Risen from the ashes of Swedish band MERCURY FANG, we find: MISTH! This debut CD is easily one of the top 10 albums of the year in my humble opinion. And I know it’s only early May 2013 when I say this… MISTH recruited Maria Rådsten (from pop/symphonic act ONE MORE TIME) as their singer, and the result is nothing but splendid. Music-wise it’s all about melodic hard rock with lots of progressive parts; at times with a neoclassical vibe, too.
Bands I think of when listening to MISTH are for example THRESHOLD, VANDEN PLAS, STORMWIND and occasionally DREAM THEATER or even YNGWIE MALMSTEEN. If you’re in a hurry I recommend you listen to “Life’s arena” – an epic song that has and says it all. Anything from heavy riffing guitars, wide symphonic keyboards, a mystical spice, a rather weird solo in the middle – all, added by a great chorus. Fans of DIO will probably love “Sending down an angel”. Also check up the lovely verse in “Something better change” with its soft background and picking guitar chords.
Maria Rådsten can handle any type of singing. One moment she has a fragile and yet solid, warm voice – the next she’s bombastic and biting. Let’s not forget the guys in the band, because these are very good players and arrangers. The album is produced by Jocke Skoog (Clawfinger), who’s done a great work. Hats off for MISTH since they’re better than most bands in the progressive hard rock genres.