Mythos - Concrete City. 1979 Germany


Mythos - Concrete City. 1979 Venus

CD reissues: 1997 Spalax (France); 1999 Zyx

Mythos, under the direction of Stephan Kaske, were always an odd bird. Never fitting convention, they went on to release a number of albums that do not fit any preconceived notion. Concrete City was the latter of two "normal rock band" albums from Mythos. Kaske couldn't sing to save his life, but yet he continued on cluelessly here, always offsetting that weakness with his brilliant flute and synthesizer play, and having the smarts to employ an excellent guitarist. I can assure you, Concrete City sounds nothing like anything you've heard prior - yet it is familiar all the same. There's symphonic progressive, electronic, NDW, AOR, and hard rock all within the confines here. I find this album more enjoyable now than ever. Not one to win any awards, but well worth your time to give an ohr.

The Zyx CD is clearly taken from vinyl and offers up nothing more than album credits. Not a stellar reissue, though audiophile freaks may appreciate the lack of compression and digital remastering attempts.

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