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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars I still feel that these guys sound like a cross between Frank Zappa and WIGWAM. So yes there is lots of humour in the lyrics and they drop several "F" bombs along the way.The organ, vocals and drums are most prominant. I felt that this album didn't hit me like the previous one, it's not as dynamic as they seem to stretch passages out quite often. Still I can give nothing less than 4 stars and I do expect this one to grow on me more than it has so far. And it is too long at almost 77 minutes.

"Awaken The Sleeping" is a good intrumental with lots of organ as drums and bass support. It's spacey late then this powerful atmosphere ends it. "Destined Solitaire" sounds great early with that guitar then it kicks in with vocals. Love the lyrics. Some brief growly vocals before 5 minutes. Nice crunchy bass in this one.The guitar is lighting it up before 9 minutes then the vocals return after 10 minutes.

"Until You Comply (Including Entropy) is the longest track at almost 15 1/2 minutes. Classic BEARDFISH with those WIGWAM styled vocals and humerous lyrics as the bass, drums and organ lead instrumentally. It turns slower paced around 6 minutes and reserved vocals come in at 7 1/2 minutes then it kicks in. It settles back again as the tempo continues to shift. It's lighter with silly vocal melodies 12 minutes in. Ripping guitar before 13 minutes with powerful organ runs. It then settles with piano after 14 minutes then the vocals return to end it. "In Real Life There Is No Algebra" here here ! A catchy rhythm at first with vocals but those vocals do become the focus.

"Where The Rain Comes In" has a good uptempo intro with lots of organ.Vocals 2 minutes in as it settles back. Again the is pretty funny. It kicks in with organ. "At Home...Watching Movies" has percussion, clapping and strummed guitar as the vocals join in.

"Coup De Grace" has accordion in it with bass and a beat.The organ floats in. It settles then kicks back in with power after 3 1/2 minutes. More accordion later. "Abigail's Questions (In An Infinite Universe)" has some brief atmosphere as the music kicks in and the vocals follow. It's fairly laid back overall. It turns a little jazzy before 6 minutes. Female spoken words come in and then the male vocals are back. Guitar after 8 minutes.

"The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of" has some excellent sounding vocals and piano at one point. It settles before 2 minutes then picks up at 3 1/2 minutes. It picks up more 8 1/2 minutes in with the drums and organ leading.

An enjoyable album that I am drawn to simply because of that BEARDFISH sound. 4 stars.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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