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miRthkon

RIO/Avant-Prog


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4.10 | 53 ratings | 3 reviews | 35% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2013

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. QXP-13 Space Modulator (3:49)
2. Eat a Bag of DiX (5:08)
3. Hapax Legomena (4:47)
4. Nocturne, op.33 (4:15)
5. The Cascades (6:37)
6. Snack(s) - The Song! (7:12)
7. Osedax (6:16)
8. Mymaridae (6:25)
9. Variety Pack (2:52)
10.Fairies Wear Boots (7:35)

Total Time: 54:54

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Line-up / Musicians

- Wally Scharold / guitars, vocals, keyboards, percussion
- Matt Guggemos / drums
- Travis Andrews / guitar
- Carolyn Walter / piccolo, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax
- Jamison Smeltz / alto sax, baritone sax
- Matt Lebofsky / bass, vocals, keyboards, percussion

Releases information

CD AltrOck ALT-038 (Italy) (September 14, 2013)

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MIRTHKON Snack(s) ratings distribution


4.10
(53 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(35%)
35%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(20%)
20%
Good, but non-essential (27%)
27%
Collectors/fans only (18%)
18%
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)
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MIRTHKON Snack(s) reviews


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Review by Nogbad_The_Bad
COLLABORATOR RIO/Avant/Zeuhl Team
5 stars Four years after bursting onto the scene with their debut, Vehicle, MiRthkon are back with their sophomore release, Snack(S). The band features dual guitars, bass, drums, and dual horn section (saxophones, clarinet, flute). The line up has changed a bit from their debut. Wally, Matt, Carolyn & Jamison remain, adding Travis Andrews on guitar & Matt Lebofsky (also of Secret Chiefs 3 & MoeTar) on Bass. Matt guested on the debut.

The album continues the development of the band, they have a darker heavier sound than their debut without losing the quirky zaniness that was a major feature of Vehicle. The 'advertising' clips aren't featured this time round but there's still plenty of fun in the music. They really don't sound like anyone else which is part of the appeal, they have the complexity of a Miriodor with the switch to heaviness coming out of nowhere.

The most recognizable element of their sound is the dual horn section featuring Carolyn Walter & Jamison Smeltz. They play a variety of wind instruments and their interplay is really the bedrock of the bands sound.

A highly enjoyable album closes with a terrific version of Black Sabbath's Fairies Wear Boots. Highly recommended for anyone enjoying the modern resurgence of the Avant/RIO scene.

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Send comments to Nogbad_The_Bad (BETA) | Report this review (#1066728) | Review Permalink
Posted Saturday, October 26, 2013

Review by ProgShine
COLLABORATOR Errors & Omissions and Crossover Team
4 stars This time I'll start this review in a bit different way, I'll start talking about the booklet of the new miRthkon album, Snack(s) (2013). Why? - you would ask. Simply because it's such a unique idea where each page has a kind of sweets (like Mars, Twix, etc) that represents the songs as in a catalogue. Great idea that you'll have to hold in your own hands to get the whole idea!

Now, coming back to the music, miRthkon is an American band that was formed in the late 90's and that plays some really adventurous Avant Prog. The septet is formed by Wally Scharold (vocals, guitars, keyboards and percussion), Matt Guggemos (drums), Travis Andrews (guitars), Carolyn Walter (flutes, clarinet and saxophones), Jamison Smeltz (saxophones) and Matt Lebofsky (bass, vocals, keyboards and percussion).

Snack(s) (2013) was released by the Italian label AltrOck and they once again present us with a high quality album! The whole idea behind Snack(s) (2013) is simple: be crazy! Yes, that's pretty much it! But that's exactly why bands like miRthkon are interesting, they go out of the 'box' of the conventional music but with good ideas and songs that were clearly worked through with a high amount of rehearsal. Not just some Jazz Fusion thing that doesn't go anywhere! The intro 'QXP-13 Space Modulator' (that is a re-recording from their second album) and the crazy lyrical idea for 'Eat A Bag Of Dix' prove my whole point!

While 'Hapax Legomena' is clearly influenced by Weather Report, 'Nocturne, Op.33' is exactly what the name suggests, a classical piece with a modern approach to it! 'The Cascades' is the part of a heavier side of the band with great guitars and a very weird riff! 'Snack(s) ' The Song!' has a great and strange rhythm followed by claps and some really nice vocals that fit the band's sound. Very heavy too!

'Osedax' is calmer than the rest of the album and has the strangest lyrics ever about a female tubeworm! Next two songs, 'Mymaridae' (also a re-recording from their second album) and 'Variety Pack' follow the same path of calmer pieces of 'Osedax' and they have some unusual chords sequences. As the cherry on the cake that is Snack(s) (2013) we have something even more unusual, a version for Black Sabbath's 'Fairies Wear Boots'. As expected this is one of the weirdest versions ever, but also insanely good!

Snack(s) (2013) is a perfect album for those in search of a new and good Avant Prog record! One more excellent (and challenging) delivery from AltrOck Productions! Recommended!

(Originally posted on progshine.net)

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5 stars My first experience with miRthkon was in a small club in Oakland where they performed alongside the strangeness of fellow avant-rockers Free Salamander Exhibit (formerly SGM). For the entirety of miRthkon's set I stared in awe, trying to pick my jaw up off the floor as these Bay Area locals bl ... (read more)

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