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Magyar Posse


Post Rock/Math rock

4.29 | 99 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars MAGYAR POSSE are a Post-Rock band from Finland and this their third studio album(and last so far) released in 2006. "Random Avenger" is one of the highest rated Post-Rock albums on the site here and if this is their last album they certainly went out on top. They are a six piece band with the two guitarists who also playing bass while we also get two keyboardist, a drummer and a violinist. Two guests help out with cello and female vocal melodies respectively.

"Whirlpool Of Terror And Tension" has a brief eerie soundscape before pulsating sounds kick in then the guitar comes in over top a minute in. Some vocal melodies too. I really like the sound of this. Violin at 3 1/2 minutes then the vocals become more of the focus after 4 minutes. "Sudden Death" opens with keys and a beat before it builds with electronics and more. Love the atmosphere after 2 minutes. It calms right down at 3 1/2 minutes then the violin joins in as it stays relaxed. It's so uplifting 5 1/2 minutes in before it kicks back in at 8 minutes. This is both beautiful and uplifting. "Black Procession" has sparse keys and atmosphere before some mournful cello joins in.

"European Lover/ Random Avenger" builds slowly until it's fuller at 1 1/2 minutes. Violin before 2 minutes. This is good. At 4 1/2 minutes I'm thinking it's going to break out but then they pull it back before kicking some ass after 5 minutes. A calm follows as it slowly builds but it doesn't really kick back in until after 10 minutes with some ripping guitar. The final minute is mellow. "Intercontinental Hustle" has this bright guitar intro but it turns full quickly with pulsating keys and more. Great sound to this one and the violin is incredible here. An all out blitz before 6 1/2 minutes but then it settles right down after 7 minutes. "One By One" has picked guitar to start. Nice. Some vocal melodies come and go as it blends into "Popzag". Pulsating organ arrives quickly followed by vocal melodies. Violin around 3 minutes in this uptempo closer.

I'm not as thrilled with this as most seem to be but yes this is a very strong Post-Rock album that I'm happy to own. A solid 4 stars.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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