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4 stars Their first and best.One of the best releases on the Ohr label.Music is psychedelic underground,slightly similar with Hawkwind,but with the experimental moves which are always common for records on the Ohr label.Typically German Kraut-touch too!
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Posted Tuesday, February 3, 2004 | Review Permalink
Honorary Collaborator
4 stars An outstanding first album by the very underground Mythos. Released at the beginning of the 70s, this self title album is in the direct line of the musical inspiration developed in the early years of german krautrock scene for the mythic OHR label. This is a complex german rock music featuring strange vocals, folk & spacey-electronic arrengements to create a very dreamy and mysterious musical universe... It can aslo be a great introduction to the most obscure side of Krautrock.
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Posted Thursday, April 8, 2004 | Review Permalink
4 stars The debut album by Germany's MYTHOS is a pure unadulterated classic space-prog album draped over 5 lush tracks. There are truly many cosmic charms to this space bracelet with some wild nubulas , space vibes and jams. Vocals are slightly distorted when used and somewhat modulated giving the listen a real outer worldly space feel. MYTHOS are clearly lost somewhere in the COSMIC JOKERS / ASH RA TEMPEL camp with dreamy dreamy psych/folk/prog landscapes. MYTHOS manage to create some pretty heavenly space atmospheres with some fantastic synthesizer, flute, spacey guitar and mellotron work throughout. For me this album ranks as a complete album and one of my personal favs from the space-prog category. A definite piece of creative vinyl.
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Posted Saturday, November 20, 2004 | Review Permalink
Carl floyd fan
3 stars This is a pretty good krautrock cd with folk and space touches. Its not fantastic when you think of Can, ART, Faust and some of the better known krautrock acts, but its a good cd to check out for seasoned prog listeners looking for second teir KR bands. 3.25 stars
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Posted Friday, May 27, 2005 | Review Permalink
5 stars This my first review to progarchives. I choose Mythos, because thier first album is one of the greatest krautrock lp ever. Everything is in it's right place. The atmospheric production, good vocals and cool numbers. First track sounds like Camel (the flute...), the next like polish ethno/folk band called Osjan (or Ossian). But the best are the last two tracks: Encyclopedia Terrae part1&2. A great musical journey with some fine lyrics at the end. A must for prog fans who choose atmosphere over symphonic madness:)
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Posted Wednesday, December 20, 2006 | Review Permalink
4 stars Here is my review of Mythos...''Mythoett''(3:02)is a mellow song,with flute,bass,and drum work,reminding me of a mellow rock JETHRO TULL.''Oriental Journey''(8'16)features congo's,flute,sitar,and spacey sounds.''Heroes Death''(9'47)is a psychadelic rock song,along the lines of late 60's PINK FLOYD,and mellows down some at about 5 minutes into the song.''Encyclopedia Terra Part 1(10'17)is another song that reminds of late 60's Pink Floyd,with space sounds.''Encyclopedia Terra Part 2''(7'24)has some spacey sounds during the first minute,then the music comes in for the next 3.5 minutes.The last 3 minutes of the song,the singer tells a story of some sort.As with ''Encyclopedia Terra 1'',this is also a bit mellow,but not too much.Out of 5 stars,I give this 3.7.If you are looking for a prog rock on a heavier side,you may be dissapointed.I cannot say that i dislike this,though.
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Posted Thursday, February 15, 2007 | Review Permalink
Mellotron Storm
4 stars Many words come to mind when listening to this fantastic album, like pastoral, spacey, atmospheric, trippy, eastern, dreamy, cosmic, dark and for one song heavy. Again this was recommended to me by Tom Ozric who not only knows his Krautrock, but is passionate about it too.Thanks Tom.

"Mythoett" is a pastoral flute led song. Light drums and bass help out. The tempo picks up early. It calms back down 2 minutes in before the tempo picks back up again. "Oriental Journey" is very eastern sounding with percussion to open and guitar joining in quickly. Distant sounding vocals are joined by the sitar to round out the sound. It becomes spacey after 3 minutes. Flute and bass 4 1/2 minutes in. Vocals and sitar are back 7 minutes in. "Hero's Death" opens with spacey sounds that build. Guitar and bass take over with drums in tow. Processed vocals 2 1/2 minutes in as the song gets dark and heavy. Almost BLACK SABBATH-like ! Amazing sound on this one. Love the psychedelic guitar 4 1/2 minutes in. Mellotron flows in a minute later. The tempo starts to pick back up a minute after that. More great guitar is followed by a calm and psychedelic guitar. Nice. Awesome tune. "Encyclopedia Terra Part 1" opens with the sounds of seagulls. Bass and drum sounds follow in an atmospheric and spacey soundscape. The sound builds after 3 minutes. Guitar before 4 minutes as it starts to get intense. The melody stops after 7 minutes as different experimental sounds come and go. It sounds like a battle in the air between fighter jets, like a war is going on before 9 minutes.

"Encyclopedia Terra Part 2" opens with birds chirping as a bell is sounding over and over. The organ is solemn as drums then bass join in as the sound builds. Guitar 2 1/2 minutes sounds great. Incredible sound a minute later with some excellent drumming. Mellotron before 4 1/2 minutes as the song then changes and a story is told with spoken words. It's a story about a man who invents a machine that allows him to sleep in it indefinitely until the machine wakes him up. His reason for doing this is the hope of coming back to a world with no violence and war. After the machine wakes him up the first time(after a hundred years) all has changed except that men are still at war with one another. So he goes back to sleep and returns after a hundred years again. This goes on 32 more times until when he returns from sleep that final time all life on earth is ended. Man has destroyed himself and all life. He then realizes that only death can bring him to the place he is looking for. A cool and very well told story.

A solid 4 stars and recommended to all Krautrock fans out there.

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Posted Tuesday, May 20, 2008 | Review Permalink
Eetu Pellonpaa
Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Mythos creates music which is similarly sincere surreal underground rock and also well crafted, visionary tonal poetry. It is based on beautiful melodies, hypnotically flowing compositions and slightly mantra-oriented repetitive treatments. This basis is enriched with a diverse array of psychedelic elements, forming solid and pleasantly raw acid rock sound. Leanings towards pastoral symphonic and folk styles are borne from both usage of flute and occasional mellotrons, bringing Rufus Zuphall as an association from the similarity of sound. The dramatic feeling is similar to the emotional impact of romantic-era classical music, though the complexities of compositional arrangements are not comparable. The cosmic feeling is produced with minimal deployment of electronic synthesizers or devices, concluding as a pleasant analogue vintage experience. Lyrics are in English, and the vocals might be considered as a potential weak point in the performance quality - A factor which didn't ruin my listening experience however. The message focuses to pacifistic and conventional hippie themes.

The discovery of this fine group deepened my awareness and appreciation of early 70's German krautrock scene even more. For comparison of other artists of same era I have so far heard, I would mention warm-toned and down-to-earth focused krautrock groups Necronomicon (stinging acid guitars and pathos), and Gäa (spiritual themes and bluesy jazz rock dimension). I'll have to hunt down the second album of this group also for listening, as I have hopes of good underground art focused to it now on basis of listening this one, which I found as an affordable vinyl reissue.

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Posted Thursday, July 22, 2010 | Review Permalink
5 stars Alongside "Hölderlin's Traum", the debut of Hölderlin, and "Saat", the second album of Emtidi, the debut of Mythos is one of the three great progressive folk albums released in Germany in 1972. The album opens with "Mythoett", a beautiful cover of Händel's "Feuerwerksmusik" with Stephan Kaske on the flute. "Oriental Journey" and "Hero's Death" present an eastern psychedelic atmosphere with an inspired mix of sitar and mellotron with acoustic guitars or a more bluesy electric touch (in "Hero's Death"). In my opinion, "Encyclopedia Terra" is the highlight of the album. In Part I all instruments imitate war sounds (e.g. sirens, machine guns, planes) and the narration in the end is obviously inspired by H.G. Wells' novel "The Time Machine". The dramatic and strongly accented vocals of Stephan Kaske and the spacey arrangements are really unique. This is a true Krautrock classic from one of the best Berlin bands in the 70's.
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Posted Friday, September 17, 2010 | Review Permalink
Prog Metal Team
3 stars Mythos is a space-rock gem from the Berlin Kraut scene. The sound is built with equal parts of 60s Pink Floyd, early Hawkwind and ethnic influences. The production isn't always up to snuff but the creative ideas were surely running wild.

Mythoett is a surprising opener, for a Kraut album at least. It's a very melodious and gentle classic theme for flutes, bass guitar and drums. It reminds very much of Jethro Tull's Bourrée. It's light-years apart from the psychedelic splendor that follows on Oriental Journey. Indian percussion and sitar create the Oriental atmosphere and strong emotional vocals make it into an outstanding track.

Hero's Death is very indebted to Pink Floyd, getting the clashing cymbals from Set the Controls / Saucerful of Secrets, and the main riff from Gilmour's Narrow Way pt II. In true Black Sabbath style, the plaintive vocals sing along with the main riff. The production puts the drums very much to the background which makes everything sound very subdued and slightly chaotic. Only the volume knob offers a way around this.

The second half of the album consists of fine instrumental space-rock, fit for Floyd Hawkwind and Ash Ra Temple fans.There's some environmental spoken word at the end explaining how man is destroying the earth. It sounds a bit preachy and besides, I'm not one who needs to be further convinced we're a destructive bunch. Luckily we have such fine music to make us forget all doom and gloom.

Nice kraut/space-rock gem not to be missed for fans of early Floyd, Hawkwind and Ash Ra Tempel.

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Posted Monday, November 29, 2010 | Review Permalink
4 stars A flute heavy but mostly enjoyable album from one of a myriad of similar Krautrock bands from this time.

If you can withstand the Stephan Kaske throaty, whiny and cod English vocals you're going to love this album. Many critics of Mythos have often criticised the singing capacity of Herr Kaske, somewhat unfairly in my opinion. Sure, he's no Luciano Pavarotti, but who was back then?

They sounded so pumped full of illicit substances I'm sure they couldn't have cared less.

'Hero's Death' has some pretty gruesome and ugly raw electric guitar which thankfully peters out into a maelstrom of sounds effects and heavily treated instruments.

I took this cd to New Zealand (from Scotland) and played it walking up a mountain in Queensland and quite frankly, at the time it gave me the heebie-jeebies towards the end. I guess it was because I was so far from home.

What makes this album special are the tremendous and genuinely disturbing tracks 'Encyclopedia Terra' where 'Mythos ' have miraculously travelled hundreds of years into the future to discover that all life on earth has been made extinct due to a nuclear war in the distant past. Kaske's, lifeless zombie monologue makes me really believe in what he's saying!

I can't find it within myself to give this a lower rating than 4 stars, though it probably deserves it. I love this album for it's last 20 minutes in which it takes a major upswing and improves dramatically from the first half, sounding very similar to side three of Floyd's 'The Wall' in parts.

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Posted Friday, December 16, 2011 | Review Permalink
Honorary Collaborator
5 stars Among the finest Kraut-Rock bands of the 70's, Berlin-based Mythos were established in 1969 by the trio of multi-instrumentalist/singer Stephan Kaske, bassist Harald Weisse and drummer Thomas Hildebrand.A huge amount of gigs would follow but 1971 was definitely The Year for Mythos as they played in the legendary Langelsheim Festival (nicknamed The German Woodstock) and were soon signed by Ohr Label.The next year their self-titled debut sees the light.

The album kicks off with the delicate short Symphonic Rock instrumental ''Mythoett'', based on Kaske's excellent flute work and not being far from the sound of JETHRO TULL around the time.What follows is a great unique experience entitled ''Oriental journey'', a weird but very personal combination of Kraut and Ethnic music with sitar, haunting distorted vocals, trippy flutes, and cosmic synths.A great piece of music.''Hero's Death'' is another beautiful experience of Hard/Kraut-Rock with a poweful rhythm section, the cosmic atmosphere is again present, but what actually leads the track is the dynamic electric guitars of Kaske along with his flutes and mellotron.The entire flipside of the original LP is dedicated to the 17- min. two-part epic ''Encyclopedia Terrae''.After a slow start comes this high-class electric riffing and pounding rhythm section, which can blow anybody's mind with its masterful inspiration to lead through effects to the second part of the composition, where a soft instrumental section with dreamy organ and smooth guitar playing builds into a dramatic finale with electric solo and great mellotron, eventually closed by Kaske's narration about a man and his desperate, hopeless need of living in peace (just read these beautiful lyrics) with synths on the background.What a brilliant inspiration!

Mythos debut is actually what true Kraut-Rock is all about.Weird but inspiring, cosmic but delicate, hard but also smooth musicianship of the highest level.The best Kraut-Rock release ever?Possibly.A milestone in both Kraut- and Progressive Rock music, which comes extremely highly recommended...4.5 stars upgraded to the maximum rating.

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Posted Tuesday, February 7, 2012 | Review Permalink
3 stars Mythos was a band that never managed to fully crack the Cosmic Egg, but then again they weren't really trying very hard. The group in its prime released only two studio albums, neither one achieving the timeless quality of other Krautrock classics, and with only multi-instrumentalist Stephan Kaske surviving the complete overhaul of personnel between them.

But they had a certain flat-footed charm not uncommon among second-division Krautrock bands. And, contrary to its trippy amateur cover art, their debut album opens with an unexpected classical flute piece, borrowed from Handel and reminiscent of JETHRO TULL's "Bourée". Hardly kosmische material, but like so many other musical and spiritual quests of that era the journey then turned eastward for inspiration, adding sitars, tabla-like percussion, and more than enough studio echo to hide the sometimes painfully insecure vocals.

The boilerplate space jamming of "Hero's Death" is clumsy but fun, especially when Stephan Kaske's voice begins cracking like a teenager on the brink of puberty. And then there's the two-part "Encyclopedia Terra", filling all of Side Two on the original vinyl with yet another Saucerful of the same Floydian Secrets that influenced so much of the Krautrock scene, but showing a somewhat tighter conceptual focus than other kindred freakouts.

The eighteen-minute long track is quite ambitious in a superficial sort of way, although the apocalyptic sound effects can be cheesy at times: synthesized air raid sirens and detonations, followed by an armistice of bird song and a lone, tolling bell. All of which leads to the song's miraculous aftermath: a haunting narration at the end of the world, related in world-weary Germanic English. These last few minutes of the album are maybe the highlight of the entire Mythos discography, revealing a stark pessimism far ahead of the trite Hair Peace, Bed Peace mentality of the time, and easily bumping my own rating of the album up a notch.

At their intermittent best Mythos was not unlike a de-clawed HAWKWIND, or maybe early PINK FLOYD without the architectural education (all the band members were high school dropouts). In other words, hardly an essential experience, but certainly worth another look to Krautrock completists.

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Posted Sunday, October 21, 2012 | Review Permalink
Prog-Folk Team
3 stars Freely inspired by the already established Krautrock scene at the time and early PINK FLOYD, MYTHOS' debut possesses the type of naivete of spirit that seems frozen in time to those who remember it, those who were alive then but cannot remember it (among whom one might even count the group members), and those raised in the intervening years. It is certainly not that humanity was somehow more innocent then, but more that we are so much more jaded now. Even musically, the listeners' sense of following the artists on a journey for which the origin and destination are both wholly irrelevant is profound and, yes, endearing. Would that the journey itself at least possess a few signposts to help us determine if it's a journey worth taking at all!

All of the tracks here are listenable in the main, inclusive of the disjointed almost atonal vocal sections smattering the largely wordless backdrop, but some dutiful editing would improve the overall sense of progress. The flutes of the opening cut and the sedate movements of "Oriental Journey" contrast with the aggression of "Hero's Death" and "Encyclopedia Terra", which too vacillate from tranquility to pure tedium. It's neither as hypnotic as it ought to be nor as imposing as it would like to be, and I don't feel "saved" by the Christian pessimism of the last few minutes either, although I admit that the narrative and background are entirely sumptuous.

There is only one way to go with this - as the mythological heroes of Ancient Greece, to the middle ground, not so low as to collide with the earth shackled, and not so high as to scorch one's wings, because neither comes close to happening at any point during this trip.

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Posted Sunday, October 21, 2012 | Review Permalink
2 stars Mythos - st (1972)

The German progressive scene of the early seventies had it all; free experimentation and seemingly very little knowlegde about 'what music's supposed to be', in contrast with the English progressive scene that was way more exploratory and intellectual. The krautrock scene has a lot of interesting bands, but there's also a group of relatively untalented bands that was lifted by the zeitgeist and in my huble opinion Mythos is one of them.

Mythos plays spacerock with folk en heavy rock influences in a minimalistic three musicians setting. Full of reverbs and rythm and blues parts. The opening track is a rock interpretation of a classical peace with the flute as main instrument, 'Oriental Journey' has folk and space moments whereas 'Hero's Death' has heavy rock passages. On all tracks the vocals are false (though others would prefer the relatively artistic sounding 'atonal'), it hurts my musical brain. The second side is filled with minimalistic spacerock themes and some sounds of nature. During the ending section we get to hear a rather blunt science fiction story in spoken work, about a timetraveller who finds humanity is doomed in the long end.

Conclusion. This is an amateuristic but sometimes enjoyable spacerock record that I can only recommend to hardcore space- and krautcollectors and people who like obscure music for the sake of it (which is fine by the way). Two stars.

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Posted Wednesday, December 19, 2012 | Review Permalink
Tarcisio Moura
2 stars A friend borrowed me this CD; the debut album of this obscure Berlin based band from the beginning of the 70´s. I´ve got to admit that this trio of guys were a skillful bunch, specially Stephan Kaske who could handle guitars, flute, zither and keyboards with apparently ease, and the ohter two were not far behind.

Their music is quite varied going from pastoral to heavy rock to electronic and so far. It would be great if they were put together, but actually those styles are featured on each track. So Mythoett is the pastoral bit, with flutes reminding me of Jethro Tull´s Bourée. Hero´s Death is heavy rock, while Oriental Journey is filled with sitars and (surprise!) eastern rhythms. Vocals are all electronic processed and they made me think of Eloy around the time of their Floating period, only even more on the fake side of it.

The second side of the original LP is more of experimental music, with only two trakcs, the instrumental Encyclopedia Terra part 1 being the most interesting, mixing elements of ambient/space rock/electronic with various sound effects. The second track has a long spoken story and both the theme and the music around it dated badly.

In the end I found this CD to be more promising than anything else. Clearly they were still green on the songwriting department. But since they proved to be capable musicians I guess I´ll look for their follow ups to see how they developed from here. As it is, this disc is clearly for the krautrock fans and collectors only.

Rating: 2.5 stars. .

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Posted Monday, July 21, 2014 | Review Permalink
Honorary Collaborator
2 stars Fairly spaced-out Krautpsych with lots of moaning and ethnocentric nonsense, the Mythos debut is a chore to listen to. But when has that ever stopped progheads from owning something with such neat-o cover art and cool band name? I suppose in '72 there were just enough altered states to make this a keeper, but in the light of the post-drug wake up call, it's a tidy forty minutes of lost souls, unwashed hair, the staggering odor of patchouli, and a hole where ten bucks used to be. This is what "stoner rock" was before it became what it is, and for that it deserves some credit. A drop.
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Posted Friday, January 22, 2016 | Review Permalink

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