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Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.86 | 53 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars Man this is so much better than anything else that I have from this band. A big thankyou to David for this one. The music here is simply more powerful and more passionate than their other records. The new drummer is fantastic and the bass is upfront the way I like it so yes a prominant rhythm section is the result plus we get guitar, violin, flute and sax helping out. Lets put it this way, there is a definite Rock in this Jazz / Rock album.

"Mechelwind" is such a good track. Guitar to start as bass, drums and violin join in. We get a nice heavy rhythm section here. Sax too. Some nice guitar work after 3 minutes. A calm before 5 minutes then the violin comes in ripping it up. Relaxed horn before 6 1/2 minutes as the violin stops. A beautiful guitar solo comes in before 8 minutes as the drums and bass continue. Violin returns late. "Alabaster Keaton" has some depth to it once again because of the bass and drums. The flute comes in over top. It picks up 1 1/2 minutes in. Love the drumming here. It all eases up with the flute again playing over top like earlier to end it. "Wrdlbrmfd" has a beat with sax and the guitar joins in too. Violin after 1 1/2 minutes followed by sax as they continue to trade off. Some energy late.

"Elephen Elephants" has these deep bass lines with drums and sax also standing out. Violin replaces the sax after a minute. Then it's the flute's turn. Sax is back then we get a drum solo before 3 1/2 minutes. A change 6 minutes in with cymbals, guitar and sax followed by drums as it turns fuller. Violin before 8 minutes. "Herbstzeitlos" is sax led with the drums and bass doing the ground work. I like it ! Violin replaces the sax briefly. "Ad Absurdum" has these punchy sounds that come and go. Some nice drum work when it picks up each time. The violin and sax play over top after 2 minutes. Great sound ! Vocal expressions before 4 minutes. "Kamele On" is so good ! The guitar leads and sounds amazing as he lights up the soundscape.

Easily 4 stars and I finally know what all the fuss is about with this one (insert groan here).

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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