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Mellotron Storm
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5 stars I finally got my hands on a copy of this legendary album.Thankyou Greg Walker who just recently got some copies of this cd in to sell. It was worth the wait, and it exceeds the hype. I have never heard anything more sinister in all my life. And I have some pretty dark and scary albums, but this stands alone. I thought of PRESENT, ART ZOYD and UNIVERS ZERO, but what I love about this one is the in your face fuzz bass, the amazing drumming and the distorted, abrasive, scorching guitar sounds.Trombone is prominant as well and of course Ann Stewart's vocals which have been described as soprano but restrained and mono-toned, really add to the spooky mood. Haunting keys and harmonium along with some great organ runs round out the instruments. This band gets their name from a monster in one of H.P.Lovecraft's novels.

"Incipit Tragaedia" opens with some sparse dark piano as trombone and light drums then vocals come in. It's building. It stops 2 1/2 minutes in as trombone takes over. Piano and drums return. Harmonium slithers in. The guitar starts to make some vicious noise. This is what fear sounds like. Piano becomes prominant 8 minutes in with vocals following. Check out the monstrous fuzz bass 10 minutes in as it comes and goes. The tension builds 11 1/2 minutes in as it sounds like spirits crying out. Vocals are back after 12 minutes with a lot of suspense. Piano is back and then trombone as the pace picks up. Fuzz bass joins in too. It ends with some passion.

"Cabine 67" opens with piano as drums and trombone help out. No real melody though until 1 1/2 minutes in when the tempo picks up. The guitar is ripping it up in an avant-garde way. Check out the drumming to end it. "Yog Sothoth" is dark with piano to begin with. A dramatic entrance of vocals and drums 2 minutes in then the trombone arrives. Check out the scraping sounds and distortion from the guitar 3 1/2 minutes in as the drums pound away with presicion. Nice. This is the closest thing i've heard to what the abyss must sound like. A calm before 5 1/2 minutes in. Screaming guitar 7 minutes in with fuzz bass. Another calm 8 minutes in. The vocals are hypnotising 10 minutes in with piano as guitar and fuzz bass (both from hell) cause a disturbance the rest of the way.

"La Ballade De Lenore" opens with what sounds like church organ before trombone and vocals join in. Drums come pounding in after 2 1/2 minutes as guitar and bass create chaos. It settles after 4 minutes as church organ, trombone, bass, drums and vocals deliver darkness itself. A change 6 minutes in as organ, guitar, bass and drums get very intense. It's slowly building to the end of the song. "Delear Prius" opens with vocals and trombone as drums slowly pound like we're marching to our deaths. Piano 2 1/2 minutes in. Check out the fuzz bass ! "J'ai Vu Naguerre En Peinture" features vocals and a dark mood as trombone plays. 1 1/2 minutes in it gets crazy with those intense, otherworldly sounds. Dissonant guitar is ripping it up while drums pound away. Vocals are back to end it.

For me this is unique, with the prominant fuzz bass and avant-garde guitar sounds in a dark nightmarish background. This is music for the night. This is darkness.

Mellotron Storm | 5/5 |


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