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Mithras

Behind the Shadows Lie Madness

Review by Jeremy Seffens

Made in the great spirit of fantasy-like metal, Behind the Shadows Lie Madness transitions the listener into the world of Mithras (Rayner Coss and Leon Macey). Once there, all-out headbanging and moshing is permitted through this duo's heavy lyrics and heavier instrumental work.

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Track by Track Review
The Journey and the Forsaken
This opens the album to ease you into what Mithras is all about. Starting with a new-age intro, an evil fantasy-like overtone overtakes the song before guitars come in, leading into the next track.
To Fall from the Heavens
A guitar/drum loop comes in to plow through the number with heavy-hitting guitar solos.
Under the Three Spheres
With another loop, this track focuses more on the lyrics.
Into Black Holes of Oblivion
This one puts more emphasis on the drums with hyped-up rudimentary licks.
When the Light Fades Away
A guitar/organ duo works through this short cut that is reminiscent of Iron Butterfly.
Behind the Shadows
Beginning with another loop, this one converts from guitar emphasis to drums. Gradually, fantasy-like guitar overtones bleed in, nearly catching you off guard when you notice them.
Awaken Man and Stone
Coming in like a machine gun, this cut provides what any headbanger needs. Utilizing the band's fantasy-like guitar work, they aren't shy to show off what they can do here.
The Twisted Tower
This one starts off with a different tone than the rest of the album. Reminiscing older Metallica, the slower beat progresses before the hard-hitting end.
To Where the Sun Never Leaves
Entering with another fantasy-like intro, this piece features a great tempo to sit back and foot-tap to some massive drum hits. By the end, the foot-tapping turns into full blown headbanging.
The Beacon Beckons
This track starts off rather mellow, sounding like something from a carnival. As the guitar gradually fades in, you get the feeling of Mithras again until it fades back out.
Thrown Upon the Waves
Turning the album back into the ear-bursting ravaging of the senses, this cut leaves the listener in awe of the fearless force shown. An short interlude cuts in halfway through, but the song comes back full-force.
Into the Unknown
As the disc concludes, this composition sounds as though made to help one lunge back into reality with the twisting of sound.
 
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