MYTHOLIC - RISE FROM THE GRAVE (Independent)
(Review by Stefan)
Until a few days ago I had never heard about Mytholic, a five piece band from Holland. Drummer Bill Powers has contacted me whether it was possible to provide the band with a discussion of their new demo called “Rise From The Grave”. From the demise of another band called Inoxia emerged Mytholic which was actually formed in 2000 by keyboardist Bruce Key and guitarist Pete Steels (both Inoxia). Other musicians who have been added to the ranks those days were Bill Powers (drums) and Timmy Hilfingers (guitar). Fact is that both Bill and Bruce were active in Thrash Metal act The Legacy, Steel and Hilfingers played both in Heavy Metal outfit The Unknown. The missing element to complete the chain was a singer which was eventually found in Juni 2001 by the name of Willy Jeans. Willy lent his talents already out with the Ozzy Osbourne tribute band Ozzy Ozz and Wild Bill And His Alabama Speed Steamers. Koen Spierings joined forces as bassist left the ranks again after a while, he was replaced by ex Zynith/Eclipse member Mark Masters.
In March 2004, Mytholic debuted with a 3-song demo entitled “Ethereal Hunter” followed by a second output, the demo “Powerblast 2000” released in Juni 2006. A few months later on founder Bruce Key called it quits and the rest of the band decided to proceed without keyboard tunes. Removing this instrument from the package meant there was more room for the real metal violence but still, certain things were not as good as before. Guitar veteran Timmy Hilfingers left the ranks in 2008, they couldn’t find a decent substitute, one led to another … finally in the Summer of 2000, Mytholic as stopped indefinitely. Two years later Hilfingers offered again his guitar talents to the band, the rebirth of Mytholic occurred last year. Now they’re back in full force, stronger than ever before… may I present you to their brand new demo “Rise From The Grave”, a killer output from Holland Power/Thrash Metal revelation Mytholic !
I am a layman in their first two demo’s so impossible to me to compare their older songs with the new ones. Myself fully concentrating on the songs from “Rise Of The Grave” demo 2013, Mytholic just blew me away ! This five song loaded piece of powerthrashing art sounds almighty good to me. These guys are from Holland but they’re completely influenced by the US scene, more specifically Bay Area side. I’d like to refer the style of Mytholic to the era: mid 80s - early 90s Power/Thrash Metal. Describable as old school Metal featuring some progressive passages as well, “Rise From The Grace” is definitely one of the most overwhelming Dutch based releases from the last few years. Due to their style of almost 100% US styled, I’m in a state of euphoria for sure !
Opener ‘Rise From The Grave’ takes me by the throat right from the start, thrashing rhythms in the vein of Forbidden, Exodus, Heathen, Agent Steel, Mystik, Kinetic Dissent, Annihilator and featuring an outstanding frontman delivering both clear and high pitched vocals … mighty good!! ‘Warhammer” starts to play and again, the band knows how to impress me. Not that fast as previous song but I feel real good to hear a lot of US Metal influences. Frontman Willy Jeans proves all his vocal qualities while he reminds me of Russ Anderson (Forbidden) and Andy B. Franck (Ivanhoe, Brainstorm, Symphorce). More powerthrashing frenzy is underway with next song ‘Far Beyond’ featuring a fabulous small break. Power Metal maniacs will embrace both ‘Bestial Detonation’ and ‘Ethereal Hunter’ undoubtedly. High Pitched vocals with headbanging rhythms in the good old Bay Area Metal tradition, my favourite style actually.
Mytholic is a band for the future to me, the mutual determination is keenly felt while listening to their new demo “Rise From The Grave”. Available only as digital downloads via: http://mytholic.bandcamp.com/ Also check the following pages for more info: http://www.youtube.com/user/mytholicmetal / https://www.facebook.com/mytholic. I want close this review with a very positive note: my dignity to these guys is complete, I really like their way of Metal ! That’s why I’d like to scream out loud, offer these guys a well deserved record deal so they can bring out a full album soon. You won’t be disappointed at all !
My Points: 90 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish