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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars The third release from the Detoit based TILES is a classic. I was reading some quotes from Ian Anderson, Gene Simmons and Mike Portnoy, and they were all raving about "Presents Of Mind", especially Ian who is never short on something to say. He was suggesting you buy, beg or steal it, it's that good. Well i'm inclined to agree. Mixed by Terry Brown in Toronto, every aspect of this album is first class. Hugh Syme did the art work. The highlight for me are the vocals of Paul Rarick. There is a resemblance to James LaBrie but he doesn't go for those really high notes, he stays within himself and he has a great voice. There are some RUSH similarities that pop up once and a while, especially in the bass playing of Jeff Whittle.

This is heard on the first track "Static" where we hear an almost funky bass line from Jeff. Great vocals as well.This is a mid-paced tune with a great chorus. I like the drums and bass late. A good start to the record. Another highlight is "Facing Failure", I really like the arrangments on this song, terrific guitar and there is a RUSH vibe on this one too. This is the best song so far. "The Learning Curve" begins with acoustic guitar and gentle vocals.The tempo gets faster and the sound heavier.

Perhaps the best song is the instrumental "Ballad Of The Sacred Cows" with the great drumming and bass playing, lots of time changes too. Hey there's even some banjo, it's awesome ! "Taking Control" is just a fantstic feel good song for me. Some mandolin in this one as well. "Safe Procedures" is really good too, towards the middle of the song the vocals stop, and there is this extended instrumental with the drums pounding, the lead guitar just keeps soloing until the song is over. I can listen to that over and over. Matthew Parmenter of DISCIPLINE fame guests playing the violin on "Reasonable Doubt" a dark song against capital punishment.

This is an easy one to recommend and 4 solid stars ! A must along with "Fence The Clear" for Metal fans out there.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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