Mydra – Mydra [1988]

MYDRA_STCountry Germany          

Style Hard Rock

Rating 85/100

Band Members Alic Stephen – Guitars, Andre Martelli – Vocals, Andy Feldhahn – Drums, Bernie Fintzen – Keyboards,Backing Vocals, Jan S. Eckert – Bass,backing Vocals

Tracks 01. I’ve Got The Power (5:49), 02. Freeway Blues (3:59), 03. She’s No Lover (4:46), 04. California (3:05), 05. Love Killer (4:13), 06. Light Up The Sky (3:50), 07. Cold Blooded (4:22), 08. Fireball (4:31), 09. Double Dealer (4:44), 10. Gone With The Wind (5:07)

Profile MYDRA, German band based in Hamburg, recorded their self titled debut in 1987/8, and soon become out of print. This is a very good melodic hard rock album with big arrangements, strong guitars and a couple of songs in the scandi-AOR style to die for.

First track “I’ve Got the Power” really got the power with the huge dual guitar / keyboard riff and the pompous arrangement. A monster song, with excellent production. “Freeway Blues” is, imho, the weakest track of all, no bad, just plain hardrocker, but “She’s No Lover” returns with the guitar / key duel magic. Then “California”; yes, simple and basic, but one of my favs, with a melting raw riff. “Love Killer” is a really good one, MYDRA sounds here like a mid-eighties american pop-metal band. Very cool. The rockin’ AOR of “Light Up The Sky” is almost radiable, with a very good chorus and backing vocals mix, nice vintage keyboard solo as well. The instant winner “Double Dealer” is pure scandi AOR, keys, keys, keys!, and a huge chorus. Love this one. Last track “Gone With the Wind” is another highlight, starts quietly, but the increscendo tempo explodes into a terrific chorus. First class arrangements, this is a great, great tune.

The excellent production and some killer songs have led to this album a cult status. ‘MYDRA’ still remains as one of my favorite german bands of the 2nd half of the eighties.

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