80s Classic for September 2002
1. I've Got the Power
2. Freeway blues
3. She's no lover
5. Love killer
6. Light up the sky
7. Cold blooded
9. Double dealer
10. Gone with the wind
|More Releases by Mydra:
Mydra II (1990/2002)
|Related Releases (sound):
Dalton - Injection (1989)
Dalton - The Race is On (1987)
|I've often lamented over the many bands that
had so much potential but slipped right between the cracks despite their quality material
and top notch performances, delivered on a sliver platter to the public but landed
straight in the dumpster. Britian and the Americas were the main mining places for rock
talent through the 80s (and continue so today) and perhaps these foriegn outfits just
didn't have the cash backing to push their way across the ocean and find a place on
playlists on our local radio stations. More tragic things have happened, true, but its a
shame that such wonderful music was virtually unheard of except by the most avid
collectors. Hamburg, Germany's Mydra is just another example of a band that could have
been big, but were victims of record labels, location and lack of publicity. If it isn't
heard on radio or seen on tv, then to the vast majority of the sheep-ish public, it simply
doesn't exist. Thus was Mydra's downfall. America and Japan didn't even get a chance to
make or break the cd, so the ol song and dance of what could have been echos through the
album as a ghost of yesterday.
Their debut was also sadly the last time anyone heard from the band. Unleashed in 1988, right in the midst of the metal crazed world, it was also barely even glanced at before being discarded. It did not exactly enjoy a large printing in the first place, thus sparking the story that has repeated itself tenfold in the past few years. Melodic fans started discovering these gems by word of mouth and a new form of communication known as the internet, and suddenly everyone wanted a piece of this now highly touted 'classic'. Maybe if these latecomers had been all over it in the first place when the disc was hot and new, we would have heard alot more about Mydra and less about Poison, Britny Fox and their mainstream embraced brethren. As good as radio's glammy darlings were, their musical stuff just wasn't measuring up to unknown acts that were swept under the rug such as Mydra. While this lone and lonely debut was the only thing released for over a decade, a second album was recorded in 1990 but sat in the vaults until just recently, where it was made available just this summer (2002).
But is the music any good? Yes it most certainly is, but perhaps not as lofty as the pricetags that have been attached to it in online auctions across the net and back again. But that shouldn't deter AOR enthusiasts, it definitely doesn't mean that it is NO good, in fact, some of it is quite delictable hard rock in various forms, the best being that gooey sweet Scandinavian aftertaste. Musically they have been compared to a mixture of Melidian and Dalton. Vocalist Andre Martelli (ex Rampage) was along for the ride, but left shortly afterwards due to musical differences. His midrange is extremely pleasant, masculine without being too gravelly (although the gritty howls are coaxed up for select tracks) and overall is just a nice set of pipes. Bassist Jan S. Eckert will be familiar to power metal fans, he's now a regular staple in another German based band, the ever popular Iron Saviour.
"I've Got the Power"
Rumors have circulated of the band re-releasing this sometime in the future for the benefit of those that missed out on it the first time through since it never even made it to US or Far East shores. Its definitely worth a second look for hot shot material such as the easy Scandi influenced AOR of "Double Dealer", the haunting atmosphere of "She's No Lover", the sweeping "Gone With the Wind" and the anthemic opening track, not to mention that 'legend' cult status that hangs over the proceedings like a spirit from the past. For those without deep pockets or lack of patience, there's always "Mydra II", a worthy successor.