Review by Sloof

Ython is a new band from Belgium that started  in the summer of 2013. After the necessary lineup changes, they started writing own material and in the beginning of 2015, they entered a recording studio for the first ‘Demo 2015’. It didn’t took that long before the members gathered at the 8tone Studio to start working on their debut album, which is now available. Two out of three songs from the demo can be found on the debut album as well.

The album opens with the track ‘Kronos And Zeus’, and this Greek mythological story is not exactly the topic to write songs about these days, but Ython decided that 4 out of 8 tracks were inspired by this event. I do wonder what happened after being thrown in Tartarus and guarded by Cyclops and the hundred-handed Hecatonchires. Anyhow, it all sounds very dark and mystic, and although the musicians take control of their instrument, there is lack of mixing talent.

The music is okay, but the sound is not how it should be nowadays. The vocals of Walla (Walter Mennekens) are also very average, so  the band isn’t yet ready for international success. ‘Black Shield Nymph’ opens again very dark but this track has female vocals by Kathy Baeyens, and I must say that they are very weak. No power at all and after a few spins, it’s getting annoying. And, that’s how this album is continuing, which is a pity. I understand that a new band doesn’t have the financial support to enter a first class studio, but sometimes it’s better to wait a little longer, refine the songs, rarefy the arrangement and enter the studio when everything is said and done. The band is also working on material for their next album, and I’m afraid that they will make the same mistake again.

Who am I to judge about musical competence? I can only advice how things sound as a neutral person, who receives this album to give it a good listen. So I did, and all I can say is that Ython has to work on their overall sound and pay a lot (more) of attention on the vocals, as they have a negative effect on the songs in general.   

My rating: 63 / 100

95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !

Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan

Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it

Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing

Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate

Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard

50- : Rubbish