When a new generation comes with really good ideas.
Misþyrming is not a strange name for those who are connected inside black metal. But as the “old Norwegian” way of making black metal saturated, (that was some 10 years ago), bands started to have really strange ideas, and I’m not even talking about avant-garde bands: they tried to reinvent the wheel. Shoegaze, folk-pop, DSBM, boring sounds, you name it. Like Fenriz said: “There’s way too much black And there’s too little metal”
But over the course of the years I heard really good ideas, call It “modern black metal”, “new black metal”, for me it’s just metal updated. And that’s exactly what Misþyrming does with their new album Algleymi: excellent sound, totally different from the “original sound”, not exactly avant-garde and yet metal as fuck!
This sophomore album of these Icelanders is a mid-tempo effort that pays off: songs like Ísland steingelda krummaskuð is an innovative way to assert the old. Riffs that can be both interpreted like being Viking or just metal in extreme form, at the same time melodic without being cheap. Its abundance of production shows that these cats are not joking around. Black Metal for the music sake.
The strangest track is Hælið that is DSBM and adds nothing to the opus, being the only flaw of the album.
Apart of that, is just an excellent album culminating in the final title track: aggressive and melodic, this song is a trip and it appeals to several nuances of black metal.
That’s the quality of Misþyrming: they converse with everybody, they include everybody; from the curious to the die hards, their property is to play an comprehensive sound, and for that they deserve to be where they are today, soon to be a great name between the great ones.
Algleymi is out now via Norma Evangelium Diaboli.
(Daniel “Roderick Totentanz” Death)