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Mellotron Heaven
5 stars After listening three times this album I'm still very surprised. First track (+ than 20 min) begins like warm, organic symphonic prog. But very different elements slowly make presence. From blues to electronics, from RIO to chamber, even Zeulh. The music becomes a labyrinth where the listener visits different corridors and chambers. Still everything is related somehow, a part of the whole thing. But you can't find the keys to put things together until the closing parts of the song. Ashtounding! Second track (12 minutes) seems much more calmed, even ambient music. But there's a feeling of inconvenience, a dissonance here and there. A feeling of no escape, like if you are on a Kafka or a Lovecraft story. That's the general feeling of this album. Third track (+10 minutes) is once again a very different proposal. It seems like a sound motion of the fight between industrial machinery and oppresed workers Or this is what the tittle, Metropolis, suggests. In the middle part of the song there's a terrible fight where once again Rivendel become deliciously chaotic. But in the end it looks that there's not a real winner for this battle. A very interesting album that is far from the prog mainstream. Like another reviewer says, this has absolutely no relation with neo-prog (as the band is tagged). Very recommended but be aware that this is not an easy listen.
Mellotron Heaven | 5/5 |


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