(All Album Reviews by ffroyd)
Ring Of Myth is a Southern Californian power trio consisting of Scott Rader on drums and percussion, Geroge Picado on guitars and led by Danny Flores who plays bass, keyboards, guitars and sings. The band has been around since the early 90s and released one previous album on the Kenesis label titled Unbound in 1999. Recently the band signed on with Unicorn Digital and released their new album Weeds.
The music here is powerful and complex with loads of tempo and time changes. I detect a good deal of influence from prog bands like Yes and Rush but mostly this is something very different. Another really cool similarity I noticed is to the Philadelphia band Dysrhythmia in some of the more frenetic jamming parts. Ring Of Myth has energy to spare it seems and they arenít afraid to use it. What I really tried hard to get into are the vocals of Danny Flores. There are too many spots to count where he tries to sing outside of his range and it ends up sounding like a bad falsetto. It can be fairly aggravating but not as bad as that guy from Mars Volta. At least Ring Of Myth has the instrumental chops to make up for this shortcoming. Fortunately his vocals arenít always like that, when he sings normal he actually sounds really nice. For example the beginning of the track ďBirdís Eye ViewĒ has an almost psychy folk feel, which his vocals fit perfectly.
Thereís plenty of great music here and the band mixes the style and dynamics up enough to make the album interesting throughout. While I wouldnít recommend this disc to everyone, those who are into the prog metal scene and are looking for something interesting and out of the ordinary might be surprised by this offering.