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Mellotron Storm
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5 stars Man this is my kind of music, sort of a cross between ANEKDOTEN and LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT you could say. I mention LTE because this is really close to Prog Metal as RYM music has it tagged at but I think Heavy Prog is maybe closer to the fact. I'm not sure why this Brazilian band are listed under Symphonic here, in fact I was really surprised the first time I played this because I saw what they were listed under here before I spun it. This album absolutely smokes! A really tough album to find any information about though as this was their sole release back in 1999. There are keyboards and what sounds like mellotron and synths. VESANIA by the way is Latin for "insanity".

"Freiraticos" opens with spacey sounds before we get crushed rather quickly in this uptempo barn-burner. I can't get over how much the tone of the guitar at times sounds just like Nicklas from ANEKDOTEN. The backing synths or mellotron just storm the soundscape at times. The guitar is crying out before 3 minutes. There's that guitar tone again after 3 1/2 minutes as the mellotron-like sounds ravage the soundscape. I really like the drumming too. I just want to bathe in this stuff(haha). A calm before 5 minutes and it's so moving for me but it kicks back in quickly. A very ANEDOTEN-like track and probably my favourite. "Nebulosa" opens with busy drumming and plenty of depth from the organ-like sounds that run rampant. The guitar joins in and really comes to the fore before 1 1/2 minutes. Great sound! A calm arrives after 2 1/2 minutes and the guitar starts to cry out and soar. So good! Check out the bass at 4 minutes when the guitar stops. Oh my! The guitar is back quickly and I really dig the drumming. Back to that earlier sound. Killer!

"Bardos" opens with a bass solo. Nice. Then we get a lighter soundscape for the first time thanks to the synths. That all changes before a minute though as it turns heavy duty and dark with some great drum work. The guitar is lighting it up 3 1/2 minutes in to the end. "Tetragramaton" opens with some atmosphere before the drums and heavy guitar expressions join in quickly. The synths pulsate and add depth as usual. It settles at 3 1/2 minutes but man what a powerful soundscape as my speakers are vibrating. We get some laughter from a couple of band members as they know what's about to happen as the guitar cries out while the soundscape continues to shake from the power. Yeah I'm laughing too. This continues but something has to give, but it doesn't as this continues to the end!

"Sesgo" opens with pounding drums, sweeping synths and ripping guitar. It's heavier after a minute. I love this! Check out the earth-moving bass as well. It calms down 3 minutes in with deep bass lines as the synths continue to add atmosphere. Picked guitar joins in a minute later. Nice. It kicks back in hard at 7 minutes. "Zenuslabo" opens with a guitar melody and pulsating keys as the bass and drums support. The mellotron-like sounds are fantastic! I like how it changes slightly and how themes are repeated. There's that ANEKDOTEN-like guitar before 3 1/2 minutes as the mellotron storms in. A guitar solo follows a minute later and it's so fast and fluid. Back to the previous guitar tone. Amazing tune! "Prolegomenos" opens with keys as drums and guitar join in after a minute as the keys stop. Synths join in as well as they kick some ass here to end the album. I like how we get drums only to end the track and album. Bravo!

I'm such a huge fan of this style of music being a massive ANEKDOTEN fan. And I have to wonder if VESANIA ever heard the music of that great Swedish band considering they changed their previous style of music of Heavy Metal to this.

Mellotron Storm | 5/5 |


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