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Presto Ballet


Crossover Prog

3.48 | 76 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars When you have two of the band members playing organ, synths and electric piano, as well as there being mellotron on every track you know this has to be good. These guys create such a full and powerful sound in the 70's style. The first two songs remind me of both DEEP PURPLE and URIAH HEEP.

"Peace Among The Ruins" is all about the organs and drums while there are some good guitar riffs and aggressive vocals.This is the song that really stays with me (stuck in my head) and is my least favourite. "The Fringes" features organ again out front with a cool guitar melody.The vocals are good and I like the organ solo, and more great guitar. "Seasons" and the songs that follow are all my favourites, the DEEP PURPLE vibe is gone for the most part, and we get some good variety the rest of the way. On "Seasons" we get harmonies right off the bat reminding me of TEARS FOR FEARS, the vocals and drums are the focus on this one.

"Find The Time" features synths galore on this slower paced tune that picks up the pace about 5 minutes in led by electric piano and synth runs. "Speed Of Time" opens with acoustic guitar and synths, then changes to a heavy sound the rest of the way with bass and drums leading the way.There are some great guitar and mellotron in this one. "Sunshine" opens with guitar and is a dreamy, psychedelic, BEATLES sounding song. Lots of mellotron too. "Slave" is a darker song with intense vocals and incredible drum work.There is an absolutely large mellotron flood and a nice guitar melody. The final song "Bringin' It On" opens with strummed guitar, and is a slow paced but powerful tune, again waves of mellotron that sound sooo good !

I think this is a record most Prog heads will enjoy.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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