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AND THEN THERE IS SILENCE

Valinor's Tree

 

Heavy Prog

3.14 | 23 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars VALINOR'S TREE are a Swedish band much in the vein of ANGLAGARD and ANEKDOTEN although less so on this album when compared to their debut.The vocalist is the biggest turn off as he sounds out of tune at times. And considering the music is really good (especially their debut) this becomes a frustrating listen for me. What could have been.

"Fields Of Sorrow" has an excellent intro before it settles when the vocals arrive. It kicks back in and the vocals are brutal here. Contrasts continue. "Like A Whisper" is mellow as reserved vocals and piano join in. It kicks in with power 2 minutes in as contrasts continue. "Tell Me A Story" is my favourite track on here. It's heavy with reserved vocals and piano. Very Swedish. Chunky bass comes in as it gets more intense. Contrasts continue. Great section 5 minutes in. It's powerful but then it calms right down. Piano, bass and guitar are outstanding before 7 minutes.

"Come Home" features picked guitar and vocals. Clarinet joins in. It turns more passionate and I don't like the vocals as usual when he tries to sing harder. "Reaching For Angels" has this beat with vocals and some atmosphere. "Silence Within" opens with bass. It's building. It's built ! Guitar before 2 minutes,vocals a minute later. A calm with piano 6 1/2 minutes in then it kicks back in. "She Will Dance No More" comes from left field as they give us this Jazzy track with sax, bass, drums and piano. The vocals are poor. "Autumn Rain" opens with the sound of children in the background. It's pastoral as sax comes in.

The vocals aren't quite as bad as on the debut but then the music isn't as good either.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |

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