Mechanical Poet - _Woodland Prattlers_
(Aural Music, 2004)
by: Pedro Azevedo (
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.
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