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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars The ethnic flavour that was added on their previous album Time Machine is even stronger on this one. Also they have brought in two(!) mellotrons that are played on two tracks by the bass player and guitarist. Like the previous record we get the combination of trippy, experimental music with the killer instrumental play that these guys excel at.

"Back To Where We Come From" opens the album much like "Kabisrain" did on "Time Machine". Both are spacey, trippy and experimental with little in the way of melody. Marimbas lead the way early as the guitar lets out some screams. Percussion and spacey sounds take over 1 1/2 minutes in. It seems like little is going on for quite a while as drums sounds come and go. Then 5 minutes in we get a bass, guitar and drum melody that starts to build. I just love this passage to the end of the song.The guitar and drums especially shine. "A Day In My Life" is very ethnic sounding with the sitar, and check out the percussion 2 minutes in as things start to get a little crazy with lots going on. It calms back down 3 1/2 minutes in to end it. "The Road Not Taken" is very atmospheric with different sounds coming and going. It's kind of eerie actually. Sitar comes in 3 1/2 minutes before it starts to get frantic with what sounds like screeching sitar and amazing drumming. Maybe they should have taken another road ? "Khali" again has that ethnic flavour with haunting mellotron that sounds incredible.This song is such a trip with two mellotrons creating these eerie waves. "For Earthly Thinking" opens with lots of percussion and strummed guitar. They then jam with percussion sounds for some time until bass and strummed guitar arrive after 5 minutes. Drums 6 minutes in become prominant. After 8 minutes guitar and bass are back. "Electric Silence" is clearly a jazz flavoured tune. This sounds amazing.

I know "Electric Silence" is considered their best work, but I feel "Time Machine" is right there with it. I actually enjoy listening to the latter more, but that probably has more to do with my tastes in music.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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