I have this affinity for exploring different countries for \m/etal bands. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I don’t really like many in the States. It’s just a personal taste. The radio is no good as they play the popular crap or classic rock that you get really tired of. Through social media and word of mouth, I find artists I like from all over the world: Sweden, Finland, Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, Belgium and certainly not least, Brazil. I’ve had my eye on a particular group from Rio de Janeiro for a couple of years now. Like just about every region of the globe, bands seem to have a certain “je ne sais quoi” and Brazilian \m/etal bands are no exception.
MELYRA put out their first EP Catch Me If You Can in 2014. From the beginning I knew they were the real thing. You could hear the quality and concern they had for their music. For several very long years, yours truly has been waiting, waiting, and waiting some more for something, anything from them. Well, the dormant \m/olten \m/etal volcano of Nova Iguacu is about to erupt not just in Rio de Janeiro, but onto the world. Due out October 31 on their independent label, Saving You From Reality is about to melt your soul into ash.
Formed in 2012, MELYRA currently is: Veronica Vox (vocals), Fernanda Schenker and Roberta Tesch (guitars) and Helena Accioly (bass). Ana de Ferreira has the drum credit and lyrics on the album, but recently left to pursue other musical interests. Wasting no time is “My Delirium” which introduces heavy rhythm guitar, Vox’s strong vocals, and some interspersed death growls. A very tasty dual guitar solo between Schenker and Tesch will impress the fuck out of ya. MELYRA welcomes us to their musical world with “Fantasy”. Originally written in 2014, they were not happy with it so they worked on it until ready and here ‘tis. Great decision!
It’s no secret that IRON MAIDEN has a big impact and you hear much of that influence in many songs. “Dead Light” combines that connection to describe that we go down paths that sometimes we don’t want to be on. To me, when this song first came out, this might be a defining moment for Brazil; what CRUCIFIED BARBARA did for Sweden. In fourth position is “Eye of the Maze”. Written by Tesch about 10 years prior, they worked to get itwhere they wanted it to be. De Ferreira has a great drum track and lays down a great beat. The more I listen to this one, the more things I hear. Especially impressive are synced guitar with double bass kicks in numerous places. Big smile emoji.
Beginning with a fast paced flare, “Lucid Dream” rocks your senses with great harmony and guitar. “What if life was just a dream, and death wakes you up?” is a great lyric to base the song from. Definitely one of my favorites, “Faded” is next. A straightforward good rocking song with harmony that rivals the infamous ROCK GODDESS. Strong lyrics about those confusing moments in life when you don’t know which way to turn. With strong acapella vocals to start, “Ashes to Ashes” is the most mellow of all the tunes on the album (not really THAT mellow). An older song, the crew resurrected it with new life after Vox began working with it.
Next, a bit of a macabre tune enhanced with growls to bring home a mood, “Zizi” might be your worst nightmare. Is she live or dead? As described by the band, sometimes we become toxic to ourselves and Accioly’s bass and Vox start things off with “Poison of Myself”. Our inner demon of blackness sometimes screams at us, pointing that condemning finger. Suddenly, an explosion of guitars and skins fill your mind and ends the way it began. Finishing off this album is “Run & Burn”. If there is any time that Vox sounds very similar to MELYRA’s original vocalist (who I also loved), it would be this one. It’s a great way to finish up.
MELYRA is obsessive about getting their music right. I think it is very evident on this album. Four years is a long time to get something as close to perfect, but it was definitely worth the wait. I think the fans will love it and they will make some new ones as well. Well done ladies. Salude’
STANDOUT TRACKS: ALL OF THEM
-MARK “\M/ETAL \M/ESSIAH” EHRLICH