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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars A special thanks to tszirmay first of all. Man this is a good album, and talk about being Progressive and adventerous ! I still think the followup "Skymind" is the better album. They went from five members on this one to ten on "Skymind" adding a lot of strings for the most part. Also "Skymind" is heavier and more dynamic. Having said all of that, this one is so impressive.

We get started with the over 15 minute "Barbituricus" which is worth the price of admission by itself. It sounds like a party to begin with until we hear the sound of a door opening, then as it closes the sounds of the party end. Atmosphere rolls in. A melody after 2 minutes turns heavy. Female vocal melodies as it settles after 3 minutes. Nice chunky bass too. Heavy again 4 minutes in. It calms right down before 5 1/2 minutes as contrasts continue. Organ before 8 minutes then the guitar takes over. Flute and a calm 12 1/2 minutes in before kicking in once again. Great tune. "Coornibus" is led by flute early. It kicks in with the guitar before 2 minutes. Heavy a minute later. A change before 4 minutes as it settles. The flute is back. Heavy again after 5 minutes then settles with piano before 6 1/2 minutes. The guitar joins in and the tempo picks up.

"Flat Spectre" is another long one at over 12 1/2 minutes. It's mellow to open before the drums and guitar arrive. Contrasts continue. This sounds really good, both the laid back and aggressive sections. The guitar rips it up pretty good late. "Ragtime" is as the title suggests. The dissonant horns are interesting. The song ends with breaking glass. "No Way !" opens with samples of someone speaking and other sounds. Fast paced vocals come in as we hear someone drinking, burping and throwing up. Nice. "Mister Green" opens with horns and a rhythm. Vocals join in. Some silliness on this one. "Mr Grey" opens with marching styled drums as horns then guitar join in. Heaviness after a minute. It comes and goes. "Aspartamus" opens with samples before the music takes over including piano. The guitar sounds great 1 1/2 minutes in. A calm follows as piano takes over. When it picks back up it sounds amazing. A calm before 5 minutes,it's kind of spacey. It kicks back in before 7 minutes. "Super Flat Moon" is jazzy to start. Violin and guitar then take turns in the spotlight. It's spacey 4 1/2 minutes in before kicking back in. It gets experimental too. Jazzy again before 9 minutes. The music stops 10 minutes in as we hear that party again to end it.

Easily 4 stars but recommended to those who are into Rio / Avant and adventerous music.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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