Mykorrhiza - _Shattered Dreams_
(Konqueror Records, 2002)
by: Pedro Azevedo (7 out of 10)
Having been left unimpressed by Mykorrhiza's self-titled EP, my expectations for this full-length were, of course, low. Much like high expectations can be a recipe for disaster, the opposite can pave the way for pleasant surprises -- which turned out to be the case here. _Shattered Dreams_ is unlikely to set anyone's world alight, but it's a damn sight better than the EP and quite enjoyable in its own right. The production is far superior, and right from the start Mykorrhiza's aggressive yet melodic death metal promises to entertain. For the first few tracks, they fulfill that promise. There's a bit of black, a bit of thrash and a bit of old-school Swedish death in the mix too (no wonder considering they're from Sweden). The pace is a lot more varied, while the riffs and guitar leads are vastly superior and more memorable. Of course all this praise must be taken in the context of their mediocre EP, compared to which this record is a massive improvement. Occasional clean vocals still show up once in a while: on "Sadist", "Surgery" and "With Pleasure They Ride" (where they get on my nerves) and on a couple of spoken parts. The second half of the album (which includes the aforementioned tracks) fails to maintain the same quality level, but it's not a dramatic lunge, and _Shattered Dreams_ remains a competent album that contains several enjoyable tracks.


(article published 5/5/2003)

4/5/2003 P Azevedo 4 Mykorrhiza - Mykorrhiza
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