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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars Not as good as the masterful "Brave New World" in my opinion, but there's little to complain about here. The cover art though is probably the worst i've seen for a MAIDEN album. The music here is far from bad though, in fact the rhythm section especially shines here with some thundering groundwork.

"Wildest Dreams" is my least favourite track even though it's a good little rocker. Some ripping guitar before 2 1/2 minutes. I like when it settles right after the solo. "Rainmaker" and the rest of the songs are pretty incredible.This is classic MAIDEN with that uptempo rhythm and Bruce singing his heart out. Nice guitar solo after 2 minutes. "No More Lies" opens with that familiar sounding guitar which is done so tastefully here. Reserved vocals after a minute. It kicks in on the chorus before 2 1/2 minutes, then the tempo picks up. Bruce stops singing before 4 minutes as we get an instrumental assault for 2 minutes. It ends as it began. "Montsegur" features killer bass lines from Harris as Nicko pounds away. Love the vocals a minute in which are so passionate and powerful. This one cooks !

"Dance Of Death" is my favourite as we hear this story which begins in a laid back manner. Before 3 minutes the vocals rise up and the music kicks in and starts to gallop 3 1/2 minutes in.The guitars are ripping it up before 5 minutes. Great sound 8 minutes in when it calms down. "Gates Of Tomorrow" opens with some wild sounding guitar as heavy bass and drums join in. A full sound a minute in and vocals follow. Scorching guitar before 3 1/2 minutes. "New Frontier" is a hard hitting tune and I love the guitar after 3 minutes as he lights it up. Great song ! "Paschendale" is another classic MAIDEN track with the reserved vocals and mellow sound that are interupted by explosions of sound until it stays kicked in before 1 1/2 minutes. Check out the guitar before 5 minutes ! It's very powerful 6 1/2 minutes in. It ends as it began.

"Face In The Sand" builds until we get some ground shaking bass. Vocals 2 minutes in. Blistering guitar after 4 1/2 minutes. "Age Of Innocence" features this gorgeous intro as vocals come in.It kicks in around a minute. Nice heavy rhythm here with some monster bass from Harris. "Journeyman" is perhaps the most interesting track because it doesn't sound like them, it's pretty light with orchestral sounds. It sounds better 2 minutes on the chorus.

Probably would have been close to 5 stars if the first and last song were omitted. Again it's hard to really complain about this album, it's incredible !

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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