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Ars Nova (JAP)


Symphonic Prog

3.71 | 78 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars I have the Japanese version which has a different track order and album cover. There's no question this is bombastic instrumental music inspired by ELP. Not my favourite kind of music but I tip my hat to these three ladies who can play with the best of them. It's almost too much the way the tempo and climate changes so often, and of course that bombastic element isn't something i'm fond of. Having said that I love the bass playing and the organ work.

"Morgan (The Fate Awaits Inevitible)" is the longest and my favourite song on here. I really like the sound of the organ that comes and goes that reminds me so much of Swedish bands like SINKADUS and ANGLAGARD. The song starts off mellow then bang an explosion of sound after a minute. The bass is incredible. "Fury (The Daughter Of The Simoon, And The Simoon)" is uptempo, bombastic and furious. Some sampled mellotron on this one as well. It does settle briefly before kicking back in.

"The Gorgons (Never Look At Her Eyes)" opens with pulsating sounds, and check out the powerful organ, drums and bass that take over 1 1/2 minutes in. It settles 3 minutes in. Drums before 4 minutes. Love the bass 4 1/2 minutes in. Outbreaks of bombast after 6 minutes is impressive. Is that bass after 8 1/2 minutes ! Too much. Some great organ work to end it. "Ainsel (A Mad Little Girl)" is one song I don't like at all. Lots of samples and piano in this one. "Kali (In The Name Of Demolition And Massacre)" is a great closing track. The organ early with deep bass lines is amazing. Some screams in this one too.

I feel this is worth 3.5 stars. Lots to like but there are also many sections that do little for me. Worth a listen for the Hammond and bass alone.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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