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4 stars Beautiful, concise, strong and coherent. Few experimental records show a tight situation between a band and the mastermind, in this particular case, music-wiz STEVEN WILSON created a passage of 6 different soundscapes from "regular" jam/krautrock to noise and finishing with ambient textures. Each passage is diffenet but linked to each other, like a story to be told, from happiness to despair and sometimes the recurrent "happy ending" (not in this case, beacuse "VI" is more a far cry of anguish and fear that leave you in awe). So... musicianship at its best... a reminder of some PAINKILLER:EXECUTION GROUND texures, with hard atonal flutes and saxes mixed with strong and deep guitars, with a very strong foundation of bass loops and drum-infected rhythms. The magical of it is that there's no lyrics, not a single voice not even as ambient, a complete instrumental phase of one of music greatest geniuses of all time. Contrary to what has been specified in here, there's a "band" in different time and space situations... not a solo recording a collaboration in itself as SW has stated sometimes. A true jewel... actually, those who have enjoyed PT'S METANOIA might find this record amusing. peace
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Posted Wednesday, November 15, 2006 | Review Permalink
Mellotron Storm
4 stars 4.5 stars. This is my favourite IEM album but also the most experimental and therefore most difficult to digest. This has Krautrock written all over it. It's close to 73 minutes of mind bending music, and it's one of the best trips i've had in music. Steven Wilson never ceases to amaze me with not only his talent in the studio but his creativity in making music. This album would have fit in perfectly with those early seventies Krautrock classics.

There are no song titles just 6 untitled tracks. The first song is over 35 minutes and opens with spacey electronic sounds that come and go. This is haunting to say the least. I like the mellotron that comes in before 2 1/2 minutes. Guitar after 4 1/2 minutes starts to come and go. We start to get a beat then the guitar becomes prominant. This is so good. Flute-like sounds before 12 minutes that stop before 14 1/2 minutes then the guitar returns making noise. It's dark and experimental. A calm before 20 1/2 minutes. Flute comes in then the guitar returns before 22 minutes. It kicks in at 22 1/2 minutes. Nice. The mellotron is back then the flute at 25 minutes. The guitar takes over for the flute around 28 minutes. Mellotron is back late with guitar. An incredible ride !

The second song opens with deep bass sounds that slowly pulse as an eerie sound sweeps over top. Drums before 2 1/2 minutes. A heavy atmosphere can almost be felt. Sax after 5 minutes. Track 3 features these loud and strange sounds to start. The guitar comes in just ripping it up as the drums pound. Nothing melodic or accessible about this (haha). Horns 3 1/2 minutes in replace the guitar. The fourth tune opens with a beat as other sounds come and go. Horns come in and there's this dark and powerful atmosphere as well. Incredible ! The guitar takes over and echoes 7 1/2 minutes in. It settles right down 9 minutes in. The fifth song is noisy and loud as horns and drums come in. The noise stops before 2 minutes as drums and horns continue. The noise is back again as it comes and goes. The final track opens with mellotron choirs (gulp) then the hammered dulcimer joins in before 2 minutes. This track is so majestic as the mellotron flows beautifully.

I really think this is a must for Krautrock fans as also fans of spacey Psychedelic music.

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Posted Sunday, April 18, 2010 | Review Permalink
5 stars Alongside "Moonloop", this is the best work Steven Wilson was involved in creating. This modern vanguard of prog polarises with his meticulous style of constructing tracks and albums, but if there is any place his talents and style shine brightest, it is on this throwback to that sort of inbetween genre where parts of krautrock were adopted by Bowie, Iggy, Joy Division, and Public Image Ltd. in their pioneering of post-punk. It also remains heavily indebted to a more proper style of krautrock. The result? Well, the first, sprawling half hour track alone is a masterpiece. Especially at the point where Wilson pans a drone from one side to the other and back and forth for awhile, making it feel like the drone is constantly buzzing straight through your head if you are wearing headphones! The main guitar line is very mesmerising, and the whole cycle includes plenty of variation in instruments, sounds, and moods, with several climaxes. The rest of the tracks follow in much the same fashion, each focusing on a single idea and expressing it to the fullest. The final track mixes things up with some very strange sounds completely different from the rest of the record, but it works. Again, some of Wilson's very best work, fans of ambient and drone will love his experiments here.
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5 stars If you take the long, spacey jams of early Porcupine Tree and progress that music over the years, then this is a good example of what to expect of I.E.M., especially this album Those of you who are familiar with the long tracks from early PT from the albums "On the Sunday of Life", "Voyage 34", "The Sky Moves Sideways" and "Moonloop" will find this album by Steven Wilson's project the logical progressing of that type of music, and fans of that sound will be happy to know that SW continued to develop that sound. Fans of Krautrock and Space Rock will also love this album.

Now, everyone pretty much knows that Steven Wilson has a lot of projects going on out there. Some of them require an acquired taste and others are more readily accessible. This one falls between the two extremes. It is not as experimental as Bass Communion nor is it ambient or minimalistic like that and it isn't as accessible as No-Man or Blackfield. It is more experimental than more recent Porcupine Tree and it is a lot more developed than early Porcupine Tree (as I said, it's a natural progression from early PT).

The album is divided up into 6 untitled tracks that are each separate and distinct, but carry the same floating vibe alternating from beauty to harsh dissonance, from melodic flute to heavy distorted guitar and it's all instrumental. The music on the album, at least tracks 1 - 5, is all taken from I.E.M. improvisations done around the time of the recording of their 1st full album "Arcadia Son" and those recordings have been overdubbed and reprocessed and made into some amazing tracks. The first track is 35 minutes long and actually is an improvisation based on the title track for the first album. This is probably the most accessible of the album, even though it is a very long track, it is a very beautiful and flowing piece for the most part but don't get too comfortable because there are a lot of amazing surprises along the way. This I quite an amazing track that you can easily get yourself lost in, but it manages to keep itself fresh through the piece by not relying on repetition too much like some of the early PT tracks did.

Tracks 2 - 4 are more experimental and very innovative. They remain quite interesting and consist more of an even flow of music. Quite beautiful, meditative, yet always throwing in things that keep the music interesting and moving forward. Flowing and soft at times, yet brash and unconventional at others. The fifth track however will come as a shock with some very distorted drums and guitar making for some really exciting sounds and dissonance. If you are playing this over your speakers and not your headphones, you might scare anyone around you when this track starts. The 6th track is not taken from any source material as the other tracks were and is an original piece for dulcimer and mellotron. Lovely and spacey and a nice way to end the album.

As far as SW works go, this is one of the best of his more experimental albums and ranks up there with his best work. It is a definite 5 star album that takes the krautrock and space rock genres to new places and as such is a definite masterpiece of the genre. Search this one out and get it if you are interested in SW's experimental work, because this is some of the best.

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