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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars The biggest complaint directed at this band is that they sound so much like GENTLE GIANT.This four piece band from Germany put out a solid album in "Genius Of The Original Force". The vocals are in English and all four members do sing as they engage in those complex vocal arrangements that GENTLE GIANT are famous for. I must say for the most part I really enjoyed this album, the instrumental work is well done as are the vocals.

"The Non-Existant Surroundings Of God" opens with barely audible sounds that do start to build until we get a full sound after 2 minutes. Vocals before 3 minutes and GG comes to mind right away. These guys sound really good. A collage of intricate sounds as it gets quite complex before 8 minutes. Heavy bass 9 1/2 minutes in with cool vocal arrangements. "A Riddle To Myself" has a nice guitar intro before it calms down as vocals arrive. Flute and bass lead the way 2 minutes in. The guitar that follows sounds great. More GG- like vocal arrangemnets. Tasteful guitar 4 1/2 minutes in.

"Genius Of The Original Force" above all other tracks sounds the most like GENTLE GIANT. Especially the vocal style and arrangements. Some nice guitar 2 minutes in as bass throbs. It gets a little dark before 6 1/2 minutes as the bass continues to be prominant. Vocals come and go. Spoken words to end it after 11 minutes. "Prime Origin" opens explosively before a tasteful instrumental section follows. Vocals before 3 minutes. This sounds fantastic before 5 minutes. "Feelings" is a bonus track that I don't like at all. More of a ballad with lots of piano.

3.5 stars. It did remind me why I like GENTLE GIANT so much.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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