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mythodea - mythodeaMythodea are a Symphonic/Progressive metal band from Greece that was founded by Christos Nikolaou.  With his diverse influences including classical baroque music and movie soundtracks combined with band members recruited from the Prog metal community, then the band were bound to have an interesting and varied sound.

The album contains 11 tracks and has a running time of around 56 minutes – pretty good going as most albums are nearer 45 minutes and some are shorter, so it’s pretty good value for a start.  The music is symphonic metal and the vocals are mainly male, but various guest singers add female vocals to some of the tracks.  There’s some excellent orchestration throughout the album.

Brief comments on a couple of the tracks…

“Ingredi” is a short track with some beautiful haunting vocals from Vicky Psarakis, and the music starts as orchestral with the rock element growing throughout the track.

“Nostalgia” is a beautiful ballad.  The flute, strings and piano create some lovely music and the vocals work perfectly.

This is an excellent album that will certainly appeal to fans of symphonic metal bands, particularly bands such as Serenity.

Rating: 8.5/10

Mythodea are:

John West – Vocals
Christos Nikolaou – Guitar
Steve DiGiorgio – Bass & Sitar
Charlie Zeleny – Drums

Guest musicians:

Vitalij Kuprij – Piano on “Nostalgia”
Robert Sorvari – Flute on “Nostalgia”
Mistheria – Synth Solo on “Mnemosyne”
Lonnie Park – Backing vocals
Maria McTurk – Vocals on “Stay”
Pericles Timplalexis – Violins
Giannis Siggounis – C. Bass
Sarah Nakkach – Vocals on “Asia”
Vicky Psarakis – Vocals on “Ingredi”
Alexandra Samouilidou – Vocals on “Sailing On A Stormy Sea”
Sapfo Stavridi – Vocals on “Sailing On A Stormy Sea”

Track listing:

1. Ingredi
2. Another world
3. Hope
4. In my soul
5. Nostalgia
6. Mnemosyne
7. Asia
8. Sailing on a stormy sea
9. We
10. Stay
11. Ultimate pain

Ant May

I spend half my life at gigs or festivals and the other half writing the reviews and editing photos, and somehow find time for a full time job too. Who needs sleep – I’ve got coffee.