Monday, March 21, 2005

Album of the Day

Volume One, by Mastermind (1990): Mastermind sounds a lot like a late 80s / early 90s version of Emerson, Lake, & Palmer, only a little heavier and without those dreadful Lake ballads (but, then again, ELP never dropped a bomb like "Long Distance Love Affair"). But check the liner notes and you'll notice a lack of a keyboard player. Actually, the synth pyrotechnics are the product of guitarist Bill Berends's use of a MIDI guitar-synth. Sometimes, it's hard to tell the difference. The effect is to give the music a little more of a metallic edge.

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