4/1/2005 - Review by: Ken Pierce
Mechanical Poet - Woodland Prattlers - 2004 - Aural Music
The group hails from Moscow and it comprised of members Lex Plotnikoff (guitars), Max Samosvat (vocals) and Tom Tokmakoff (drums) along with some other contributors. The guys took an interesting take on the music and it seems that this will be the kind of group that will be good in concert. The CD plays along fluidly through song after song and builds up a setting for your mind to enjoy. Among my favorite tracks on this concept album are “Natural Quarternion” and “Strayed Moppet” as I found myself listening to them more than two times very quickly. I also enjoyed “Shades On A Casement” which added the whole power ballad effect that I like every now and again.
With the group taking this unique approach of more orchestrations than those of their peers it allows their brand of Progressive Metal to retain a freshness that is not too easily achieved. This is especially so when so many of the major players in power metal are doing the same thing over and over instead of taking the nature of musical experimentation to the next level. Bands who choose to do so, are worthy of the title progressive. Let’s welcome Mechanical Poet to the fold.
--Ken Pierce 03.31.05
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