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Crossover Prog

3.82 | 53 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars This is SALVA's second album from 2007.These guys are from Sweden and this is a concept album that deals with rage, frustrations and fears. Some heavy lyrics here actually.Weird cover art. I'm not really a fan of the vocals and they sound like they're double tracked a lot.

"No Greater Wrath" opens with atmosphere as faint spoken words can be heard. It kicks in around a minute.The drums sound too upfront here. Catchy song though as the vocals come in before 2 minutes. Nice guitar solo after 6 minutes and we get accordion and mandolin late. "Ord Ver.2" is more laid back with a beat and vocals. Swedish vocals on this track only. A synth solo after 2 minutes when the vocals stop followed by a guitar solo then the vocals return. "Dying Rose" opens with accordion and a sample of children playing.The music kicks in quickly and vocals arrive before a minute. Heavy guitar and piano come and go. A change before 7 1/2 minutes as atmosphere and faint vocals can be heard then it kicks back in with aggression.

"Clara Leaving" is a catchy tune with vocals. A pretty good song actually. "Aska" is an instrumental that opens with strummed guitar as sampled mellotron comes in. Piano and bass join in as well. It turns heavy then the mellotron returns after 5 minutes.The guitar starts to solo then it settles down a minute later.Good song. A top three. "Stained" is my favourite. It opens with the word "Unforgivable" then a nice heavy sound eventually kicks in.This is good. Mellotron 7 1/2 minutes in then it calms down with spoken vocals. Some ripping guitar 4 1/2 minutes in. "Underneath" is the other top three. It settles down quickly with flute-like and a beat. Reserved vocals join in. It's fuller after 2 1/2 minutes when the vocals stop. Vocals are back as it settles and these contrasts continue. Accordion later.

The last three songs really save this from being 2 stars in my opinion. Just not a fan at all of the first half of this album.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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