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Review: Myriads - Introspection

Label: Napalm Records
Year released: 2002
Duration: 74:18
Tracks: 9
Genre: Gothic Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: July 12, 2003
Reviewed by: Scott Murray
Readers Rating

Rated 3.8/5 (76%) (5 Votes)

Wow. Just, wow. I’ve heard enough generic goth metal in my time to know when a band truly desires to separate themselves from the norm and take this anomaly of a metal subheading far beyond any formula laid out by the likes of Tristania and Eternal Tears of Sorrow. No, Myriads from Norway create some truly breathtaking sounds at times, especially in the vocal department in which lies the albums more interesting selling points. Within the first couple of minutes you’ll hear five different voices working in random rotation or together over the mid-tempo guitar and piano rhythms. It turns out that there are three different sets of pipes at work here. Centrepiece Mona Undheim Skottene ranges from standard singing to booming operatic vocals. Actually, the album opens immediately thrusting her to the forefront, wailing loudly out of nowhere so as to cause me to jump in surprise. On the testosterone driven side of things is Alexander Twiss adding an unexpected sepulchral deathgrind voice, along with Mikael Stokdol playing out the standard black metal vox, while also offering up clean, elf-like singing. The way these voices are constantly bouncing back and forth off of each other, and often times acting in unison, is more than enough to keep things interesting for the drastically long duration of Introspection. I find that near the end there’s a couple songs that lack the depth of some of the others, more in there to fill out the track length more than anything. Most of the songs usually have at least two sides to them, changing dramatically at times as to think the next song has begun. This is an album that could confuse one who’s not paying attention to what track they’re listening to on their stereo display, and so easily will Myriads whisk you away even against your will.

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