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Residuos Mentales: Introspection

Residuos Mentales is a studio project based out of Athens, Greece. The project formed in 2012 and consists of Stratos Morianos (pianos, strings, synthesizers, programming, snare drum and floor tom on track #8) and Alexandros Mantas (electric, acoustic and classical guitars, flute on tracks #4 and #11, bass on tracks #4, #7 and #11). There are a few guest musicians as well contributing guitar, bass, synths, programming, drums, violin and cello on a number of tracks.

This is a concept piece relating to memories. The protagonist is haunted by memories of his past and the music is suitably dark, somber and moody. This album is all about the mood it creates and the music is cinematic and sweeping with elements of electronic, folk and symphonic progressive rock. It is important to mention the music never rocks out, this is a very introspective (perfect title for this album) and unsettling affair. Often mellow while at other times densely packed with programming and electronic elements. The album plays like one thirty-eight minute track as the eleven songs flow into each other. I hear elements of Camel, Pink Floyd, Lunatic Soul and other related bands. Although often dark and somber some of this music is really quite beautiful and the melodies absolutely gorgeous. The best time to listen to Introspection is nighttime or when you want to completely lose yourself in the concept. I suggest limited lighting to get the full effect.

Although completely instrumental, Residuos Mentales presents the listener with a fantastic journey through the mind, as such the music invokes a sweeping cinematic odyssey that will not be easily forgotten. Highly recommended.

Track Listing:
1. Pandora’s Box
2. Alienated
3. Immersed
4. The Thorn In Me
5. My Stories
6. (A Prospect Of) A Blooming Life
7. Home
8. It All Becomes Clear
9. Narrative
10. On The Borderline
11. A Promise Unkept/Mental Residuals

Added: April 28th 2019
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Band @ Bandcamp
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Language: english

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