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Monks of Mellonwah

Ghost Stories

Review by Gary Hill

This EP definitely borders on progressive rock. Mind you, that’s not old school prog, but the more modern variety. Overall, it’s probably closer to alternative rock, but there are some definite prog elements here. This is short set, but it’s made up of a great music. It comes highly recommended to just about any music fan. The vocal arrangements are stellar and yet the instrumental work does a great job of standing up to them. I’d love to hear more from these guys.

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Track by Track Review
Ghost Stories Intro

This instrumental is a cool little track. It’s a short one, but it’s full of waves of sound. It does a nice job of getting into the vibe of the set.

Ghost Stories
There is a cool alternative rock vibe with a lot of progressive rock in the mix here. While the musical structure has some great changes and shifts and textures, the vocal arrangement really steals the show on this. There are multiple layers of vocals and the delivery is powerful and just works really well. All in all, this is a great tune.
Vanity

The riff that drives this is quite a meaty one. I suppose one could say that the riff steals the show here, but the vocal arrangement shines enough to give it a real run for its money. There’s almost a soulful vibe to the vocals, but the guitar is all smoking hot hard rock.

Sailing Stones
There’s an alternative rock meets classic rock riff that drives the opening. The first vocals somehow remind me of Pearl Jam’s “Evenflow.” The cut works out from there in a series of transitions. At points it feels almost country rock influenced. At other points it leans towards progressive rock. All in all, though, it’s great. There’s even a cool jam later in the piece that has a lot of middle Eastern elements and some hints of Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir.”
 
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