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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars KING'S X debut was released in 1988, a bleak time for music that I can attest to personally. These guys brought a unique sound to the world back then with those great harmonies and that SABBATH-like bottom end. I mean a ton of bass and drums. The lyrics reflect their Christian beliefs, and Ty on lead guitar is simply amazing. I love the picture of the band in the liner notes, they are so wild looking(check out the hair !).

"In The New Age" opens with 1 1/2 minutes of spacey and experimental sounds before we get hit with a truck load of bottom end. Vocals follow. Back at that time the "New Age Movement" was getting a lot of attention, so they speak out against them with words like "I see the blind lead the blind, in the search for the mind". Very powerful song. Check out the bass before 4 minutes, followed by a killer guitar solo. "Goldilox" is a laid back tune but it does have this heavy undercurrent that comes and goes. Very meaningful lyrics. Love the guitar after 3 minutes. "Power Of Love" opens with chunky bass and drums as vocals come in. Great chorus as the sound explodes. The guitar 2 minutes in goes on and on. It's a thing of beauty. Some great riffs follow as they step it up again.

"Wonder" is fairly mellow to start with until the heaviness arrives after a minute.This contrast continues. Passionate vocals after 3 minutes. These guys have such an incredible sound. "Sometimes" opens with this very raw guitar lead as deep bass and vocals follow. Blistering guitar 3 minutes. Love the raw aggression from Ty on this one. "King" is pretty much an uptempo, anti-satan song. With words like "You are the one who causes me pain, you are the one who causes me grief, you are the one who lied to me". The rhythm section rocks on this track. "The king is coming ya ya ya ya". "What Is This ?" shows the band digging deep with low end guitar and fat bass lines. Emotional lyrics and vocals as well. "Far, Far Away" is one of my top three songs on here. Amazing track ! Some fantastic guitar throughout. They tone it down for this one.

"Shot Of Love" is a very catchy tune. Hard not to move to this one. They're asking God for "A shot of love across the mountains to the sea, from the poles of north and south, wherever we may be". Hey it works ! Ripping guitar 2 minutes in. Great song. "Visions" hits us right away with a landslide of heaviness. Vocals come in right away. Love the lyrics. The heaviness doesn't stop until 2 1/2 minutes in when the tempo picks up. Fantastic ! The guitar comes flying in lighting it up as Doug yells in the background. Back to the original melody 4 minutes in until the tempo picks up again to end it this time.

As others have said, this is such an impressive debut from this band, and in my opinion a must have.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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