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In "Melotronical", Factory of Dreams have served up a follow up to "A Strange Utopia" that is sonically very similar.
Anyone being led by the title and expecting a feast of music featuring the mellotron will be sorely disappointed! There are keyboards aplenty, of course, but the soundscape is much heavier than one would normally associate the use of that instrument. Instead, multi-instrumentalist Hugo Flores and vocalist Jessica Lehto - for that is who Factory of Dreams are - serve up another fest of symphonic goth-metal fusion. There are few quiet moments, the emphasis is on bombast: at times the keyboard layering and machine-gun drumming becomes extraordinarily intense.
It is a soundscape that has a certain appeal, and fans of the band will not be disappointed, but more general listeners are advised to listen to samples before splashing out their money. Personally, I find this onslaught style slightly overawing over the length of time of a modern CD. The previous album, "A Strange Utopia" had perhaps the better balance musically, or perhaps I just need to listen to "Melotronical" more...but I do have to be in the right mood for its intensity!
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Progressive/gothic metal with haunting female vocals12 May 2012
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Portuguese progressive metal band Factory of Dreams released their third album, titled Melotronical, on ProgRock Records in 2011. The "band" is actually a two-person project created by singer/songwriter Hugo Flores, who handles ALL the instruments, and female vocalist Jessica Lehto. Together they have a sound that's like a progressive version of Edenbridge...or a metal version of Leaves Eyes. Actually, they're a lot like the now defunct Without Face,
Melotronical is a very strong album that delivers on multiple levels. Obviously the vocals stand out at first. Lehto has a strong and beautiful voice with an impressive range, and her delivery is downright haunting at times. She never seems to delicate or dainty for the kind of metal being played. When Flores comes in it's usually to add an extra element of emphasis or aggression, but not in the tired "beauty and the beast" style. The musicianship is also noteworthy; especially considering it is the work of one person! Flores delivers a perfect mix of progressive technicality and real metal energy and heaviness. For all the technicality and atmospheric elements, you're still going to bang your head! There's a good sense of melody throughout the album as well.
Factory of Dreams is the kind of band that can appeal to a fairly wide range of metal fans. Fans of gothic metal bands like Leaves Eyes and Lacuna Coil, atmospheric female singers like Sarah Brightman and Tarja, progressive metal bands like Dream Theater and Redemption, and all points in between should find a lot to like in Melotronical.