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Atomic Rooster


Heavy Prog

3.86 | 321 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars A legendary Heavy-Prog album if there ever was one. And a trio at that. These guys look so cool in the liner notes. Man you get Crane and Cann together and look out it's time to cook !

"Death Walks Behind You" opens with haunting piano lines before the guitar starts to make some noise. Full sound a minute in, vocals follow. A calm with piano after 3 1/2 minutes. It kicks back in. "Vug" opens with some very impressive organ by Crane as the guitar supports. Lots of organ 2 minutes in. The guitar is more prominant after 3 minutes. They're cooking now ! "Tomorrow Night" is a somewhat catchy tune. Nice organ solo 2 minutes in.Tasteful guitar a minute later. It ends on an experimental note. "7 Streets" opens with organ. Crane used a device to make his Hammond organ sound like church organ on this one. The drumming is excellent on this track but then so is the whole song. This along with "Nobody Else" are my favourites. Some ripping organ and guitar after 3 minutes as they trade solos. I wish all the songs were this dynamic.

"Sleeping For Years" opens with some cool guitar as heavy drums follow. Blistering guitar, then a full sound. More incredible guitar 3 minutes in. "I Can't Take No More" has a nice beat to it as vocals and organ come in. Guitar 3 minutes in is raw. "Nobody Else" is a pastoral song and a nice change actually. Reserved vocals 1 1/2 minutes in. I like the way Crane makes his organ sound like bass 2 1/2 minutes in. The guitar that follows is tastefully done. Great tune. "Gershatzer" is the other instrumental. It opens with a good drum / organ melody before piano takes over 1 1/2 minutes. It gets kind of crazy before a calm with piano 2 minutes in. Experimental is the word to describe what follows. It kicks back in before 5 minutes with a prolonged drum solo. Organ joins in around 7 minutes. Guitar ends it.

John Du Cann left ANDROMEDA to join this band, and I highly recommend you check that one out too.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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