Mythica - Confessions of a Demi-God
Self Financed
Symphonic gothic progressive metal
2 songs ()
Release year: 2002
Reviewed by Alex

Whenever a band writes/sends demo to any review site it is taking chance. A chance at gaining some publicity. There is no guarantee that it will be a good one. So, the band must think they are prepared to take this all important next step.

Mythica from Netherlands wrote to Metalreviews and offered we review a demo based on mp3 tracks on their site For me, personally, I’d say it is a little lazy not to mail the actual demo with the packaging, bio, etc. However, I thought I would do a review anyway.

Mythica play symphonic/gothic hybrid of a progressive power metal with both female and male vocalists. There is no question the guys know how to handle their instruments, and spent time (and money??) on the production of their music. Mythica cites their countrymates After Forever and Symphony X among their influences. OK, they are honest. However, their music is not quite as symphonic as either of the bands, not as gothic as After Forever and not as complex as Symphony X. Mythica’s riffs are heavier and “dirtier” than Symphony X, but they lack variety and syncopation. Rhythm section is tight, but like I said before, not very complex. Main composer and keyboard player Joris van de Kerkhof writes good melodies. His synthesizer sound is tempered and provides for a nice orchestral feeling. Female singer Marjolein Husken is trying to modulate her voice over heavy riffing, just like After Forever do, but never in the right state of mind you will confuse her with Floor Jensen. It says on the site that she overheard the future male singer Bryan Ketelaars singing along at one of their live gigs. I give her credit; she did well for the band, but threatened her position as he is a much better singer. While her voice is not very strong, he’s got some range and power. You can hear that he is dominating their duet on Confessions of a Demi-God.

The whole demo is only two tracks long, so whatever opinion I have given here is based on the very limited amount of material. It is not bad for starters, but the big question remains whether the band will be able to sustain interest over the course of a longer demo or full-length album.

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