Myrah – My Deliverance

Myrah
My Deliverance
Released: September 2012
Gothic Metal/Melodic Metal
Released via Inverse Records

‘My Deliverance’ is the second album from the Swedish gothic metal band Myrah. It is the follow up to their 2010 debut ‘Six Feet Down’ and has been compared to the likes of Sentenced and Amorphis.

Aside from the children’s music-box style ‘Intro’ the majority album bears a fairly strong resemblance to the Paradise Lost with hints of Katatonia and current Amorphis. Take ‘Illusions’ for instance, guitar melodies and overall vocal style have clearly been inspired by the aforementioned bands. Luckily for Myrah, I happen to like most of the bands that have influenced them. Then there’s the melancholic tracks like the aptly named ‘Sorrow & Tears’ where the keyboards help to maintain the sombre atmosphere.

What caught my attention the most was the melodic voice of the singer and how well it works with the band’s depressing lyrics particularly on the title track ‘My Deliverance’ and ‘As Memories Fade Away’. I’m guessing that’s where the Sentenced comparison stems from since Myrah’s overall style is much softer than that of the pioneers of ‘Finnish funeral metal’ – mostly due to the keyboards. There’s also a touch My Dying Bride-esque gothic doom metal in here. Then again it’s not all slow and keyboard centered; as tracks like ‘A New Dawn’ show that the guitar riffs also have a part in Myrah’s sound providing a contrast to the melodic vocals.

4/5 – An excellent example of melancholic gothic metal. I recommend this to fans of Amorphis, Paradise Lost and Sentenced.

Iza Raittila

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