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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars This is FLOTANTE's first studio album, although they did release a live album 2 years previous to this. Both are instrumentals. I must say i had a very hard time finding this one(long story), in fact I feel fortunate to have even been able to purchase it. These 4 guys from Chile play a heavy bass / drum brand of music with dual guitars. There is quite a bit of experimental programmed sounds as well bringing to mind SARAX.

"El Desayuno Del Oso" surprised me with the Jazz flavour they bring out on it. Although bass and drums certainly dominate. Guitars make some noise for a minute before the jazz sounds return,and check out the heaviness 3 minutes in. "Pasos Elefantasticos" is a cool song with the relaxed sections that are jazzy contrasted with passages where the guitars shake things up a little. From 3 minutes to 6 minutes it's quite laid back, and then it gets aggressive after 6 minutes. "Sonar" opens with the sounds sonar, it's like being in a submarine as a frenzied guitar line comes in and builds. A full sound before 1 1/2 minutes. It settles down as the tempo shifts back and forth rather quickly and often. The guitar sounds like it's playing underwater and then it comes ripping in at 4 minutes. Strange sounds 7 minutes in to end this complex song. "El Beso Del Gorila" sounds great as bass and drums provide a heavy rhythm while guitar plays along on this the shortest song by far on the album. "Soy El Peque" opens with drums and bass as guitar comes in and grinds away. A powerful sound 2 1/2 minutes in and an even better passage after 4 minutes as guitar lights it up for a minute.

"La Pata Del Zancudo" features a heavy soundscape that changes a little 2 minutes in(still heavy) before the guitar peels off some killer melodies 3 1/2 minutes in. A change 5 minutes in as we get dripping sounds and a calm. "Fat James" is the only English i can find, and it's the title of a song ! Fat James ? This one is spacey as light drums, gentle guitar and bass play. The guitar comes in leisurely before we get some aggression. The drumming is great. It really kicks in a minute later. Nice. The song stops 4 1/2 minutes in for a second and returns heavier than ever with some smoking guitar. "Bichos" opens with some weird sounds as guitar starts to rise slowly out of it a minute in. Bass and drums join in as we get a very solid sound. It settles a little after 3 minutes sounding like OPETH (Damnation) before coming back even stronger as the guitar fires off some cool melodies. This is my favourite tune on here. "Tema Con El Pez" is the final and longest track at almost 9 minutes. This one is heavy to open as drums pound slowly in a dark atmosphere. Trumpet arrives 1 1/2 minutes in and continues throughout. This is really a hypnotic rhythm with a haunting climate. I like it a lot.

This is certainly worth tracking down if your into Heavy-Prog. And they change things up often enough to make it very interesting.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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