Album Review: Chapter 4 by Mycena

The Croatian instrumental music makers known as Mycena have recently released their newest album, Chapter 4, and the three tracks on it are excellent examples of what music can be without vocals.

About Chapter 4

Mycena is made up of 5 musicians, Aleksandar Vrhovec (Synth, Effects), Marin Mitić (Guitar), Pavle Bojanić (Guitar), Karlo Cmrk (Bass), and Igor Vidaković (Drums). The music they have written for this new album is progressive, psychedelic, bluesy, and experimental and provides a very enjoyable listening experience.

The first song is named “Dissolution – Part 1”. What I like about this track is that you can hear influences from metal, rock, psych, blues, etc. During the 17 minutes and 49 seconds, you will hear influences ranging from Tool and Pink Floyd alongside some excellent atmospheric elements. The control over their instruments that is a mainstay of this style of music is on point throughout.

“Dissolution – Part 2” is short, coming in at just over 3 minutes, but in that time, Mycena reaches for all the things they accomplished in their longer songs and grabs them efficiently and effortlessly.

“Dissolution – Part 3” kicks off with a cool drum and bass groove that the guitars kind of bury when they enter, making me wish that the rhythm section was a bit more upfront or that the part went on longer before the guitars charged in. Honestly, this is the weakest of the three tracks, in my opinion, which isn’t to say that it’s not put together well because it is. I’m sure many of you will get into it; I just felt that Parts 1 and 2 fit into my preferences a bit better.

Final Thoughts

Despite its short track list, this album is about forty minutes long. During that time, you will hear music that can feel psychedelic, as well as having elements of Tool (particularly within the bass playing) and much more. While I wasn’t a big fan of the sound of Part 3, the other two tracks hit all the right sweet spots, and despite not enjoying 3 as much, I did find that it has good qualities to it.

So, head over to their Bandcamp or wherever you listen to music and give this album some of your time. Enjoy!

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This review was written by Tom Hanno, who has been writing reviews for the last 7 years but has been sharing his love of music for the majority of his life. Originally starting out at the now defunct Chimera Magazine, he is currently contributing to Doomed and Stoned, The Sleeping Shaman, The Doom Charts, Tom’s Reviews, and The Third Eye. Read more of Tom’s reviews by checking out his Linktree.

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