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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars HOMINIDO are a new band out of Chile, although this band was created by the drummer and bass player from the now disbanded LA DESOOORDEN. That band was listed under Jazz/ Fusion here and i'm a big fan of their "Ciudad De Papel" record. This new project is a four piece with some guest violin and trumpet which really adds a lot to the sound here. The singer is female and I really like her voice. This one's rather long at almost 70 minutes.

"Simun" starts off with a dark atmosphere as we get some interesting drum work as prominent bass lines and vocals join in. This is fairly laid back but the intensity goes up a few notches around 3 minutes in with some grinding guitar and later again after 4 minutes to the end. Great start. "Cludades De Piedra" has a catchy and relaxed start with reserved vocals and some violin. We get an instrumental section with some riffing and busy drumming after 1 1/2 minutes, and I like the guitar that follows as the bass throbs. Vocals are back before 3 1/2 minutes then we get another instrumental section with riffs this time. This almost seems out of place.

"Insano Devenir" opens with an almost hillbilly country sound before a nice heavy rhythm kicks in quickly and this would sound amazing live. It settles back as the vocals arrive and I love how this sounds before 2 1/2 minutes. The heaviness returns though with riffs as contrasts continue. "Desde Las Cumbres Al Mar" opens with the sound of water before dual intricate guitar melodies take over. Drums and bass join in along with some welcomed violin followed by reserved vocals. I really like this one. "Shalagram" opens with haunting violin in a dark atmosphere before vocal melodies, percussion and different sounds help out in this experimental track. It kicks into song mode before 5 minutes.

"Eterno Retorno" might be my favourite with the relentless drumming as guitar and trumpet play over top. This is an instrumental that changes slightly throughout it's almost 9 minutes. "Cabeza De Piedra" has heavy riffs, almost Prog-Metal like as the drums kick in. It settles right down as the vocals arrive. Contrasts continue. "Mi Roca Interna" has some piano in it which I think is a first along with drums, percussion, violin and more. Laid back vocals join in as well in this mellow piece. It's okay. "Adoquines Queretanos" is quite Spanish sounding with vocals and plenty of sad violin during the instrumental break. Two average tracks in a row for my tastes.

"Estirpe Litica opens with cymbals and drones before heavy guitar kicks in, drums follow then bass. I like this, it settles back 1 1/2 minutes in as the vocals arrive. A calm 3 minutes in then back to the heavy guitar as themes are repeated. "Salar" has these nature sounds as percussion joins in. Trumpet, bass and guitar strums follow, mellow vocals as well. "Magma" features intricate guitar notes that bounce around the soundscape then cymbals join in. It kicks into a full sound with vocals before 1 1/2 minutes but it's still fairly laid back overall. Trumpet here as well. The intricate guitar is back along with more passionate vocals as themes are repeated. I like he guitar solo with bass and drums 3 minutes in and the guitar later on as well.

Another excellent record from Chile and a solid 4 stars.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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