Myth

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Band Name Myth (SRB)
Album Name Myth
Type EP
Released date 2009
Labels Self-Produced
Music StyleMelodic Death
Members owning this album0

Tracklist

1. Devourer 7.56
2. Crimson Night 7.13
3. Deceiving Eyes 5.02
4. Missing Sun 4.29
5. Demona's Cry 5.26
Total playing time 30.06

Review @ GandhiEgo

07 September 2009
Myth comes from Serbia. They play some rather ok Melodic Death Metal which comes to me as both refreshing news and a semi-deception.

It's refreshing in the sense that I was under the (wrong) impression that Serbia was mainly host for some NSBM or Pagan Black Metal due to their strong sense of patriotism. So they can play Death Metal? Good point.

It’s also a deception because I was never a big fan of Melodic Death Metal. I mean I can stand a few Amorphis' tracks or some Hipocrisy or Dark Tranquility. I can even enjoy Carcass' Heartwork for I believe it’s a great record but I have trouble when it comes to In Flames, Arch Enemy, Children Of Bodom and affiliates. Those guys have taken the Death Metal genre to such extremes where one can hardly say any longer that it’s still Death Metal.

I still believe there is room for just about everybody and considering how many mediocre bands get a deal, I might even think that there’ s room for just about anyone. My latest positive Melodeath experience came from Portugal with the release of Theriomorphic’s second LP so I was more than willing to give Myth a try.

Surprisingly I find Myth to be reasonably good. After reviewing the band's myspace, I believe those guys are not here to bullshit anyone.

Mission 1: check their influences. Among many cited, I find the most relevant one is Iron Maiden. The riffing is very much a la Iron Maiden which gives their music a good Heavy Metal twist that kind of sticks together well the Death Metal structure.

Mission 2: the songs, the music. Well yeah it’s Melodic Death Metal. What else can I say? I guess though that Myth has yet to find its own sound. Most of the songs sound like they could have come out from any album, they’re far too generic. Their musicianship is not that impressive either especially with the mixing giving them a rather weak sound that makes, at times, their Death Metal sound like some premix from a Thrash Metal band back in the 80s. I guess the lead guitars are rather ok, the drumming is at times particularly good but rather standard and the bassist simply does his job as if he were some uninspired studio session member.

Mission 3: vocals and lyrics. Oh man, that’s where they need to do something right away. In my opinion their singer is below-average. He goes from annoying high-pitched screams, which he definitely has no clue how to handle, to deep low growls that are good at best and at worst sound much more like ‘screamo’. On 'Missing Sun’ with its acoustic intro and its growling spoken word, I almost shit my pants… ‘There is darkness in the light, I can see it clearly’ [no need to go on further, it gets worse]. No offence, but was that supposed to be Poetry 101? It seems it’s been written by your typical emo-cursed ‘I AM ANGST’ teen. I mean I could find more depth in My Dying Bride’s lyrics.

Overall Myth [if you except that long acoustic interlude ‘Missing Sun’] is pretty okay. I would definitely suggest that they get an okay singer for their next release and that they try and find their own sound. I mean it’s nice and all to play some tunes a la Amorphis or a la Iron Maiden, but that usually does not get you further than being some sort of cover band and not a real band in my opinion. It’s a debut release, and that means it comes with defaults and qualities which I can understand and even tolerate.

My say is that fans of the genre that are not looking for too much originality should find it rather interesting and worth listening to. I certainly did. To some extent. I won't be looking back at this EP thinking it was one of the best things I listened to in 2009, but I won't mind playing it from time to time (only making sure that I don’t play track 4 unless I’m in a particularly joyous mood).

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