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Mynera-Shut the Light

September 1, 2007

Band Name: Mynera

Album Name: Shut the Light

Best Element: Mature songwriting with great melodies

Genre: Rock/Metal/Rock


Label Name: N/a

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Mynera have their heads on straight, an accomplishment to be well respected in a world where guys spend the majority of their “work” time throwing their skulls off their spines. What profession does Mynera excel in? Simple: Rockin’.

It shows in their debut release Shut the Light, an album released frighteningly near the birth of the band itself. Considering the short amount of time these six Kansas City boys have been together, Shut the Light delivers eight mature, solid tracks. The band may be just a baby, but its members are seasoned rockers who know how to write a song.

The album kicks off with “World Is Blind”, and right away traces of Dream Theater and their brand of metal oozes out at you. Only it’s not Dream Theater, it’s Mynera, and they manage to not only throw their own style together, but do so extremely well.

You can literally feel the life energy of Mynera flowing from their fingertips to their fretboards in “Alive” as they slowly set you up for the mosh pit of your life. Moving past the excellent “Saddest Story”, the title track of the album features Clinton Nichols’ blasting double bass beats as well as a melodic chorus (a Mynera trademark you’ll come to find).

If there’s one thing they guys are excellent at, however, its dynamics. They go from raging rock riffs to toned-down staccato verses relatively smoothly, allowing singer Bryan Harrison to show off his pipes.

“Justified” is one of the better tunes on the disc. These K.C. boys show their softer side with this tune, opening up with an acoustic intro while still maintaining their brand of big, melody-filled choruses. Sticking to their rock roots, “The End” gives off a Killswitch vibe and offers up a beautiful keyboard lead from Scott Curts.

Mike McNally gets his chance to show off his slitherin’ skills on bass with “Tulips and Puppydogs”, a headbanger loaded with guitar harmonies, keyboard leads and plenty of McNally’s screams.

“Sorrow” closes out the album, letting Daniel Reid and Dan Zielinski draw out the emotions of the listener with soft dissonant harmonies.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Mynera know how to write a song. To me they come across as the bastard child of Dream Theater, Killswitch Engage and Fear Factory. If you like any of the aforementioned bands, or are a fan of rock AT ALL, you will definitely dig these guys. Either way, keep your eyes peeled and your ears open, because Mynera will more likely than not be making a lot of noise in the days to come.

-Erik Williams

Stephen Carradini and Lisa Whealy write reviews of instrumental, folk, and singer/songwriter music. We write about those trying to make the next step in their careers and established artists.

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