Mythologie - Review
This legendary project needs no introduction as the popular side project of Bill Leeb of Front Line Assembly
along with various others including many vocalists, often including Rhys Fulber which is the case on this album.
It is with pleasure that we welcome them to the pages of Gothic Paradise with this latest album, their fifteenth. With that massive discography behind us, it's amazing this one doesn't get lost amongst the masses, and maybe it won't be part of the pop music scene like some of the past releases, the dozen tracks we're presented here are a new staple on the airwaves of Gothic Paradise.
With the introduction of this album we're presented with a broad range of various electronica, trip-hop and electro-pop styles and selections, all anchored in the dark electronics we've grown to love from this project over the years. Of course we also have the many wonderful vocalists that contribute their talents to each of these tracks making them each memorable masterpieces. The album flows slowly over the mesmerizing pulsating electronic loops and down-tempo beats allowing the listener to sink deep into the softly enveloping caressing soundscapes.
From start to finish we have one spellbinding piece after another and starting strong with a favorite in "Blue Fires". This piece is an excellent collection of heavenly ethereal elements from the smooth vocals of Mimi Page, to the soft and subtle reverb and the somber beats all interlaced with celestial piano loops. We end up with a dozen of these beautiful masterpieces, but as we're slowly, yet firmly held captive by the music, other selections also stand out a bit. With the smooth downtempo rhythm and feel of "Zero", coupled with Phildel's heavenly vocals we have another mesmerizing classic. The smooth trip-hop feel of "Keep On Dreaming" provides an excellent backdrop to Jaël's siren song. A bit later "Ritual" stands out with the heavy electronics layered over the moving and catchy trip-hop rhythm backing Phildel's angelic voice once again. As we start to make our way to end of the album we get a couple more stellar pieces that stand out a bit among the rest of the album. JES contributes her hauntingly beautiful voice on "Once in a Lifetime" which is an equally beautiful electronica piece with excellent lyrics to match the vocals and backing electronics and somber mid-tempo beat. And finally "Dark Visions" brings the album to a close with starting much the way we started with Mimi Page sharing her spellbinding vocals once again over the somber and dark electronic loops and ambient soundscapes creating another masterpiece and perfect finale to the album.
With three decades of experience, there's definitely no question these artists and vocalists have all mastered their talent with an excellent album here. With so many albums, fans may not realize something new is out with this latest work, but for us it was a great addition to the pages and airwaves here as a new classic.
Label: Metropolis Records