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MYR: Days Of Convergence

"The project MYR was born with the intent of telling our time, through a dark and faceted musical language which paints the nuanced and devious atmosphere of a great metropolis. A metropolis divided between the antiquity of its origins of the unstoppable force of technology, driven by complex social and personal problem".

Italian quintet MYR have produced a rather interesting and dark album which contains elements of modern metal, progressive and post rock layered loosely with hints of oriental tones. In all honesty it is hard to pigeonhole the band, which is not a bad thing, but to offer a point of reference think Porcupine Tree, Korn, Tool and Pink Floyd.

The album is full of atmospherics, tightly interwoven musical passages that offer the foundations for some melancholic vocal tones. There has certainly been a lot of thought put into the constructs that slowly drag you into their world as the music undulates between the dream soundscapes of Land Art and the power of Filler; in saying that the approach is somewhat formulaic, not in a bad way, just repetitive. On the grand scale of things Diva is the real stand out track that defines the bands creative ethos.

Days of Convergence is not an album that is going to challenge people with its musical complexity; if MYR up the ante and step outside the box slightly there could be exciting things ahead. Based on this release they demonstrate that they are more than capable and are definitely a band to keep an eye on.

Track List:
1. Apprentice
2. Filler
3. Land Art
4. Diva
5. Connections
6. December
7. To Err Is Human

Added: July 31st 2014
Reviewer: John OBoyle
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MYR: Days Of Convergence
Posted by Steven Reid, SoT Staff Writer on 2014-07-31 17:05:45
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Proving that the Italian Prog scene is wide and varied, MYR arrive with their Days Of Convergence and a sound very similar in structure to Riverside; a melancholy buried deep into a mix of gritty riffs and sweet, yet dark clean sections. As seems mandatory these days, a complex, convoluted concept forms much of what goes on, technology pitted against society and the struggle to find the correct balance. It's an admirable, if well used idea, although considering how familiar much of what MYR serves up sounds, that's maybe not a shock. Droplets of Dream Theater float in the air, the spectre of Opeth ghosts past and touches of Tool arrive as simple themes are delivered from paths which wind for the sake of winding.

Yet, there's no denying that MYR are skilled, or that they can convince, "Filler" keenly ranging between barrages of bass booms and harsh scrapes of guitars. Vocally things also range from Mariusz Duda (Riverside) sweet, knowing innocence to Michael Akerfeldt (Opeth) growls (although there's much more of the former) confirming the variety that arrives in well worn packages. "Land Art" using the same framework, just toned down, the growls turned to whispers, the booms morphed into hums. And really that's the rub here, with MYR showing promise and no little skill, yet the air of safety that really should, given the subject matter and intended impact, be transformed into rich, desolate statements of intent, enveloping everything, transforming it all into a politeness that nearly confuses and almost disappoints.

A solid beginning from a band who don't miss the target by a huge amount is no bad thing, yet there's a feeling that Myr will need to dig much deeper to find their own identity sooner, rather than later, as the overriding feeling here is of safe familiarity.

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