John West is an accomplished national and international recording and performing singer, songwriter, guitarist that possesses a successful solo and collaborative career
”Across The Seven Seas”
Anyone who remembers Artension? Artlantica is two ex-members joining forces once again, and to keep them company they have John Macaluso on drums, Steve Digiorgio on bass and Mistheria on keyboards. With this release they have created what has got to be one of this year’s highlights for fans of neoclassical and slightly symphonic metal. Artlantica is Roger Staffelbach’s musical baby, and he has definitely created magic with this release. The fact that John West also sounds better than ever, he has really brought back the vocal power that was his trademark on the first to Artension albums, doesn’t do any damage either. He’s got the power and range of Bruce Dickinson and Ronnie James Dio in their glory days, but also the soul and feeling of Glenn Hughes. There’s no one better, I tell you. In addition to that, he has also come up with some truly amazing and beautiful vocal lines. There really isn’t anything to put your finger on in the instrumental department, either. Roger Staffelbach should have all the honors of not being tempted to make this album an over the top-riffmonster. The main focus is on making the best songs possible, and Artlantica truly sounds like a band, just the way Yngwie J. Malmsteen’s Rising Force did with “Odyssey”, without at all compare the two releases in any other way. “Across The Seven Seas” has no fillers. It manages to create a feeling of happiness in a heart that beats a little extra when it comes to neoclassical metal. Songs like the title track, “2012”, Ode To My Angel” and “Demon In My Mind” are excellent examples of the fact that this is some of the very best material these guys have created since “Into The Eye Of The Storm” and “Phoenix Rising” by Artension. The songs here are both aggressive and catchy, with a tasteful production. Album of the year? Might very well turn out to be just that. 6/6
Hans Mikael Ødegaard, SCREAM MAGAZINE, NORWAY
We all got tired of waiting for real rock album of vocal superstar John West (ex-frontman of Royal Hunt and Artension). And now guitar player, composer and producer Christos Nikolaou from Greece constructed John’s serious comeback – and it’s a comeback of a true rock star. The two other musicians of Mythodea are absolutely famous persons too – bass virtuoso Steve DiGiorgio (ex-Artension and Sadus) and drummer Charlie “Z” Zeleny (Susperia and Jurgen Blackmore’s group). Keyboard wizard Vitalij Kuprij (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, ex-Artension) and Royal Hunt backing singer Maria McTurk guested on this album also. Mythodea is a project, not a “real” band – all musicians never met in the studio, they passed soundfiles over Internet – but every experienced classic rock aficionado will be absolutely satisfied with the results. Mythodea’s debut is quite similar with Artension’s best works: John written all the lyrics and vocal melodies, but Christos arranged instrumental tracks in absolutely over-the-top way. Everything here sounds symphonic, monumental and pompous in every positive aspect of these terms. I’m still waiting for physical CD release of such an outstanding album and highly recommend four free audio tracks from “Mythodea” at official website (mythodeaband.com) and project’s ReverbNation page (www.reverbnation.com/mythodea).