Genre: N.W.O.B.H.M./Heavy Metal
Label: High Roller Records
Mythra is one these N.W.O.B.H.M. bands that defined modern metal even though they had released only one EP. The full of energy and adrenaline compositions, the cult status, the hard to find copies and mostly the speed element that was something innovating and mostly influential for the back then new generation on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean made Mythra, amongst others, something like proto-speed band that gave birth to thrash Metal after a couple of years. The majority of my generation actually heard for the first time Mythra’s songs in 1998 when ‘Death And Destiny’ LP was released via British Steel Records, a time certainly before the real revival of N.W.O.B.H.M. that takes hold for almost a decade right now. But the band was originally formed 20 years ago, in South Shields England in 1978. Their mythical EP entitled ‘Death And Destiny’ (originally pressed in 1979 by Guardian Records and re-pressed by Street Beat Records in 1980) it is rumored to be pressed in 20,000 copies (sold out), a number definitely remarkable if it is true. In 2003, an unreleased album entitled ‘The Darkener’ that was never really meant to be released in the first place as the songs were never recorded professionally and it is actually a collection of demos that have been circulated to a lucky few worldwide, was the only time we ever heard something from Mythra. So ‘Still Burning’ is literally their debut full length almost 40 years after their formation! Once again, as in many bands from their glory days, the combination anthology album and participation on a revival/nostalgic festival was the sign that Mythra are coming with new recordings! In 2015, Mythra performed live at Newcastle’s Brofest and the Keep It True festival in Germany and this was followed by the release of ‘Warriors Of Time’, an anthology which featured many of their of classic tracks recorded between 1979 and 1982 along with five new songs written and recorded in June/July 2015. Fast forward to 2017 that the band travelled to Poland and worked with Bart Gabriel, a producer that really helped them to create a really strong album. As in Cloven Hoof last release (both via High Roller Records) the production is clean and modern and reminds me of Saxon’s and Accept’s last albums -after 2010-. Mythra have reformed with mostly original members something that gives them a unique bond. Still their ace up the sleeve is the fresh air that the new songs have. It doesn’t sound old school or traditional even if there’s a classic metal aura here and there on ‘Still Burning’. Actually there’s an energy on the songs that makes you wonder which the real age of the band members is. The album is guitar driven, lead by excellent riffs and solos that stick to your mind. Highlights the opener title track, ‘A Call To All’ (excellent N.W.O.B.H.M. hymn), ‘Ride The Storm’, ‘Victory Song’ and the closer ‘Fundamental Extreme’ that links the 2003 recorded songs with the band’s present.