Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
The roots for Mythiras started out with myself (Tyler Clark) and Taylor Andjelkovic, our singer meeting up through a mutual friend in the Fall of 2012. Not long afterwards, we added Mike Mion on guitars and started jamming every week mostly for fun and for hanging out. On January 26th, 2013 we started work our first original song written as a band that would eventually become Absolving the Treacherous. We went on the hunt for other members almost immediately afterwards. We had a few short time runs with a bass player and a drummer, until we finally settled on Josh Gatka on bass and Christian Krucker on Drums later spring/ summer of 2013. We played our first show that December and in February 2014, for our second show ever we opened for Dark Tranquillity at The Agora Ballroom in Cleveland. We then played several shows that year and released our first demo entitled The Rise of Mythrias in November 2014. In February 2015, we parted ways with Christian and added Matt Behner on Drums, formerly of the band Year of Desolation who were signed to Prosthetic Records. Mythrias went on to play more high-caliber shows that year, opening for acts like Beyond Creation, The Deathstars, Moonspell, Septic Flesh, Omnium Gatherum, Insomnium, Allegaeon, and Act of Defiance. In September we released the Absolving the Treacherous EP, and so far have had a great response. As of December 2015, we are set to play several shows in the coming months, including opening for Warbringer, Exmortus, and Enforcer on January 16th at The Agora in Cleveland.
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
Our style is pretty defined as primary melodic death metal. We introduce other elements into it as well such as thrash metal, power metal, and even some black metal. I would say our primary influences are Swedish and Finnish melodic death metal bands. Dark Tranquillity, At The Gates, Dissection, Kalmah, Mors Principium Est, and Insomnium to name a few. Some other influences thrown in might include Metallica, Kreator, The Black Dahlia Murder, Immortal, Sacramentum, Istapp, and Cradle of Filth.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
Our music takes the melodic riffage of the mid 90’s Scandinavian melodic extreme metal bands and combines it with the edginess and liveliness of the traditional American bands of the 80’s as well as the attitude of the more modern bands. The result is an adrenaline-fueled, energetic delivery that evokes a somber yet still optimistic feeling that metalheads both young and old will identify with and attach to.
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
We only have two releases out so far, our first is The Rise of Mythrias demo that came out in Novemeber 2014, and the Absolving the Treacherous EP released September 2015. Both were received fairly well, our song The Coming of the End off of The Rise of Mythrias received some airplay by Bill Peters of Auburn Records on his radio station WJCU. The song Lamia off of Absolving the Treacherous was also chosen to be uploaded to the UnknownMelodicDeathMetal youtube channel. We were extremely honored for both.
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
We have played many live shows. They seem to be getting better and better the more we play. We seemed to have been the most well received when we opened for Insomnium on September 4th at The Agora in Cleveland. Opening for Septic Flesh in May as well as our EP release show on September 11th also had some of the best crowds we have seen. We absolutely love seeing people go crazy at shows.
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
Mythrias takes a fresh approach to the conventional melodic death metal formula. We take what many of the modern bands are doing in Sweden, Finland, and the U.S. and applying the attitude of the black metal bands of the early to mid 90’s. The result is crushing, fast-paced riffage sprinkled with emotion and atmosphere seldom ever heard before.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
As of December 2015 we are in the process of writing several new songs and preparing for more shows at the beginning of the coming new year. We hope to have another release this coming year as well, as to what it will be we cannot say for certain at this point.
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
To listen to either of our releases, you can visit our bandcamp at: mythrias1.bandcamp.com/
Or our Youtube channel at: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdugB9om_KkLrW5hNpRqudQ/playlists
Thanks for having us on!! \m/