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TRICKS OF TIME

Grand Stand

 

Symphonic Prog

4.13 | 66 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars This record was produced by fellow Swede Hansi Cross from the band CROSS.

The album opens with "Jurassic Spark" a song about paranoia. Things get off on the right foot with a 1 minute intro of soaring guitar before the drums and keys come in. Next are the vocals that are well done in this uptempo tune. Some scorching guitar after 4 minutes, and the full sound is beautiful. For about 3 minutes the melody gets quite calm. Nice.Then back to the uptempo sound. Great opening track ! "Words Are Not Enough" is a cool title for this instrumental. Some good keyboard melodies as the drums pound away in this mid-paced tune. There are some interesting drum patterns as well. And the guitar does not disappoint.

"Waiting For Water" is the most commercial track with the title being sung over and over throughout this great song. Nice synths and soaring guitar throughout and the vocals suit this dreamy, lazy melody just fine. "Empty Barrels Rattle The Most" is another instrumental. This one is upbeat with some fantastic drumming.The guitar melodies with background synths are pleasing to the ears, and the song ends with some uplifting, soaring guitar. "Old Man's Tale" is a 16 minute tune divided into 7 sections.There is no mention of mellotron but I swear I can hear what sounds like it. 4 minutes in the vocals and instrumental melody sounds amazing ! So uplifting. Good synth runs later on as well as a nice guitar solo 11 minutes in.

This is a good record and can heartily recommend it !

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |

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