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Review: Mithras - On Strange Loops
On Strange Loops

Label: Galactic Records
Year released: 2016
Duration: 56:16
Tracks: 12
Genre: Death Metal


Review online: April 22, 2017
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 4/5 (80%) (18 Votes)

Mithras put out the stellar Behind the Shadows Lie Madness back in 2007, and I liked it so well I have been impatiently waiting ever since. This is an odd band, who I would call "progressive" not in the sense of being super-technical and fast, but rather just by bringing in a lot of sounds you don't normally hear in Death Metal and making them work within the whole. The adventurousness of their sound was very much what I liked about their last album, but this time I think they went a bit far with it.

Mithras' riffs are really good, with tight musicianship and powerful, propulsive playing. The roaring vocals are gutsy and aggressive, and when the band rips it out they sound fantastic. They draw in a lot of other musical elements besides Death Metal, and some of these work, while others do not work as well. You won't find any folk instruments or anything like that, they just use modes and compositional ideas that are not often heard in this kind of music. The songwriting lacks a certain focus, and a lot of these songs seem to run into one another and meander around without enough shape.

This album is a lot of fun while it is on, but it kind of blows by you and when it is over you can't remember one thing about it. Part of that is the complexity, but also the lack of any real focus to the songs or a central, driving mood or idea. It's enjoyable, but it tries to do too much.

More about Mithras...
Review: Behind The Shadows Lie Madness (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
Interview with Leon Macey (Guitars, drums) on December 18, 2010 (Interviewed by Nahsil)
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