Deadwood Forest

Mellodramatic

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Deadwood Forest's Mellodramatic was one of the strongest debut album from a '90s progressive rock band. The first "new" band to be signed by Texas prog/psychedelic label Shroom Productions (specialized in unearthing forgotten music from the '70s), this quartet delivered an impressive CD propelled by Mitch Mignano's mellotron and the band's vintage approach. Influences range from the Beatles and the Moody Blues to Pink Floyd and King Crimson, plus a dash of '90s Swedish legends Anekdoten and Anglagard. The classic instrumentation of guitars, bass, drums, and mellotron coupled with Ryan Guildry's psychedelic vocals, complex arrangements, and a rare sense of melody all made Deadwood Forest's first album something more than usual. Highlights include "Dry," which takes its point of departure from Pink Floyd's "Fearless," the High Wheel-meets-Emerson, Lake & Palmer "King of the Skies," and the magnificent opener "The Pioneer" which takes the best melody writing the Moody Blues were capable of and puts it in a hard-rocking Gentle Giant frame. Approaching progressive rock as a genre instead of a recipe, Deadwood Forest managed to choose the best elements of the '70s and carry them into the third millennium while putting an original touch to it. Mellodramatic is a compelling album.

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