Mechanical Poet - _Woodland Prattlers_
(Aural Music, 2004)
by: Pedro Azevedo (6 out of 10)
Mechanical Poet from Russia throw a lot of elements and influences into their mix of traditional, symphonic and progressive metal. A very theatrical release, _Woodland Prattlers_ reportedly comes with a twenty page comic book that illustrates the concept behind the album (my promo copy doesn't have one, so I won't comment on that). There are significant hints of Danny Elfman soundtracks in the classical elements that Mechanical Poet merge into their metal; if that tickles your curiosity, then you should probably give _Woodland Prattlers_ a shot. Clearly a lot of work has gone into the album, and it is a worthy effort that offers plenty to be discovered. It requires a very high tolerance to all sorts of sweet melodies, clean vocals and harmless fantasy themes, though -- not my thing, but still a good piece of work within the band's chosen style.


(article published 29/11/2004)

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