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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars 3.5 stars. I feel the same way about this album as I did towards THE TANGENT's latest. Both are good albums but in my opinion they are both my least favourite studio albums by both bands. Once again UNIT WAIL thrills us with that dark and complex style of music with two guests helping out this time adding vocals and cello.

"Imminent Take-Off" has plenty of atmosphere to start then it kicks into gear just before a minute. "Ziggurat On The Moon" has a haunting mellotron intro as other sounds start to come and go. Things start to pick up but there's still lots of mellotron as the drums, bass and guitar impress. Some angular guitar lines 3 1/2 minutes in then the bass, drums and mellotron lead to the end. "Through The Wormhole" features lots of complexity as they start and stop on a dime. A change before 2 minutes as the mellotron rolls in. The tempo picks up a minute later as that complexity returns. "Psycho-Active Atmosphere" has lots of intricate sounds coming and going as the mellotron sweeps in and out. Sounds echo at times and check out the bass before 2 1/2 minutes. "Deep Inside Megalopolis" has some nice drum and guitar expressions. Some crazy electronics too at times. It's intense after 3 minutes.

"Polymorphus The Wise" has more of that high pitched guitar sounds as the bass and drums support. This is dark and ominous. Some strange vocal expressions before 2 1/2 minutes. When the vocals stop the mellotron and guitar offer a spacey soundscape. "Crash On Planet X" features more treated guitar, random drum patterns, mellotron and more. "Teralithic Spaceship" is my favourite. I really like the mellotron along with the keys and that dark sound. Some killer guitar work follows then back to that earlier sound. "D.N.A.A.T.M." has a cool sounding soundscape before it kicks into gear before 2 minutes. The guitar is so technical later on. "Engage Mutation" has some killer drumming and guitar work as the mellotron comes and goes. "I See Earth" has cello early on and it's quite experimental. It picks up before 2 minutes. Some nice bass before 4 1/2 minutes with spacey sounds and more cello later.

I still feel that "Retort" is their best followed by the debut then "Beyond Space Edges" which for my tastes just doesn't measure up to their other two recordings.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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