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Melodramus - 2010 Two: Glass Apple




ARTIST: Melodramus
ALBUM: Two: Glass Apple
LABEL: Song Haus
SERIAL: 55052-2
YEAR: 2010
SPONSOR: Dane Spencer

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Mikey Collard - bass * Zakkary Hale Newsom - lead vocals, guitar * Andrew Hopkins - drums, percussion, backing vocals * Ted Newsom a.k.a the Rose Phantom - lead vocals, keyboards, synthesizers

TRACK LISTING: 01 Down In Flames * 02 Vapors * 03 Frozen * 04 Black And Grey * 05 Searching * 06 Generation Same * 07 Two * 08 Glass Apple * 09 VHM * 10 Suffer Like You

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WEBLINKS: www.myspace.com/melodramus


Background
Let's face it, Prog Metal's big, getting bigger and it's not going away anytime soon, much to chagrin of traditionalists and yet an old school progressive rock geezer like myself who has never been enamored with the genre's unrelenting bombast, can and does occasionally find solace in technical overload and the occasional The Mars Volta release. With that, enter Salt Lake City, Utah outfit Melodramus. Typically and unless I'm totally ignorant, not an area of the lower forty eight normally associated with all things 'ard 'n' 'eavy'; the band released their first CD '30 Silver Pieces' in 2007 and was well received in Metal realms. Fast forward to the current day and 'Two: Glass Apple'; the bands sophomore disc. Housed in a well designed Digipack including a thick booklet with lyrics and suitably gothic photos, Melodramus know their fan base and have spared no expense to reach it.


The Songs
Jumping over to the groups Myspace page and the list of influences will certainly peak the ears of serious rock fans. Heavy favourites Rush, Led Zeppelin, Whitesnake and The Doors are in the mix but also Talk Talk, Depeche Mode, The Cure and other 1980's pop artists which some might find surprising and possibly disturbing. Truth be told it's the 80's influences that pull me into the collection with 'Down In Flames' offering a updated, albeit prog metal friendly version of that decades big and melodically rich sound with a huge and memorable chorus. Keyboardist Ted Newsom on the brilliant 'Vapors' clearly shows a knowledge of the Duran Duran, A-Ha songbook, but again it's metalized with crushing guitar work for maximum effect. Of course, not all the Melodramus sound is rooted in the 80's decade pop as the band has soaked in plenty of modern day influences on the dizzying 'Black and Grey' and the comparatively depressing closer 'Suffer Like You'. Still, a tune like the wildly catchy Depeche Mode/The Cult influenced 'Searching' which should in a perfect world be played on radios and internet channels far and wide, is more than enough for me to recommend 'Two: Glass Apple' to Metal fans who aren't afraid of a little pop with their prog.


In Summary
There has been a change in the line-up since the recording with bassist Mickey Collard leaving the band to pursue an Art scholarship at a local university. He's been replaced by Chicago bassist Trevor Alder and with 'Black And Grey' appearing on the newly released 'Speed Racer: The Soundtrack'- things are definitely looking up for Melodramus as a band to watch. Finally and in case you haven't noticed, Dane Spencer and Song Haus Music released this disc, an imprint that needs no introduction here with a long list of quality releases and a seriously welcome return to form.


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#1 | gdazegod on November 14 2010 05:34:46
Retrospect also have a Utah metal band on their books. I think it has Sam and Aaron's brother in there. Can't remember the name though.. Shock

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