Finnish metal group Noumena will release their fifth studio album Myrrys on April 28. The album is a strong follow-up to Death Walks With Me which was released four years ago. The album is an eloquent combination of 90’s style melodic death metal and melancholic Finnish mollie tunes. The album is mixed and mastered by the metal visionary Dan Swanö, who has ensured wide and dynamic sounds. Myrrys offers a musical journey all the way from catchy upbeat moments to sturdy and desolate emotions.
With melodies, riffs, sounds and lyrics, Myrrys paints a picture of a mindscape filled with contradictions and Northern despair. The album title Myrrys (old Finnish) refers to ruckus, tumult or uproar. So far, Noumena has stuck to English as lyrical language, but the album themes, including Finnish nature and cultural heritage, and intimate stories required the use of Finnish. Every band member has contributed to songwriting, and the formidable cover art is crafted by Finnish young talent Otto Lehtonen.
‘Metsän Viha’ is an upbeat opening track of the album, which is a great choice as a single as well. The song combines catchy melodies, badass riffs, overwhelming drumming and Andy’s and Suvi’s merciless growls. The lyrics deal with “humanity’s ability to destroy everything vital and dear”, comments guitarist Tuukka Tuomela, who has composed the song.
Myrrys is Noumena’s second album with vocalist Suvi Uura, who contrasts and balances skillfully Antti Haapanen’s growls with her deep voice. Uura joined Noumena in 2009 and the rest of the band are original members who got together in 1998.