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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars Who knew that Chris Cornell (SOUNDGARDEN etc.) had such a talented brother. Peter Cornell is the vocalist here, he also wrote all the lyrics. His vocals style is all over the place, he's quite talented. I must say this album has been a huge surprise for me.The bass is deep and all over this record. Plenty of organ and mellotron as well. Lots of variety from heavy to modern symphonic. This is a treat.

"In The Mindwarp Pavillion" opens with what sounds like a monster breathing as the clock ticks away. Then we get this sample of a preacher letting his audience have it. Haha. Then these crashing sounds come in followed by a fairly heavy soundscape of music. Drums lead the way and Cornell is screaming in the background. Real vocals after 2 minutes. Love the melody with vocals after 3 1/2 minutes. Emotional. The previous melody returns with drums leading the way. Guitar and mellotron end it. Great opener ! "Pathos Of Least Resistance" is about suicide. Huge bass early as organ then guitar come in. Great sound. Vocals and mellotron follow. A calm after 2 minutes. It kicks back in with some ripping guitar, chunky bass follows. Love the mellotron, guitar and bass 6 minutes in. Some great organ work in this one as well. Excellent tune. "Destroy...She Said" reminds me of ECHOLYN but heavier. A mellotron storm early but it's still heavy. Sinister organ as drums pound. A dreamy sound after 5 1/2 minutes is brief. Killer track. "Infant" is an instrumental of intricate guitar melodies.

"Troy Bult Helen" has some good vocal sections early. Mellotron after a minute. Some tasteful guitar 2 1/2 minutes in. Passionate vocals later. It calms down with lots of atmosphere to end it. "Died And Gone" is both catchy and heavy. Drums pound away as we get some good organ runs and deep bass. A guitar solo after 3 minutes. "Paranormal Humidor" is the over 13 minute title track to close out the album. This one is dark and heavy. Some angular guitar before 2 1/2 minutes as the bass throbs. More powerful organ runs 7 minutes in. The guitar 8 1/2 minutes in lights it up. Mellotron a minute later as it settles down with processed vocals. It kicks back in with some huge bass and a dark mood. Nice drum work as well.

These guys offer up a feast of different sounds and moods that keeps me coming back for more. Fantastic album. Easily 4 stars.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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