01. Monarch 02. The Tormented 03. Confession 04. Mythology 05. Driftwood 06. Sleight of Hand 07. Transcendence 08. In Glorious Death
Produced and recorded at The Brain Studios, Sydney, Australia.
Mastered at Fascination Street Studios, Orebro, Sweden.
Hey you! Non-doomy people! I found some doomy music you might enjoy.[/cut]
We got quite an homogeneous mix here. I hear doom, melodic death and some gothic here and there yet it seems that none of them is able to get the upper hand, at least not the entire time. That's cool though. I do enjoy some good ol' borderline music.
So what we have here is gothic/doom which can also be quite fast at some points akin to melodic death. One thing that caught my attention right away were the tempos and the running time of the album. Eight songs for 45 mins? That's basically grindcore for doom standards and the album begins right away with the upbeat riffs from "Monarch" with some very strong growls and violins right after. You guys are probably thinking of My Dying Bride now and I'll tell you right away that's not the case. Myraeth doesn't roll on that sort of melancholic side of doom, just the heavy/catchy one.
So is it original? Well, not exactly. But one thing is for sure: This is well composed and the production gives plenty of space for everyone to have their own spotlight throughout the album. The growls sound monstrous, the few screams in between work nicely and the same can be said about the complementary female vocals that provide some extra variation in the songwriting department. I must say I was very pleased with the use of violin and keyboards on this album. They are used at the right moments to enhance the songs but know when to just stop and give space to a particularly catchy riff or lead. Myraeth also get some extra points for the clever use of oboe in "The Tormented". It was unexpected and it paid off to the point I wanted to hear that instrument again.
Myraeth released quite a successful debut. Not only is it well crafted but I also believe it's a good way for people (especially those into melodic death and/or gothic metal) to get a taste of what doom can offer.