Mesmur – S (2017)

The sophomore from international atmospheric death/doomers Mesmur is a much slower-paced, albeit spatial affair that truly seems to take you into the cosmos. In the nature of death/doom, the record features around ten thousand pounds of increasingly slow doom riffs, fronted by waves of potent and sometimes otherworldly melodies. It very much is a melodic doom release, which also benefits greatly from the level of electronics apparent in the last one, though to a much different level.

I will be honest though, as I found this one a bit difficult to get into from the start. It comes in at almost a grueling pace, but is decorated just well enough to give me a sort of euphoric feeling, which is sometimes accentuated in the vocal filters. There’s no clean singing here, but said filters can give the vocals a sort of inhuman presence, making the whole thing feel truly (excuse the pun) out of this world. There are four rather large pieces here, each one seeming to be much in the same vein as the last, with the album’s outro appealing the most to me as it seems to encapsulate one of the most brilliant representations of the surrounding stars, planets and galaxies that I’ve ever heard. Keep in mind, I’ve listened to NASA’s Voyager recordings (and may still have them on my hard-drive somewhere) which show space as a little bit melodic in itself. It almost feels as if we’re all the result of some remarkable tune of cosmic orgasm, by which this performance truly showcases.

Mesmur haven’t made a bad album yet, and though I couldn’t grasp onto it in the way that I could with the previous; I still would recommend the record for the sake of it’s own creativity and decision to go beyond the common applications found in death/doom, even in the atmospheric realms of it. Mesmur show that they’re not just good at making a death/doom recording, but that they can also illustrate the very stars themselves if given enough time. With a brillaint production value and enough unimistakable melodies flowing through this thing, I’d definitely consider it a solid release. If you’re looking for death/doom that mourns the world above, instead of the one we’re in right now, then I would have to recommend you check out Mesmur’s S. To be honest though, I’m trying to figure out what the “S” stands for. My first guesses were “Space” and “Superman” though I didn’t see the latter described within the disc’s linear notes. S seems just as bleak as I Have No Mouth, But I Must Scream and therein lies the appeal.

(4 Tracks, 52:00)



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