Автор: Argentum | 26 апреля 2010 | Просмотров: 1871Lossless
Artist: Mithras Album: Worlds Beyond the Veil Genre: Avantgarde Death Origin: United Kingdom Quality info: FLAC (tracks + .cue) Size: 415 mb
1. Portal to the... (06:12) 2. Worlds Beyond the Veil (04:33) 3. Bequeath Thy Visions (04:03) 4. The Caller and the Listener (03:40) 5. Break the Worlds Divide (03:07) 6. Lords and Masters (03:37) 7. Psyrens (04:48) 8. Voices in the Void (05:25) 9. The Sands of Time (05:59) 10. Search the Endless Planes (05:48) 11. They Came and You Were Silent (03:29) 12. Transcendence (03:17) 13. Beyond the Eyes of Man (13:37)
'That is the final word that Leon Macey - one half of the experimental death metal band Mithras - had to say in this album’s booklet. How right he was…
First things first, this is not the album that Terrorizer claimed it to be. NO album is. But it’s not far off. This album is a refreshing and truly innovative work of art. The theme throughout is clearly cosmic, sc-fi/fantasy type issues and one can also observe a discreet concept moving through the album. Lyrically, songs such as The Caller and the Listener, They Came and You Were Silent, Lords and Masters and so on seem to have a theme of humans crying out to their gods and their call being answered not by their deities but by a superior alien race or creature, or at least that’s how I interpret it. “Man called to them and they have come” and “You know not what your exaltations have unleashed” being just two examples of this idea. Certainly a nice change from other themes, and one that is strongly supported by the music itself, with a mix of brooding, warp-like instrumentation and epic, brutal blasts of energy.
For a non-stop, unrelenting opus you may wish to look elsewhere, as the various long instrumental sections do fragment the album somewhat. I feel however that this adds to the flow of the music rather than breaking it up, and it is a piece of music that is varied, beautiful and very thoughtful. The production in some ways is the main weakness of the recording, as it certainly takes a bit of getting used to. It’s somewhat muddy and quiet, but I quickly got used to it and I don’t feel it in any way detracts from the music.
The songs on this album and the musical skills with which they are delivered are at a very high standard, and particularly so given the fact that Mithras is essentially a two-man project – Rayner Coss on vocals and bass, and Leon Macey on guitars and drums. The latter in particular seems extremely competent in both roles, with his exciting, electrical riffs truly dancing as they dictate each piece, and the machine-like, brutal percussive battery hurling each track along with furious blast beats, double bass barrages and tom breaks. The vocals are a semi-deep shout which deliver the well written vocals in a commanding and powerful way, and some sections are delivered slightly deeper, more raspy or with echo effect. I’m not sure if I’m 100% keen on the vocals as opposed to a deeper more guttural roar, but they work well nonetheless.
Each track has an interesting if not particularly varied feel to it, with the riffs in particular having a slightly unorthodox air reminiscent of older Morbid Angel in their frantic jumpiness, with a constant focus on hop-skotching bends and squeals which boost the astral themes along with simultaneous echoing effects and sweeping, drawn out synthesised passages.
Listening to this album is like drifting into the galaxies portrayed in the album art and the lyrics! It sounds childish perhaps, but that is the feeling I have often got when listening to it, and indeed I have often drifted off to sleep when lying down and listening to it. In fact, for this reason it is often the case that I don’t hear much of the later tracks as a result, which is not recommended as the songs are consistent and maintain the concept right to the fading end.
Comparisons to other bands are unnecessary and in fact difficult, as Mithras hold their own in a unique style they define with this recording. It’s admittedly not the perfect album which Terrorizer raved about as much as they did, but what is? It’s without a doubt one of my favourites. The production is initially not too promising, but the distant elements actually in some ways increase the overall impact of it somehow. The vocals are a matter of preference, but I do feel they fit the music and convey the lyrics well. There is not immense variety between songs, with the same musical ideas being pretty constant throughout, but I approach it more as a single piece of music rather than individual tracks – indeed several tracks merge together anyway, or pick up lyrically where the last left off.
This album is a fantasy journey of an epic nature, delivered with great talent, vision and originality. It can be appreciated and enjoyed on various levels, and it certainly is by me…