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3.18 | 83 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars WINDCHASE was formed by the singer/guitarist and keyboardist from the then recently disbanded SEBASTIAN HARDIE. They even went as far to name this band after the title of their final album "Windchase". I would describe this music as lighter and softer than SEBASTIAN HARDIE with lyrics that don't do much for me. Even the mellotron doesn't sound as good as it did with the parent band.

"Forward We Ride" is a short piano only intro track. "Horsemen To Symphinity" has a really good intro and I like when the tempo picks up as well. I'm reminded of CAMEL here.Vocals after 2 minutes. Some nice guitar after 3 1/2 minutes as it settles back some.The guitar stops 7 minutes in then it picks back up again like earlier. "Glad To Be Alive" has these sappy lyrics and the mellotron strings are just as wimpy. Sorry this song is really poor. "Gypsy" opens with children talking then the atmosphere and music takes over. Relaxed guitar and a beat after a minute.This is better. "No Scruples" opens with keyboards then it settles in and vocals and backing vocals join in. Not a fan of this at all but it's better after 3 minutes when the synths then guitar come in.

"Lamb's Fry" is almost a shock to hear because it sounds nothing like the rest of the allbum. A 9 1/2 minute instrumental that steals the show here by far. It opens with the sound of a lamb frying then these mellow keys come in and sheep sounds. It starts to kick in at 1 1/2 minutes.This is excellent.It's fusiony with electric piano and supurb drumming. I like the synths too. Love this track. Guitar before 4 1/2 minutes. Fantastic tune ! "No Siamo Perfetti" is a short acoustic guitar track. "Flight Call" is laid back with vocals.

3 stars and no more for this uneven album. I'll stick with SEBASTIAN HARDIE thankyou.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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