Myraid Drone
Arka Morgana
(2019)
Crank this to 9.8 of 11
Genre:
Post rock, Post metal
Sounds Like:
If These Trees Could Talk, Holy Fawn, MOEWN
Monday, December 09, 2019
There comes a time when an album crosses our path and we are taken back with the beauty of the heaviness. In this case we have the cinematic Post-rock of Myraid Drone. From Melbourne, Australia the foursome have delivered a stellar followup to their 2016 Self-Titled release. Akra Morgana hits on all levels, the album cover alone is enough to stop and pause, this beauty of an illustration suites the album perfectly. The music here is extremely well written and possess a wonderful balance between Post-rock and Post-metal. It’s basically post metal heaven.

Their first release was an inspiring dose of heavy instrumental Post-rock and laid the foundation for what was yet to come. Three years later we have Akra Morgana and man this album is a monumental chapter for the band. For starters the addition of vocals really elevates the album. We love Post-rock, but sometimes the instrumental albums in this genre sound too similar to one another. The vocals of Shamus are spacious and strong, floating comfortably within the music, yet do not take total command. Think of Astronoid, those guys are on another level. The music is so brilliantly crafted that a preview or two doesn’t cut it. The production is very well layered as the percussion says it all with fluid drumming and bass work. The guitars have a Post-rock tone that sends the album soaring to new metal heights. The contrast between the majestic post-rock highs and the heavier moments are fantastic. It seem the more we listen, the more the album becomes a mainstay in our rotation.

Tracklist:
1. Time Enough at Last 07:07
2. Vitreous 06:52
3. Arka Morgana 05:39
4. Please, Stand by.. 01:50
5. Atonement 09:04
6. All Roads Lead 06:42
7. Disguidance 09:58
8. Unrequited 04:02

Standout Track(s)
This is an impossible task, if you’re a newbie to the band check out “Vitreous” and “All Roads Lead”.These two track encompass all what Myriad Drone are all about. We also wish “Please, Stand by..” was longer, the fastest paced track by far, but what a tune.

Adult Beverage Pairing
We need to go with Shores by Illinois brewing company Half Acre.  The can art alone fits the music with the drawing of waves. This 7% ABV New England IPA has bountiful flavors of citrus and some bitterness. A complimenting brew for Akra Morgana.

ROTATION RECAP:
Vocal Performance
9.6 of 11

Risk of Subwoofer Damage
9.6 of 11

Captivation and Variety
10 of 11

Weight of the Heavy
9.5 of 11
 
Lyrics and Song Structure
9.9 of 11

Fretwork Prowess
10 of 11

Overall Album Flow
10.1 of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics
10.8 of 11

Production Value
10 of 11

Final Thoughts
Myraid Drone are a band that has turned the corner with this album. You can hear the growth and the direction of the band. If you love the post rock genre Akra Morgana is a must. Also, a big thank you to Myraid Drone for donating their song “All Roads Lead” to our Compilation for a Cause 2019 album, where all proceeds benefit Fuck Cancer Foundation. 

Myraid Drone are:
Shamus - Guitars and Vocals
Dominic Lewis - Guitars
Mikey Harland - Bass
Frankie Demuru - Drums

Follow Myraid Drone: Bandcamp / Facebook
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