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Some friend told me about RING OF MYTH a few years ago as the new YES, well I had to give them a chance so I got "Unbound", after listening it repeated times I believed my friend was on drugs or wishing to recapture his lost youth because I wasn't able find any connection at all (In that album).

"RING OF MYTH" is a good Art Rock USA band that evolved into Symphonic after 16 years from their formation but still blend many sounds and elements from different genres, mainly Jazz/Fusion and Hard Rock.

The band was born in 1990 when keyboardist Danny Florez placed an add in a magazine trying to recruit members for a new band, the point is that the guy had no idea what style he wanted to perform, but soon George Picado who played guitar replied to the add and the guys seemed to complement very well.

The next step was to search for a drummer and placed another add, so Scott Raider joined them, according to the website the audition included music from THE BEATLES, THE POLICE, JIMMY HENDRIX and CREAM (Everything except Prog) so they decided to recruit him and search for a band name, so they decided for CATFISH (in reference to the Hendrix song Catfish Blues) and they started to work n parties and small venues as a cover band.

But Scott was studying for music engineer so after they changed the name for the definitive RING OF MYTH and three years of touring as a cover band, Scott leaves them and again they pace an add in a newspaper which leads to the recruit of Rick Stricker, with whom they release the first album "Unbound" (1996) with "Kinesis" after apparently having received calls from Wddie Offord and Magna Carta.

"Unbound" is more focused in Hard Rock and Jazz but with some Prog elements, to be honest it's a good album to be listened once in a while but not to be played very often because it's not really a 100% Prog album and is kind of simple and repetitive.

After the release of "Unbound" Florez and Picado wanted to make change path towards more experimental and cacophonic sound that caused the departure of Rick Stricker so their old partner Scott Raider comes to the rescue and not only joins as drummer but also works in the production of their new release "Weeds" in the year 2005 with many more YES elements but also a strong connection with King Crimson, a big leap from their simple debut, this is the reason why they should stay in Symphonic instead of being moved to Art Rock..

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 Ring of Myth by RING OF MYTH album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.00 | 13 ratings

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Ring Of Myth Symphonic Prog

Review by J-Man
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3 stars In 2005, Ring of Myth released Weeds to much critical acclaim in the prog rock community. Fast-forward six years and the band have now released a self-titled effort with a somewhat different approach. While Weeds was dominated by progressive rock epics, Ring of Myth shows the band honing in on shorter pop-prog songs while still maintaining the level of instrumental prowess and memorability that made them known. This isn't the most original or memorable prog album you'll hear in 2011, but it certainly possesses enough accolades to make it worth a listen for many symphonic prog fans.

Ring of Myth plays a style of symphonic progressive rock with nods in the direction of Yes, Starcastle, and Spock's Beard. I also hear a bit of an influence from the Swedish prog rock scene, particularly from acts like Agents of Mercy and Kaipa. Calling Ring of Myth a terribly unique band would be misleading, but they deliver their style in a professional and confident manner. The guitar playing is usually the highlight - songs like "Far Away" feature some truly excellent acoustic guitar work! Vocal harmonies are also an integral part of Ring of Myth's music, and the vocal department as a whole is impressive. This is a professional and talented act, and I have a great respect for them as musicians. One thing that may come as a bit of a surprise to some are the length of the songs on Ring of Myth - only one track ("Return") reaches over the 6 minute mark. My only significant gripe about this entire release is that it isn't quite original or spectacular enough to really stand out in the modern prog rock world. It's not a bad album at all (it's quite good, actually), but there are undoubtedly other progressive rock albums to seek out in 2011 before this one.

As you've probably noticed, I think Ring of Myth is a good, but not outstanding, prog rock album. There's better out there (just check out Magic Pie's 2011 offering!), but you could certainly do worse as well. I'll give Ring of Myth's third album a solid 3 stars and a warm recommendation. People who've enjoyed Ring of Myth's previous albums will want to check this out, as well as fans of symphonic prog that isn't too demanding. Assuming that we won't have to wait six years before their next album, I have high hopes for what this band has next up their sleeve.

 Weeds  by RING OF MYTH album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.00 | 13 ratings

Ring Of Myth Symphonic Prog

Review by ZowieZiggy
Prog Reviewer

3 stars I was not really impressed with their debut album (to say the least). I rated it with two stars (it was one of my first review on this site, almost three years ago).

This album doesn't start too bad, with a fully "Yes" oriented "Offering". Quite decent actually, with an excellent bass play from Flores. It doesn't sound original, but it is nicely performed and the instrumental parts are crafted. Vocals are just average in their style.

"Into Phase" is more on the "Genesis" side. Creativity is of course not the characteristic from "Ring Of Myth". Again this song features lots of elements that would make turn more than one purists in their graves. But the mix of influences (you can add again "Yes" and even some Crimson here to the afore mentioned one) is not too bad. Vocals though are weak.

The very short "Plight" is one of the most complex item from this offering. Jazzy, eclectic and wild: the influence again is instantly recognizable (KC). The complex drumming and great bass play are just superb. A (short) highlight.

It's a pity that the album is so long (almost sixty-five minutes), they could have make it shorter and cut "Drone" from this. At this time, it doesn't sound funny anymore?

For a change, we'll get some Gabriel-esque type of vocals during the longest track from "Weeds". The loop has been looped, I guess. Only vocals la Greg Lake are missing?Anyway, "Blue Stern" is not a bad song per se, but the emulation for this band to evoke giants is quite reductive. But there is probably an audience for this?

This is a long exercise to review this lengthy album; and it is not often enjoyable ("Soft Disguise"). There are still some interesting tracks though: like the eclectic "Drowning In Fire". The fact that this song is fully instrumental plays indeed in its favour. Fully Crimsonesque, even if some nervous violin play make their appearance during the closing section.

Same comments apply to "Half Wing": complex, scary, heavy, and instrumental for most of it (some forty seconds of sung part only, thank god!. The band at his best. Close to jazz- fusion even.

I will be generous and rate this album with three stars.

 Unbound by RING OF MYTH album cover Studio Album, 1996
2.25 | 12 ratings

Ring Of Myth Symphonic Prog

Review by ZowieZiggy
Prog Reviewer

2 stars Although at a first listen, some parts do sound like Yes, they do not of course have the caliber of the masters. Nice vocal harmonies, average musicianship are not enough to make this album a memorable one.

It is not easy to listen the whole of it in a row (not enough good moments that would push you to do so). It also sounds too much the same. "Liquid Dream Cascade" has a "spacey" mood ( la Land's End). "Only a Dream" is probaly the worst track of this work : starts with mellow vocals and ends up into an incredible guitar cacophony.

Intro for "Messenger" is stolen to "Heart of theSunrise" but it is still the best track here.

Not really an essential album as you may understand. Just a curiosity. Two stars.

 Unbound by RING OF MYTH album cover Studio Album, 1996
2.25 | 12 ratings

Ring Of Myth Symphonic Prog

Review by progadicto

2 stars A friend recommended that album. He says "Looks like Yes in some songs"... Well, I got it in my hands and Ring of Myth sounds like a surrealistic Yes after several pounds of beer: repetive melodies, simple harmonies, naif lyrics... a lot of common places with some attempts to make interesting instrumnetal parts with guitar and keyboard solos. After a few minutes you really want to turn off the CD player... An album only for hard- prog collectors...
Thanks to Ivan_Melgar_M for the artist addition.

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