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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars A successful debut for this raw sounding New York band.They brought a lot to the table back in 1972 with their sense of humour blended with often mysterious and dark lyrics. We get a taste of Hard rock, Psychedelia, Blues and heaviness on this one.

"Transmaniacon MC" has a STEPPENWOLF vibe early (and late) before settling into a vocal / guitar / drum led rocker.The organ comes and goes. "I'm On The Lamb But I Ain't No Sheep" features some raw guitar that dominates. The bass and drums are relentless. "Then Came The Last Days Of May" is one of my top three tracks. This one is a more laid back bluesy tune with reserved vocals. The guitar 3 minutes in reminds me of Krautrock. "Stairway To The Stars" is a straight forward, catchy tune. Some ripping guitar in this one. "Before The Kiss, A Redcap" has a good rhythm to it. Some nice bass before 2 minutes. It gets really fun 2 minutes in. Back to original melody before 4 minutes. Nice dual guitar melodies 4 1/2 minutes in. The organ is prominant to end it.

"Screams" is my favourite track. A dreamy intro gives way to a dark guitar / organ melody.This contrast continues. The guitar is great before 3 minutes. Check out the drums to end it. "She's As Beautiful As a Foot" is a psychedelic inspired tune as the title would suggest and a top three for me. "Cities On Flame With Rock And Roll" is BLACK SABBATH inspired but the lyrics are far from being that good. Some excellent guitar to end it. "Workshop Of The Telescopes" is better with some interesting guitar throughout. I like it. "Redeemed" is my least favourite. It has an almost country flavour to it. It's ok though.

I like this quite a bit. Some good variety on it as well.3.5 stars.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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