The band Elderoth is essentially founder, guitarist, and composer Collin McGee who is some what of a musical prodigy having self-taught his skills. Mystic is his second effort, mostly an album of progressive power metal centered around his guitar work.
After the first spin of Mystic, my immediate reaction was that this music, these arrangements, are quite dense. Mostly this comes from the riffage and orchestration. You could further define the compositions as being either, in the worst sense, busy and cluttered, or in the best sense, complex and intriguing. It's a knotty conundrum. Eventually, I think it will come down to the each listener's subjective experience.
My landing spot was somewhere in the middle. For instance, My Future, Falling Star, and Far In The Sea, among others seemed more busy, exercises in ornate abstraction. Actually, when listening to Falling Star, I thought there were two different songs playing at one time. Conversely, songs like Black and Blue or In A Dream, to my ears, seemed more focused, the arrangement natural and rhythmic. But the most direct and accessible composition was the final song, the instrumental Always Remember, perhaps because it seemed to have less moving parts. My final thought, in regard to the overall sound, was how would this ever translate to a live setting? With great difficulty, I suspect. Call it ambitious and bombastic, Elderoth's Mystic will defintely give you some music to ponder.
Call it ambitious and bombastic, Elderoth's Mystic will defintely give you some music to ponder.
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