“Still Burning” is the debut album from legendary cult New Wave Of British Heavy Metal group Mythra and is to be released April 28th, 2017. Now to date, Mythra have only released their EP entitled “Death and Destiny” which has been a key release in the genre almost as much as Angel Witch’s first album or a few others. They also had an anthology come out last year via SKOL Records which was a compilation of rare recordings from the band. The band in the past few years has been quite active and have always had a steady group of dedicated fans as well. Now finally we get a full length from them over thirty years after forming. Will we see an album that is an absolutely great debut? Lets find out!
1.Still Burning- Opening with the title track, the album opens fairly strong with a really punchy and raw riff hitting you right in the face. Vince High still really has that good grit to his voice that wouldn’t be out of place in 1982 and I love it. The production is also not too glossy either with every instrument being mixed nearly perfectly. The chorus is also quite catchy as well. This is prime early NWOBHM in 2017 and really gets you excited to hear the rest of the album. The solo even sounds like it came from 1980 with the vintage guitar harmonies really making their mark.
2.Call To All- This tune has a bit more melody but has amazing hooks to it especially in the chorus it almost sounds a bit like early diamond head. This is one of my favorites on the album because its one of those great classic sounding metal tracks that just gets stuck in your head.
3.That Special Feeling- This tune is full on melody right from the get go and is similar to the last song with just how catchy it is and I love it. I’ve had this album on repeat the past few days and the songs really do stick especially at a loud volume because you can really feel the double bass drums during the chorus. This is just classic metal done by a band that finally overcame everything and you can definitely hear that they are playing their hearts out on this album.
4.Ride The Storm- This song opens with more melodic guitars but is different enough especially in the progression to stick out than just a similar tune to the last. I really like how Vince really belts the vocals out here and shows why he is one of my favorite NWOBHM singers because he sounds just as good as he does on their early recordings. Overall, this is another very consistent tune on the album.
5.Survival- This song has more of a progressive kind of gallop to it and for some reason it reminds me of a bit of 80’s Ted Nugent with Ozzy’s back up band playing. I dont know why but it made me think of that. I really like the verses of this song they are just so damn powerful with the thumping bass just forcing you to bang your head. I also like that the drums are a bit more interesting in this song and are played very solid too. Not a bad tune at all another heavy hitter.
6.Battle Cry- I dig how this song builds at the beginning and makes me impressed how the band up to this point have just been playing ear splitting heavy metal and some records you eventually get a bit bored but here you accept every tune because they are all executed very well. They all have hooks different from one another and are played with just massive power. I really dig the solo in this song for some reason its one of my favorites on the album.
7.Silence In The Sirens- This tune took me a few listens to really get into Im not sure why but I think it was because the chorus just has this interesting riff that you don’t really expected However, the solo really picks it back up and absolutely screams early maiden and I think the tune still shows great chemistry for the band I just think it is one that may take a few listens to really get into. Again, not a bad tune but one that I had to warm up to a bit.
8.Sands Of Time- This tune slows it down a bit and opens with some cleaner guitars and softer vocals which go right into early speed metal that is done in good taste. It is another tune that has great hooks and fantastic vocal melodies through out as well.
9.Victory Song- This tune has more of a mid pace to it that reminds me of Dio for some reason with a bit of 80’s Priest. It is pretty heavy and quick a fun listen as well with a grooving solo in there too. Not a bad tune it definitely jams.
10.This is definitely the softest tune on the album and I love it. I t has great atmosphere with a hard hitting chorus that definitely fits and still retains that heavy metal feel of the song. This is definitely the most epic song here as well.
11.Fundamental Extreme- The final tune on this heavy metal monster and it has hooks galore with some awesome sing along chorus parts and some catchy verses as well. I think it is a fitting closing to the album and keeps you headbanging all the way to the end.
Overall, this album gets a 9 out of 10. This is easily one of the best albums of the year. Mythra have finally released their first album and it sounds just like it could have came out back in 1980. The band is absolutely on fire and although variety isn’t something album really shows, it shows that heavy metal is still very much alive and is being done just as good as the new bands today, hell probably even better.