Friday, January 6, 2012

Mystik - The Plot Sickens [1992]

"The Plot Sickens" is the best power-thrash album that you may have never heard of. What is there not to like about this album? The vocals are coherent and command the music very nicely. The riffs are fast, catchy and will get your headbanging and the leads are spectacular, from the shredding solos to the great melodies and harmonies found throughout the record.

The best part about this record is definitely it's undeniable catchiness that is created by the excellent combination of the riffs and the vocals. "Reflection of the Dying" has extremely catchy and memorable verses due to the great riffs and the vocals that appear to be a part of the riff itself. Don't be surprised if you find yourself singing along while banging your fist like a maniac. "Red Rum" is another track that is guaranteed to send the listener into an uncontrollable state of singing along, while simultaneously stamping their feet mercilessly along with the riffs and pummeling drums. 

Along with the riffs and vocals, Mystik was able to create some beautiful melodies and harmonies, stunning solos and chilling, yet brilliant clean guitar sections. "Commandment" switches between the heavy and fast distortion guitars and the acoustic/clean passages throughout, while maintaining all of the catchy material that makes this album so fantastic. All of the solos are magnificent, and add another layer to the already great music. "Death to All (Peace at Last!)" and "Commandment" both feature terrific solos that are capable of getting any listener to shred on their air guitar. 

There isn't much more to be said about this album, other than it is too good to be overlooked. This album is just another victim of many, amazing albums to be undiscovered, so this album receives the highest recommendation. Download it or track down the actual CD copy, but get your hands on this album, you will not regret it. 

"Reflection of the Dying"
"Red Rum"

Final Rating
Awesome [8.9/10]