01. I’ve Got The Power
02. Freeway Blues
03. She’s No Lover
04. California
05. Love Killer
06. Light Up The Sky
07. Cold Blooded
08. Fireball
09. Double Dealer
10. Gone With The Wind
11. You’re The Only One

Andreas Feldhahn - drums
Bernie Fintzen - keyboards, bg vocals
Alic Stephens - guitars
André Martelli - vocals
Jan S. Eckert - bass, background vocals

Mydra (1988)
Mydra II (1992)
Like a Bullet (2003)



Released 27/4-2012
Reviewed 14/5-2012


Born out of a band called Charon was this German rock band called Mydra after trying different names that was rejected by the label at the time, Mydra was preferred over Hydra or Midas Touch. This album was originally released back in 1988 but was quickly sold out and now thanks to Yesterrock and a remastering of the band themselves it will once again be available to buy to the delight of whoever really desired this album but couldn’t get it due to it being out of print. The band Mydra has during the years released three albums with the latest one released in 2003 and the first one in the late eighties.

Musically it is as we have come to expect from Yesterrock, a melodic rock album of the kind that were a bit commonplace in the late eighties, early nineties. Some stylistic variations going over the metal side of things as well as some more poprockish tunes but overall I think it is safe to label this melodic rock or AOR. I think the production is quite decent, I thought that it was a recent album made to sound like something of the eighties but it was the genuine thing an eighties album. As is customary of the genre the songs are catchy with emphasis on the melodies. The production is a bit rougher than today’s finely polished ones and as I stated that over the eleven tracks there is a decent amount of variation and the album plays for fifty minutes.

I would say that this is a decent album, the songs are overall good and the sound is alright. It is a good album to listen to and I have enjoyed listening to this album, although when it ends it does not leave any lasting impression. The main problem with this album is that it sounds more or less like anything else of the period, nothing really stands out. I do think the track Double Dealer is a really good track but like most of them it are still just a few more tracks in a genre where there are already too much tracks of this kind out there and most of them are good but not groundbreaking in any way.

The thing about this album is that it is well made and very good but it is too generic, it has too little of own ideas to stand out. In a way can actually be described as a typical document of the period it hails from, a good album with good songs and a lot of catchiness and all of that we all connect to the period. I find it being quite difficult to write that much about this album as it just is one more of those eighties rock albums. So if you like the music of that period I suppose that you will enjoy this album, if you think there is already enough of those albums I suggest you look at something more recent.

Good album, no more, no less, they tick the right boxes as the expression say but to be really good in a crowded genre you also have to move slightly outside the boxes and that is something this band fails to do with this album.




Label: Yesterrock/Germusica
Three similar bands: Charon/Craaft/Luley
Rating: HHHHHHH (4/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm

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