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CROSSING THE LINE

Asia Minor

 

Symphonic Prog

3.56 | 115 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars The two main players on this album are from Turkey, but they now reside in France which is where the drummer is from.The drummer Lionel Beltrami was only 18 when this album was released. Nice picture of the trio in the back cover.There is a guest keyboardist as well. This was their debut album released in 1979 and to my ears I hear an eighties vibe at times. In a good way though. I like the accented vocals, the atmosphere and flute on this one.There is some aggressive moments as well.

"Preface" opens with a gong before melancholic flute comes in. Guitar and a full sound arrive after a minute.The flute leads the way with prominant drums. Synths before 2 1/2 minutes and vocals come in. Guitar leads the way 4 minutes in. "Mahzun Gozler" might be my favourite track on here. It''s also the longest at over 8 minutes in length.The tempo keeps shifting and I really like the vocals. Something about this song makes me feel so good. It takes me to a good place. Emotional vocals after 7 1/2 minutes. "Mystic Dance" is a gentle guitar / flute piece.

"Misfortune" becomes uptempo with flute and drums leading the way. It settles after 1 1/2 minutes and vocals come in. Kicks back in at 3 minutes. "Landscape" is a little heavier when the drums and raw guitar come in. Vocals and a calm before a minute. Synths join in. Keyboard solo before 2 1/2 minutes but it kicks back in quickly. Nice guitar 3 1/2 minutes in to end it. "Visions" opens with bass as drums and keys join in. Guitar follows and this sounds really good. It settles 1 1/2 minutes in and vocals come in. "Without Stir" is a short mellow tune with reserved vocals. "Hayal Dolu Guler Icin" has a good beat to open. Flute then a calm as vocals and synths come in. The tempo and mood continues to change. "Postface" opens with barely audible organ that builds then flute joins in.

I like this album a lot. Still it''s a low 4 stars.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |

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