Release: October 12, 2018
Genres are a thing of the past... Mycelia have continuously strived to defy the traditional boundaries between metal’s various subgenres, while still keeping their sound fresh and engaging. Drawing on influences ranging from hardcore, metal and djent to jazz and classic film scores, the Swiss six-piece has continually baffled both critics and fans with their complex, heavy-yet-catchy arrangements.
The band’s signature sound pairs groovy, crushing rhythmic sections with subtle, intricate melodies, on top of surgically precise drumming and vocal arrangements that range from soaring clean vocals to utterly brutal screams and growls.
Mycelia was founded in 2010, by guitarist Mike Schmid and drummer Marc Trummer, who were shortly after joined by singer Marc Fürer. Since their inception, the band has released an impressive number of records: After two online EPs, the band released their debut album ‘’Isolator’’ (2012), and its successor ‘’Nova’’ (2013). Next, Mycelia released their third album ‘’Obey’’ (2015) thereby setting a new quality standard for the entire Swiss metal scene. The album’s success however was not limited to the national market, as ‘’Obey’’ was Mycelia’s first record to reach the band’s Asian fans through its release in Japan, among other countries.
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In the wake of ‘’Obey’’, Mycelia’s line-up was further improved with the joining of guitarist and singer Mike Fuller and bassist Eugen Wiege. After a highly successful year of touring, the quintet completed the line-up with singer Lukas Villiger, and focused on the preparation for their fourth album, ‘’Dawn’’ (2017). With ‘’Dawn’’, Mycelia were able to reach a new pinnacle of their musical career, drawing on their passion and experience to create a musical journey that fuses the technical depth and unrelenting energy of the band’s earlier works with the deep diversity and complexity of the later releases. It wasn’t long before ‘’Dawn’’ caught the attention of Eclipse Records (Mushroomhead, A Breach of Silence, Despite) and they subsequently signed an exclusive worldwide deal with the US-based label. On October 12 2018 their new album ‘’Apex’’ will be released.
‘’Apex’’ was really hard to review, the album is long and intense as hell. If I am very honest, it is just too much for me. So many influences, genre’s, elements… I can’t decide on how I feel about it. Because technically I hear and know that ‘’Apex’’ is awesome for their audience, but not for me. All the elements apart are really good, it’s just the mix that I do not seem to get into. Overall I do think that the bass (probably intentionally) is way too loud. I rate ‘’Apex’’ by Mycelia a six out of ten.