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Salem Hill



3.59 | 59 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars First of all just to get this out of the way, the track listing is all wrong on the cd. I noticed when listening to what is supposed to be "Seattle (In Memory Of...)" that he kept repeating the word "Apollyon" on the chorus. And since "Apollyon" is also a song I compared the lyrics to the songs listed and no less than eight of the songs are out of order. Frustrating ! As far as the music goes it is really good for the most part. In fact it's a tough one for me to rate because I think the concept and lyrics are very well done and most of the music, but there are several tracks I would consider average at best. If your into concept albums (i'm not) I think you will rate this high.

"Reflect" opens the album with the sounds of waves and seagulls before acoustic guitar and vocals take over. "Symposium" is better with that growly bass as percussion and vocals join in. It kicks in and picks up.Good tune. "Nowhwere Is Home" features strummed guitar and vocals with piano and a beat. It does get fuller. It's okay. "The Great Stereopticon" is heavy to start but it settles back when the vocals arrive. "Children Of Dust" should be the title of the next track. In fact this and the next seven tracks are titled wrong. I've heard this song on some compilation before. It's cool to hear the two different vocalists trading off. An aggressive tune for the most part. "The Red Pool" is catchy with dual vocals again. "Underneath" is heavy early on then it settles with vocals.Contrasts continue.

"Seattle (In Memory Of...)" reminds me of QUEEN. Not a fan. "Apollyon" kicks in quickly and the vocal are angry. "A Perfect Light" sounds like STEELY DAN. A good song. "Love Won't Save The World" has some interesting lyrics. "I Didn't Come For You" opens with guitar then the vocals join in before a minute.This reminds me of KINGS X. Some good bottom end here. "Beings" is laid back with vocals. "Regard Me" ends the album like it began with waves and seagulls. Music does come in as well.

Some really good songs on here and if I could bother to get into the concept I might like this more. 3.5 stars. Worth checking out for sure.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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