MYTHERY - THE AWAKENING OF THE BEAST (Mighty Music / Target Distribuition)
(Review by Officer Nice)
Mighty Music owns the secret to contract new but promising bands. This label doesn’t follow trends, the owner goes his own way and the result is that mostly surprising bands can be discovered on this label. As above Mighty Music offers the reviewers perfect stuff; full CD’s or beautiful digi-packs. Not that this is a reason to rate a band higher or lower but it’s easier to give an opinion about a full package than on some cheap downloads or a CD-R.
Next in row is a Danish band that listens to the name of Mythery and again an eye-catching front cover is created. These lads don’t actually look like die-hard Metal fans so I was expecting some more alternative music or some more Progressive stuff. It became the last one and Mythery can be considered as a Progressive Rock / Metal band but pretty soon it becomes clear Mythery is one of a very high qualitative level. For some reason – and I don’t know how to solve the problem – my CD player keeps on randomizing the tracks but I don’t really mind. It gives me the opportunity to discover the entire album without losing a focus and without eventually concluding the band chose to put all the strongest tracks in the beginning.
In this case there isn’t any possibility to talk about strong or weak, what I witness is an album without any flaws. This is a very strong Progressive record, written by some ultra-talented musicians. The production is, once more for this label, as good as perfect and this kind of music demands such a strong sound. Mythery delivers one after another fantastic Progressive Rock song with guitars that contains so much distortion the boundary with Metal is clearly crossed. Mythery wrote arrangements in which also the violin plays a leading role, original and responsible – along with outstanding played keyboards – for a specific atmosphere. Thanks to the riffs Simon Rabenhoj delivers the perfect heaviness is heading my way.
Myhtery works as a team and that means every single musician is necessary. Influenced by the bigger bands in Progressive Metal and Progressive Rock the band tried to create their own sound and to me they succeeded easily in reaching that goal. It’s original and even brave – in Heavy Metal as a style - to give the violin this kind of attention, but it works. As above this band is fronted by a man, Lurits Emanuel, who contains a very good voice and is supported on one track (“The crusade”) by an exceptional soprano voice. This guy contains a varied clear vocal sound and isn’t afraid to experiment with it. He did a perfect job as a Rock singer, no doubt, I suppose we will hear more about him in the future.
A track like “Awoken By Fire” should easily convince any Progressive Metal fan. The melodic lines in the choruses and refrains are another strong point, it keeps the listener from being bored! As I’ve told so many times before too much Progressive Metal bands fail because of a lack of melody in their music, even a lack of a special kind of atmosphere. Mythery delivers it all, what makes this album amazingly strong! It’s a record with a special mood, melancholic but seducing! This band doesn’t mind to sound a bit retro here or modern there, is able to touch the soul of even the biggest Metal haters, to make fans of Progressive Metal fans bow their heads deep.
Overall it seems a band that doesn’t mind any trends, that never listens to advice but just does what they want to do! I suppose these musicians are no pure Metal heads at all but an ensemble of youngsters with musical intelligence… but with a collective vision! The result is an album that will leave lots of people behind with eyes wide shut and this silver disc is top in its own style! Beautiful piano compositions, melancholic sounding violins, great guitars, technical played bass and drums and a front man with an fantastic voice… Put the best of Ayreon, Avantasia, Wolverine, Opeth, Asia, Dream Theater, Marillion, Rush, Genesis in a blender and add a bit of a Gothic touch but be prepared to discover some new sounds… Too much to discover at one? I suppose so but if you can lay your hands on this one I suppose this disc will stay a long time in your CD-player! Check them out at: http://www.mythery.com.
My Points : 88 / 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