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RADIO MASSACRE INTERNATIONAL

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Radio Massacre International is a trio of British musicians, Steve Dinsdale (Keyboards and Drums), Duncan Goddard (Keyboards and Bass), and Gary Houghton (Guitar, Synth). This project delivers astral-electronic soundscapes made of analog synthesised textures, acoustic avant garde, conventional rock instrumentation and minimal hypno rhythms. Musically and in terms of composition, Radio Massacre International is very closed to Klaus Schulze, Richard Wahnfried, Software and everything published for Innovative Communication (late 70s tradition of the so called Berlin electronic kosmische music). They notably published a few albums on Cuneiform Records (Mother Mallard, Richard Pinhas, National Health...) and on Northern Echo Recording.

Discography:

Frozen North (1995)
Knutsford In May (1996)
Republic (1996)
At The October Gallery (1997)
Burned & Frozen (1997)
Diabolica (1997)
Organ Harvest (1997)
A Bridge Too Far (1998)
Borrowed Atoms (1998)
Gulf (1998)
Bothered Atmos (1999)
Maelstrom (1999)
Been There, Done That (2000)
Concerts At Jodrell Bank (2000)
The God Of Electricity (2000)
Upstairs Downstairs (2000)
Zabriskie Point (2000)
Planets In The Wires (2001)
Startide (2001)
Greenhousing (2002)
Solid States (2003)
E-Live 2003 (2004)
Hog Wild (2004)
People Would Really Like Space Rock If They Would Only Give It A Try (2004)
Virtaa Arts Festival, 2004 ( 2004)
Walking On The Sea (2004)
Emissaries (2005)
Lost In Space (2006)
Septentrional (2006)
Blacker (2007)
Rain Falls In Grey (2007)
Antisocial (2008)
Fast Forward (2008)
Philidelphia Air-Shot ( 2008)
Rain Falls In A Different Way (2008)
E-Live 2008 (2009)
Time & Motion (2010)

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4.08 | 7 ratings
Frozen North
1995
4.00 | 3 ratings
Burned & Frozen
1997
4.00 | 3 ratings
Diabolica
1997
4.00 | 1 ratings
Organ Harvest
1997
4.00 | 4 ratings
Gulf
1998
4.50 | 2 ratings
Borrowed Atoms
1998
3.96 | 4 ratings
Bothered Atmos
1999
3.80 | 7 ratings
The God of Electricity
2000
3.91 | 2 ratings
Zabriskie Point
2000
3.87 | 4 ratings
Star Tide
2001
3.95 | 3 ratings
Planets In The Wires
2001
4.00 | 4 ratings
Maelstrom
2002
3.75 | 4 ratings
Solid States
2003
3.96 | 8 ratings
Emissaries
2005
3.20 | 5 ratings
Septentrional
2006
4.92 | 3 ratings
Blacker
2007
3.67 | 9 ratings
Rain Falls in Grey
2007
3.33 | 6 ratings
Time & Motion
2010
2.50 | 2 ratings
City 21
2011
5.00 | 1 ratings
The Clouds of Titan
2013

RADIO MASSACRE INTERNATIONAL Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.90 | 3 ratings
Knutsford In May
1996
3.05 | 2 ratings
Been There, Done That
2000
4.00 | 1 ratings
Upstairs Downstairs
2000
3.10 | 2 ratings
People Would Really Like Space-Rock If They Would Only Give It A Try
2004
3.00 | 1 ratings
Hog Wild
2004

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3.97 | 3 ratings
Lost in Space
2006

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 Frozen North by RADIO MASSACRE INTERNATIONAL album cover Studio Album, 1995
4.08 | 7 ratings

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Frozen North
Radio Massacre International Progressive Electronic

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars This was RADIO MASSACRE INTERNATIONAL's first studio album released in 1995. It's a double with over 2 hours of amazing music. My favourite release by the band continues to be "Knutsford In May" a live release while my favourite studio album is "Bothered Atmos". By the way "Frozen North" is stuffed with mellotron.

Disc one starts off with "Wrecks" an over 20 minute track with what sounds like liquid keys early on as this spacey atmosphere flutters and flows. A fuller sound arrives after 3 minutes including mellotron which really comes to the fore 7 1/2 minutes in. It all picks up and gets louder before 9 minutes. Great sound before 11 minutes with that electronic beat and mellotron that continues to the end. "What's The Point Of Going To Crete?" has these fearful outbursts that come and go then electronics and a deep atmosphere roll in. An electronic rhythm kicks in before 2 minutes. Incredible sound after 4 minutes on this one. "Small Frozen North" sounds like the atmosphere is causing powerful waves of sound. An electronic rhythm is added around 2 minutes. "Rosemary's Baby" is very cinematic and powerful with what sounds like piano joining in. "Drown" has an eerie feel to it not surprisingly considering the title of this track. Check out the mellotron after 3 minutes, it's majestic to say the least. A change after 5 minutes with an electronic beat coming in and less atmosphere. It's building though then it settles back. It all sounds very urgent as it builds again.

Disc two features only two long tracks including the 28 1/2 minute "Frozen North I" which opens with deep sounds that echo before spacey sounds take over quickly. It's interesting hearing the sounds after 3 minutes because i'm really reminded of Holger Czukay's "Boat-Woman-Song" from 1969. This continues for about 11 minutes when it changes with different beats and spacey sounds joining forces along with mellotron. It calms down after 17 minutes then we get percussion sounds and twittering after 21 minutes. The deep sounds from early on are back as it ends much like it began. "Frozen North IV" is the over 40 minute closer. A haunting sound from the depths stands out as lighter sounds chime in and out. The mellotron choirs after 2 minutes are heavenly. It eventually settles back as sounds crash in the background while mellotron choirs come in waves. Another calm after 14 minutes as pleasant sounds ebb and flow. Haunting mellotron then another calm 19 1/2 minutes in before the electronics arrive a minute later. The mellotron is back as the electronic beat continues. After 30 minutes the sound has such a depth to it then that beat stops before 33 minutes as it turns eerie with lots of mellotron. It ends as it began.

So another winner from RMI that's full of mellotron. I wish it was shorter and there was more guitar but this is excellent to say the least.

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 The God of Electricity by RADIO MASSACRE INTERNATIONAL album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.80 | 7 ratings

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The God of Electricity
Radio Massacre International Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt

3 stars With such a name, I somehow, was expecting something more like Tim Hecker's "dark" electronics. No it is more like TD with touches of distorted moogs, and bits of white noise, here and there. Around track "part 3", the musical language of RMI, flourishes in flashes and splashes, although it does not really get away from the "dark tones" of TD's "Ricochet". Song 4, "part 4", starts with some "cool" white noise and a nice sequencer riff, but the melody soon starts again to set you back to TD's domain. I start to think that I should have chosen for my review, TD instead of RMI. (but I've already done those). Anyway, my expectations for such a great title like "The God of Electricity", will seem more like a tribute of recognition, RMI offers to TD's "Rubycon", "Ricochet" and specifically "Stratosfear" albums.

I will try later *Radio Massacre International's "Maelstrom", which I hope gets better, as far as original music composition goes. In "The God of Electricity" it is quiet scarce, and not that daring, beyond some cacophonies of white noise and noise alone, at the end of "part 5". Part 6 will have mellowed down some really "obscure/dramatic" previous song, but as it is, it is just a nice "mellow" distorted electric guitar song, which so far is the only real "original" non TD song, although, it could be anyone's Folk/Blues/Rock electronic song, with a blurry background mellotron. Part 8 returns again to the "Rubycon' years with added touches of rain.. To be honest, I was really enthusiastic about this band, quiet a disappointment, if you grew up with the golden "era" of TD.

This is the kind of work that needs to many justifications to be listened with empathy, and I will recommend it, ONLY, if you have already bought it, and kind of see it as "tribute" to TD's great years "redux", performed by a younger generation of electronic musicians.

AND if you kind of feel they owe you music for such a *massive name of a band, turn to Tim Hecker's "Ravedeath", that is a real electronic radio "massacre" and even "international". (Tim's Canadian)

***3 PA stars, if you see it as a "tribute", I repeat, of TD'S greatest works, besides that, you are on your own.

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 Knutsford In May by RADIO MASSACRE INTERNATIONAL album cover Live, 1996
4.90 | 3 ratings

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Knutsford In May
Radio Massacre International Progressive Electronic

Review by Guldbamsen
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5 stars Beam me up Scotty

The environment along with the circumstances of any given concert is always essential - I guess more than we will ever know. Sometimes it´s the feel of the audience that makes the artists give just that little extra - transforming what could have been a run of the mill gig into something unintelligible and magic. Take the Band of Gypsys record with Jimi Hendrix´ sonic rendition of the Vietnam war during Machine Gun, or maybe the Santana performance at Woodstock from the same year. Both of them contain a ferocity and an inexplicable energy that transcends both time and space, and leaves the audience in sheer unadulterated awe.

However blasphemous and pagan this may sound to you, Radio Massacre International actually manage to evoke those same feelings and connections between the music and the gig. This is just an electronic concert... Recorded back in 1996 under one of the biggest satellite dishes in the world, Knutsford in May feels like a major event, that just 2 decades earlier would have made booming headlines, and drawn music fans from all over the world to experience this far out and riveting experiment. One of the key elements here, is that you can virtually feel - and almost grab a hold of the inspiration during this gig. It is practically running down the sides of the satellite dish, and all through this event, the band continues to give just that little extra sounding like a string of soft implosions - and explosions, so when it actually finishes, I feel like I´ve been through an asteroid storm and I could sleep for a decade. It´s exhaustive and fulfilling at the same time.

Through improvisational skills, bleeping sequencers, choir mellotrons, waves of gentle riffing guitars to muffled yearning and simple string work, there indeed is some kind of deep space travel going on here. Imagine Klaus Schulze and Edgar Froese rolling up a doobie, for then to start communicating with a towering mountain, and you are almost there, but then again not really.... It is so easy to compare electronic artists to those 2 godfathers of yesteryear, and sure RMI utilizes much of the same instruments and wobbling textures, but then it only makes it all the more fantastic, that these guys emanate a distinctive personality. They sound like themselves so to speak...

This is an astonishing take on the Berliner school, and I urge anyone with an interest in experimental electronic music to have a listen. It is slow moving music that takes its time to develop, and if you´ve ever seen those nature movies where the cameras have been filming for long periods of time - capturing the snow-capped peaks of Kathmandu changing colors in the most enchanting way inside a time frame of 30 seconds, then try imagining these natural mechanics applied to music.

I am not going to scrutinize these tracks, because they feel like they belong to themselves in their own little world, and personally I think it´d perhaps destroy these mysterious images that burns inside my mind - like imagination infused petrol - all on account of the music.

What this record really sounds like, makes me think of the ascending smoke from a lit cigarette. You know those spiraling smoke patterns caught in the light from an overhead window - looking like shifting mosaics of a rising spirit piloting for the upper stratosphere, if only the winds would keep to themselves. Welcome to the magic.

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 Lost in Space by RADIO MASSACRE INTERNATIONAL album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2006
3.97 | 3 ratings

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Lost in Space
Radio Massacre International Progressive Electronic

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars 4.5 stars. This is a six disc box set from those space-walkers from the UK. The music is from 1987 to 2003. "Lost In Space" is a great title for this set of music because that is often the feeling you get.This is what it says on the back of the case. "This set of six discs is a collection, arranged more-or-less chronicologically, of things that we've never released in any form before. Ah-except for "Frozen North II", strictly speaking & "Damo". But they were both live versions & very different from what you've got here. Some of these pieces were recorded before we'd even thought about the distant possibility of selling stuff to other people to listen to (again), while others were recorded after we'd begun releasing cds, but found themselves on the cutting-room floor because they somehow didn't belong on whatever album we were in the middle of assembling,or they were too long & we didn't want to abbreviate them."

There are notes with each track as well in the liner notes. I also wanted to mention that on the Planet Mellotron site Andy gives this five Trons.That means it's stuffed to the gills with mellotron, and if your a fan of RADIO MASSACRE INTERNATIONAL's early mellotron drenched albums then this is a must.

Disc four is my favourite as we get such powerful soundscapes filled with atmosphere and mellotron.Quite haunting at times too. I'm not going to go track by track since there's about 7 hours of music here but for fans of this band you should know that the music here doesn't take a back seat to their official releases. And I find the info about each track very interesting.

This is a valuable addition to my RADIO MASSACRE INTERNATIONAL collection, in fact it really completes it.

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 Emissaries by RADIO MASSACRE INTERNATIONAL album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.96 | 8 ratings

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Emissaries
Radio Massacre International Progressive Electronic

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars I must admit that I was a little disappointed with the last two live RADIO MASSACRE INTERNATIONAL albums from 2004 that I reviewed because they had dropped the mellotron and they just didn't sound like their old selves. Well my faith has been renewed big time with this 2005 release which is a double album with one being a studio album and the other a live recording from Philadelphia. Interesting enough it was Ken Golden's (Laser's Edge) description of sitting in that church in Philadelpia in 2004 and watching and listening to these guys play that moved me to buy my first RMI album. Ken was obviously blown away and it was that same event that Steve from Wayside Music approached the band afterwards and ended up signing these guys to his Cuneiform Label where they are now. After the concert at the church the band packed up their equipment and went over to the WXPN radio station to play a live 2 hour set on Chuck Van Zyl's legendary Star's End show.The music from that show is the second disc only edited down to around 76 1/2 minutes. A comic can be accessed from your computer that goes with the music. It was created by avant comic book author Matt Howarth who collaborated with the band on this. In fact he did a lot of the work on this comic while listening to the live radio show. The band gave him the honour of naming the songs for this recording. Also the band created the studio album in direct response to the finished comis strip completing the creative loop. Matt did the cover art for this album as well.

"Seeds Crossiong The Intersteller Void" opens with the feeling i'm standing in a wind storm until around 2 1/2 minutes when horn-like sounds come and go. Mellotron before 4 minutes.Yes ! Synths come in then we get guitar 7 minutes in. An electronic beat then takes over after 8 1/2 minutes and it will stop late. "A Preist Crossing Frozen Water" has this beat with spacey sounds. Sequencers take over then guitar and mellotron (the dynamic duo) come in before 4 minutes. Hell yeah ! It turns spacey to end it and blends into "Mad Bob's Self Inflicted Torment". I like how this sounds with that picked guitar, mellotron and synth sounds. It becomes louder and more spacey before 6 1/2 minutes. Processed vocal sounds after 8 minutes as it blends into "The Emissaries Revealed Themselves". Sequencers arrive and build. Mellotron before 5 minutes. It settles and blends into "The Ice Garden" which isn't as rhythmic as the other tracks and a little more experimental. Mellotron rolls in halfway through. "A Promise Of Salvation" ends the studio album and it has a beat that builds with some deep sounds too. A fantastic studio album right there which the band calls the "Emissaries Suite" because this is one long suite divided into sections.

The live album isn't quite as good in my opinion but almost. "An Intersteller Vacuum Is Far From Empty" is a beautiful piece that is spacey and haunting. "Mobile Star Systems" features a lot of sequencer sounds and I really like it. Guitar after 7 minutes. "A Piano Wanders The Incandescent Vapours" does have piano in it surprisingly enough. It's spacey with guitar expressions early though then we get keys followed by mellotron. Just a great sounding track. "Sympathy For The Bedeviled" has a spacey backdrop with sparse guitar.This is excellent ! Some organ too in this impressive track. "The Arrival Of The Seeds" has lots of sequencer sounds with synths over top. "Deliverance From Nucleur Winter" ends it with more sequencers and eventually spacey synths over top.

A fine recording indeed that will appeal to fans of ASHRA,TANGERINE DREAM and many other high quality Electronic bands.

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 Gulf by RADIO MASSACRE INTERNATIONAL album cover Studio Album, 1998
4.00 | 4 ratings

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Gulf
Radio Massacre International Progressive Electronic

Review by Progfan97402

4 stars This 1998 CD-R really scared me, and I don't scare easy when it comes for music. I can listen to Tangerine Dream's Zeit and not get spooked out, but Gulf is probably one of the most sinister sounding recordings I have ever heard. The band captured the gruesome feel of the 1991 Gulf War. Gulf was apparently recorded in 1993 just as they acquired a Doepfer MAQ 16/3 sequencer, but as with so many of their releases, never released at the time, this one seeing the light of day in 1998, as a band-sanctioned CD-R. "Gulf" starts off with their trademark sequencers, with plenty of great synths and Mellotron. "Scud" really frightens me with that sinister droning, plus the sound of warfare, you expect nothing lighthearted when a band is trying to create the feel of war. "Desert Storm", for some reason is a bit mellower, but there are some really otherwordly sounds that surface. This stuff is not for the faint of heart, that's for sure, but even this release, they prove once again they make great music without going that "play it safe" New Age route!

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 Zabriskie Point by RADIO MASSACRE INTERNATIONAL album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.91 | 2 ratings

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Zabriskie Point
Radio Massacre International Progressive Electronic

Review by Progfan97402

4 stars This has nothing to do with Michelangelo Antonioni's 1970 film of the same name, and instead simply music inspired by place in the California desert that bears that name. Actually, aside from the title track, the music was to be in the style of the title track (recorded during their DAS days) in time for their appearance on MTV's Party Zone (I just wondered how on Earth these guys ended up on that program given the largely teenage audience would have very little patience for this kind of music). The first two cuts were recorded in 1996, while the final cut was recorded in 1980 when they were called DAS and still in their teens. All this surfaced as an official release in 2000. This is one of their rare releases where they don't use the sequencers at all, so let the synths, guitars, and Mellotrons do the talking. The music really has this forbidding, sinister feel, depicting the desolate landscape of Zabriskie Point itself. You can almost imagine watching the namesake movie with the scene of Mark Frechette and Daria Halprin in the desert and play this CD. In fact, had the movie been made in 2000 instead of 1968 (it wasn't released until 1970 due to the controversy surrounding it), you can imagine RMI providing the music to the movie (rather than Pink Floyd, Youngbloods, Grateful Dead, Patti Page, Musica Elettronica Viva, etc.). A lot of the music has this sinister droning, with guitar and Mellotron popping up from time to time. The last track was recorded in 1980, back when they were called DAS. At that point, they were using a borrowed Roland SH-1000, but for some reason, despite the 16 year gap between this recording and the other two cuts, the music fits just fine. For some reason, along with Republic and Borrowed Atoms, Zabriskie Point seems to be one of the more difficult to find RMI titles, but if you can get it, do get it. It shows that the band works great even without the sequencers.

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 The God of Electricity by RADIO MASSACRE INTERNATIONAL album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.80 | 7 ratings

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The God of Electricity
Radio Massacre International Progressive Electronic

Review by Progfan97402

4 stars Certainly a favorite of mine from RMI, this was a 1994 recording, although it didn't surface until the end of 2000. Along with Zabriskie Point, The God of Electricity was RMI's final release for Centaur (until they started recording for Cuneiform, their following CD releases were on their own Northern Echo label). This CD attempts to recreate the feel of a really bad lightning storm, so a lot of the music tends to be on the turbulent side. The sequencers frequently show up, as is most of their releases, and don't forget about the Mellotron. I love how near the end the band mellows out in a Pink Floyd manner, indicating the end of the storm, but at the end, you hear the sound of a real lightning storm. RMI is never the most modest of groups, but this one is one of their shorter releases, and a good place to start if you don't know them.

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 Hog Wild by RADIO MASSACRE INTERNATIONAL album cover Live, 2004
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Hog Wild
Radio Massacre International Progressive Electronic

Review by Mellotron Storm
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— First review of this album —
3 stars Another live recording that was from a gig at the National Space Centre in Leicester.This one from March of 2004 while the final track was from a concert the next night in Manchester. Damo Suzuki would play with these guys that night in Manchester when their set was over but none of that is on here. Again, with them being this late in their careers the mellotron is not part of these sets unfortunately.

"The Music Box" is my least favourite and not the best way to start. Synths and electronics lead the way although we do get some guitar 12 1/2 minutes in. Electronics lead again before 14 minutes and it's quite spacey to follow. "Below Zero" is better because of the dark and spacey mood although the light synths over top don't exactly work for me. I like the guitar after 10 minutes then it calms right down and turns spacey around 12 minutes. "They Go Boom" opens with drums and guitar but not a lot is happening here. Guitar comes to the fore after 3 minutes. A fairly catchy rhythm here then the rhythm slowly fades away. "Dirty Work" builds and guitar arrive around 3 minutes. Synths dance around 5 minutes in as the guitar continues. "Night Owls" is the final track and it's from a different concert. Spacey is the word early on then we get this electronic beat 9 minutes in with a spacey backdrop.The guitar comes in around 13 minutes and lights it up. It backs off before 16 minutes.The song slowly fades but stays spacey.

This is well done but not quite 4 stars in my world. 3.5 stars.

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 Maelstrom by RADIO MASSACRE INTERNATIONAL album cover Studio Album, 2002
4.00 | 4 ratings

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Maelstrom
Radio Massacre International Progressive Electronic

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars The band calls "Maelstrom" the missing link between "Borrowed Atoms" and "Planets In The Wires".They also say that this album is to travelling what "The God Of Electricity" is to bad weather. So yeah this is a cool album to have on when your driving and it's one of their shorter albums at 56 minutes. Released in 2002 but recorded in 1999. We get mellotron but not as much as usual, quite a few guitar excursions though.

"Part One" is spacey without any sort of rhythm as faint sounds come and go. It all seems to get louder after 9 minutes. Sequencers before 13 minutes with lots of mellotron too. Spacey sounds follow and it all sounds so peaceful after 14 1/2 minutes. Guitar before 21 1/2 minutes and it sounds great. It settles back before 25 minutes although we get some clanging around 26 1/2 minutes.

"Part Two" like the first part is very spacey early but with mellotron this time. It settles back and we get some intricate guitar 3 1/2 minutes in. Organ after 7 minutes as things get really spacey again. Electronics 10 minutes in then some tasteful guitar arrives before 14 minutes although it ends in a passionate manner at 16 minutes.The guitar is back before 20 minutes then it stops around 26 minutes as the song winds down. Mellotron late.

Gotta give this 4 stars and maybe they should have called this "Travelling" instead of "Maelstrom" which it isn't.

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