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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars This double disc cd is really a scathing commentary on what man is doing to our planet. They break down the social commentary into two sections, "The Land" (Disc 1) and "The Ocean" (Disc 2). It really feels like the band is filing a grievance with the World Court saying "Stop abusing our world !" In the song "The Price" they take it a step further showing us that one day we may have to leave our planet because it won't be fit to live in. I have to agree with Hibou that I too wish I could convey to you the "magical atmosphere" that GALLEON have created.

"Three Colours" is a melodic tune that seems to gather strength, with a heavier sound the result. The song ends with spacey synths. "Fall Of Fame" has an edge to it with lots of riffs. Interestingly enough at 3 minutes the sound becomes quite jazzy. "The Porch" is a favourite of mine. The strummed guitar and the vision of one sitting on their porch reflecting on the way man is treating our planet. Some good soaring guitar and the sound becomes so lush and full sounding. "Liopleuroden" is an instrumental with heavy drums dominating the soundscape for about 3 minutes before turning light with synths and a cool extended guitar melody added. I like this one ! "Land" features lots of flute and piano and a good keyboard melody. It has a real Celtic flavour and i'm not a fan of it. "Solitude" is a melancholic, slow paced song except for the chorus. Not a fan. I've touched on "The Price" but instrumentally the guitar is the focus.

Disc 2 "The Ocean" is of course filled with tempo and mood shifts. Lots of spacey synths and some great guitar and drum work. The sound goes from dreamy to heavy, from loud and full to soft and quiet, this is a real ride that flows well.

Like most double concept albums there is too much of a focus on the lyrics instead of the songs. Lots to like here of course but at this length (over 110 minutes) there is also a lot of average sounding material.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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