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Myon - Ghost in Paradise - 2005 - Low Frequency Records

Track Listing

1. Dead of the Dawn
2. Tournament
3. The Quest
4. In Me
5. Heart of Hollywood
6. Follow the Sign
7. Nostradamus
8. Mary Celeste
9. Avenue
10. Ancient Rites
Japan bonus track Rest in Peace (steel flower)
In case you were wondering what ever happened to Joey Tempest of Europe, my guess is after singing his last rendition of The Final Countdown, he migrated to Finland and was recruited by the band Myon as their new lead singer....now he calls himself Jukka Nummi. Along with Mika Pohjola, Risto Silenius, Keizo Koluikko and Matti Torro, Nummi heads up the Finnish answer to monotonous, melodic metal as he sings in the same register, a falsetto, ear canal piercing range--repeatedly ten times. The titles and tempos of the songs may change but Nummi is able to maintain the same pitch and tone causing the songs to sound repetitive. While Nummi’s vocalization is, in theory, “good”, a little of it goes a long way.

According to their website, which as a sidebar, seems to be where all of their creativity is going, “Myon are from the city of Oulu and were founded in 1995. After a few years of composing and rehearsing, Myon released their highly praised debut album “Heavens Garden” in 1998. The band toured in Finland to get more recognition and the result was the recording of the second album “Ghost in Paradise” (2002). The real result? Melt a Stryper and an Yngwie Malmstein cd, and you'll get the gist of what "Ghost in Paradise" sounds like. Technically, the musicianship is there, but the tracks sound too reminiscent of 90’s progressive metal, suggesting the band locked in on their sound eleven years ago and aren’t crafted with good hooks. The one redeeming factor is Matti Torro who manages to emerge from the cd with some impressive drum fills (1 min 57secs into track two to be precise) and the cd showcases his skilled drumming overall. Lastly, according to the band, “The new album “Slideshow” is a very fresh approach to the ever-changing face of rock music. The album has a clear and deep sound with a very professional touch and amazingly catchy songs”. Let’s hope they make good on their promise.


--Strutter 12.31.06
Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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