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MIOSIS

Experimental/Post Metal • Sweden


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MIOSIS was founded in Gothenburg, Sweden in the late summer of 2005 consisting of Mikael Mangs Edwardsson (bass), Matt Axelsson (drums), Torin Williams (vocals), Mårten Bergkvist (guitar), and Henrik Von Harten (guitar). The focus of the band is to create music that is both emotional and complex. All the members are fans of melancholic bands like RADIOHEAD and MASSIVE ATTACK, but also heavy and progressive bands like TOOL, MARS VOLTA, and ISIS. With the poetry of drummer Mattias Axelsson they started to create music and found their own sound early in the process.

In 2007, the band released and self produced an EP "Konvolut." They were signed to Lion Music Records and they released their debut album "Albedo Adaption" in 2008.

WHY THIS BAND IS IN THE ARCHIVES:

MIOSIS plays a dark and dynamic blend of progressive rock and metal with influences of TOOL and ISIS but with its own edge and personality. MIOSIS builds songs around a correlation between the instruments and vocals making their musical journey more of a voyage through the sonic spectrum. It's all about creating moods for the somewhat depressive and often self-reflecting poetry of the lyrics and finding a way to create images of the darker corners of the soul, in minds and hearts that are explored, contemplated upon and poured out in interesting, tasteful musical arrangements. They were approved by the Prog Metal Team and are very highly recommended.

(*Bio prepared from Lion Music press kit)

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3.62 | 12 ratings
Albedo Adaption
2009

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Konvolut
2007

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 Albedo Adaption by MIOSIS album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.62 | 12 ratings

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Albedo Adaption
Miosis Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars MIOSIS are a relatively new Swedish band who instrumentally sound very much like TOOL. Not a bad thing in my books although I have read complaints that they sound too much like them. I have to thank Bonnek for this one, he knows my tastes in music too well. I love this album. It's dark and heavy and I like the vocals too.

"State Of Lacuna" sort of builds in stages then it settles back 2 minutes in when the vocals arrive.They're more passionate 4 minutes in. A calm 6 minutes in with bass then drums before the guitars and vocals return. "Once Divine" has this heavy duty intro but it settles when the vocals come in. It kicks back in. Hell ya ! Contrasts continue. Such a good track. Check out the drumming early on "Our Floods". Reserved vocals after 1 1/2 minutes as it settles. It's still powerful though. Just a great sounding tune. Check out the guitar then the bass and drums after 4 1/2 minutes. "Benandanti" is heavy with bass and drums with vocals and guitar over top. Spoken words 3 minutes in and later. Aggressive guitar before 6 minutes. Great song.

"Flow" builds to a TOOL-like soundscape.Vocals 1 1/2 minutes in. Nice fat bass here as usual. Intense is the word after 4 minutes. "The Lucid" is heavy with vocals right away. I like the vocals here a lot. It settles some as the bass stands out and the vocals become more reserved. It's still has this powerful undercurrent. It kicks back in as contrasts continue, although this is mostly kick ass stuff. "Red" is the closer and the longest track at almost 11 1/2 minutes. It kicks in powerfully yet it's mid paced. Synths for the first time too before 1 1/2 minutes. Reserved vocals follow. It keeps building and settling. Killer track ! Synths are back again 10 minutes in.

Nothing less than 4 stars will do for this one. I enjoy it way too much.

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 Albedo Adaption by MIOSIS album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.62 | 12 ratings

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Albedo Adaption
Miosis Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Marty McFly
Special Collaborator Errors and Omissions Team

3 stars Average Experimental/Without experiments metal, this album has both elements here, but this is standard basis for this group. Negative is vocal part, too "same", singing in the same range, with same patterns, underlined by instruments a lot, but undermined by vocalist himself. And yes, sometimes he sounds like Ozzy-copy, but not at all times. Most prominently it's heard in Benandant. And second yes, these northern bands has something in common, this dark desperation, quiet shouting of weirdness, which can simply be just that it's little bit different culture. But it's not as interesting, as Anekdoten is from some reason.

3(+), possible more.

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Miosis Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Epignosis
Special Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

3 stars Miosis is a solid band with a solid debut album. Despite the longer-than-average tracks, I wouldn't exactly consider this progressive music (certainly not experimental / post metal), even though it is occasionally more complex and interesting than a typical rock album. That said, the interplay between the electric guitars and the bass is highly imaginative. The distorted guitars are crisp and never muddy, and the drumming is beyond competent. The vocals are decent, but don't exactly thrill me, as they sound like a weak Ozzy Osbourne. In conclusion, this is a somewhat above-average album that is good while it lasts, but doesn't leave a lasting impression.

"State of Lacuna" Straight from there beginning, there is a quiet intensity. With such subtle urgency, it is easy to expect an impending blast of distortion, but it only becomes moderately heavy, and the vocals are at once powerful and rather pleasant. The instrumentation relies on dynamics rather than aggression, and this makes for a remarkable first tune.

"Once Divine" The band saves the harder metal for the second track- probably a wise move, since it allows the listener to hear another dimension. It isn't nearly as great as the previous track, but it's good.

"Our Floods" This somewhat heavy track sounds like a cross between modern King Crimson and Ozzy Osbourne- not a bad combination, really. The Tool influence is quite clear.

"Benandanti" A creative riff begins this beastly track. It stays generally heavy throughout, and although I think it a wee too long for its own good, it's one I really enjoy.

"Flow" The opening guitar is fantastic, with exotic-sounding bends and crackling distortion. Again, it's the relationship between the guitars and the bass that makes this what it is- a magnificent and inspired piece of music.

"The Lucid" Hard-hitting right from the beginning, this song has a great sound but a somewhat trite chord progression. Continuing in this way makes for a solid but ultimately unexciting track. Even the main riff gets repetitive (and then, as a bonus, gets paired with that chord progression).

"Red" The lengthiest track has a brief atmospheric opening, which gets interrupted by a mid-tempo series of sludgy guitars and light synthesizer. There is a subtle counterpoint vocal in one section that's quite cool, and I enjoy how the piece employs both quiet and heavy sections. Still, like most of this album, this song doesn't leave much of a lasting impression at all. Fans of recent Porcupine Tree will likely find a great deal to relish.

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 Albedo Adaption by MIOSIS album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.62 | 12 ratings

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Miosis Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Bonnek
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

4 stars Largely indebted to Tool, this Swedish band nevertheless shows some great promise on their debut album. If you're a Tool fan you should be in a record store already. But I am not a devoted fan of either band, nor do I like bands copying others very much. So what does Miosis have to offer that made me give them 4 stars?

First of all, they sound much more alive then Tool does on their studio albums. I remember being introduced to Tool during a festival in 1991 and I was completely blown away. Since then I checked out all their albums but I never find that feeling back they had hit me with on that live gig. Miosis does. Their take on Tool sounds energetic, crisp, spontaneous and deeply moving.

This brings me to the next point. I don't know what it is with these Swedes but somehow they pull my emotional strings. Bands like Anekdoten and Opeth(-light) have that understated melancholy to them that I can't seem to find back with other bands. The vocalist here actually reminds me a lot of Jonas Renske from Katatonia. Actually, he would fit somewhere in between Jonas Renske and the nasal Ozzy-style of Mastodon. In my world, that makes him more enjoyable then Mastodon, but slightly less then Katatonia.

Next point, and always very important to me, would be the songs and the musicianship. No criticism here, there are no dips on this consistent album. All songs have plenty of entrancing bass grooves, melody, variation, and crescendo developments. All musicians are competent and play together very tightly. The singer however would be the weaker link. Despite his heartfelt delivery, I sometimes get tired of his voice after a few songs but that may be just me. I don't know. From what I've heard they would seek another singer. Let's hope the replacement can stir up the same emotions and add a bit more dynamics in the vocals.

A great item for fans of Tool, Katatonia and recent Porcupine Tree.

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Albedo Adaption
Miosis Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Prog-jester
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4 stars A fine Prog-Metal/Alternative Prog release from a Scandinavian quintet; catchy, melodic and innovative enough. Well, not that innovative, because the whole thing sounds a lot like FATES WARNING's brilliant "Disconnected" album, but mixing TOOL with PORCUPINE TREE and DREAM THEATER is not exactly what anyone does nowadays, isn't it? Funny enough, with such tasty approach and great material MIOSIS have less than 1,500 listeners on lastfm (with the whole album available for free streaming there)! This band should be much more popular than they are for now, they truly deserve it! I hope my short review would help them in that, and I highly recommend "Albedo Adaption" to anyone who is into Modern Prog!

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