funeral ***** (Performed by a Dying Year) [.8.] Natural Quaternion ***** (Performed by the Elements) [.9.] Shades On A Casement ***** (Performed by a Forester's Cadet) [10] Swamp-Stamp-Polka ***** (Performed by the Swamp Trolls) [11] End Credits *****

CONCLUSION

I Like these guys. Not just for their music but for their attitude. These guys want to make music their way but they want to have fun doing it and by God everything about this album, screams FUN.

Just listen to the very last thing written in the album booklet, in insurance company small print I might add. "And many many thanks to all those strange beautiful people who found our demo CD somewhere and listened to it gladly, sent us all these touching emails, wrote all these great comments in our guest book and praised an absolutely unknown weird Russian band on the discussion boards. Perhaps you don't even know how needful and inspiring it was for us. we've done our best composing, arranging, recording, mixing, and producing this album - mostly because of you. "

Yes these are my kind of guys and this is a most enjoyable album.

Bottom line is this is a feel good album.

Note

This review is only for the single disc version of Woodland Pratters.

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