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Hunting Giants – Mythos

Hunting Giants
Mythos
by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at 23 August 2022, 9:33 AM

From their EPK, “this album is musically very diverse as it ranges from intense white-knuckled Metal tracks, down to gentle instrumental tracks peppered with melodic piano and haunting cello, all the way to epic ballads tastefully complimented by choirs, strings, and bells. “Mythos” lyrically explores archetypes, both heroic and villainous, that affect the world around us, as well as the inevitable fates which arise when these values are heinously held and expressed. The album contains thirteen songs.

The title track is the first cut. It’s sort of a cross between Alternative Rock and Progressive Rock. The vocals are soul-filled, and the chorus is catchy with vocal harmonies. Keys come in support, though I don’t know who plays them. “Ancient Text” is a bit heavier, and with more Progressive elements. This is more of a white-knuckled Metal track that they talk about, but I am not yet sold on the Alternative style of the vocals. The energy is pretty steady though. “Too Big to Kill” is a succinct song of meter shifting and more soul-filled vocals. The chorus is where the band really shines, but the verses are somewhat dark.

The Alternative sound comes through strong on “Rituals.” We are into the fourth track so far, and not a sign of piano or any epic ballads. “Among Thieves” has a stronger melody line among the first few songs, with nice vocal harmonies. The symphonic elements at the end are a nice touch. The short “Whispers” showcases the band’s musicianship, with that piano that was missing up till now, harmonized guitars, and a meaty bass line underneath. “Vanguard” is another shorter song. So far, what the band has presented is fairly unique. The heaviness is there, but at times the melodies don’t develop fully. “Mantle” swings back to familiar weighted tones. I must admit, I am not a fan of the chord progressions here. “Kindred” is more in line with what I am talking about. The heavy, slow riff is augmented nicely with thick bass tones and legato vocal harmonies. The chord progressions make sense here.

“Epitaph” is a one-minute song that barely makes an impression. “Into Stone” is a straight up banger. Drums roll and cymbals crash, and the bass chugs along the melody line quite well. It’s the riff that needs the most work here…it’s a bit simple, but effective in the sense that the melody comes through. “Remnant” features a powerful riff, reminiscent of ancient Egyptian kings. A darkness runs through this song, along with some haste. The subject only has a few minutes to make a decision. The sparse use of harsh vocals works well. “King of Ashes” closes the album. It’s the final stamp on the album. What is a King, if he is only rules over ashes?

Overall, this was a solid listen, and a fairly unique combination of a few different styles. It’s mostly heavy enough for Metal fans, and mostly melodic enough for fans like myself who appreciate a good hook. They also presented some strong musicianship, especially Corey on bass. Thirteen songs lingered just a bit much for me however, and at times, they didn’t develop the melody lines as good as they could have. Stephen has a nice voice, but I am not sold on his style of singing completely.

Songwriting: 7
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 7
Production: 7

3 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Mythos
2. Ancient Text
3. Too Big to Kill
4. Rituals
5. Among Thieves
6. Whispers
7. Vanguard
8. Mantle
9. Kindred
10. Epitaph
11. Into Stone
12. Remnant
13. King of Ashes
Lineup:
Corey Wharton – Bass
Stephen Atkey – Vocals
Bradley Trivett – Guitar
Daniel Beavington – Drums
Record Label: Independent
     


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Edited 02 December 2022
 

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