Metal Storm logo
Misþyrming - Með Hamri review




Bandcamp music player
Reviewer:
N/A

113 users:
8.06
Band: Misþyrming
Album: Með Hamri
Release date: December 2022


01. Með Hamri
02. Með Harmi
03. Engin Miskunn
04. Engin Vorkunn
05. Blóðhefnd
06. Aftaka


This is what happened to Sin After Sin after a decade in Iceland.

Icelandic black metal dominated much of 2010s in terms of black metal. Even if some of the bands were active prior to the 2010s, bands like Svartidauði, Carpe Noctem, Wormlust, , Sinmara all created a pretty incestuous scene with huge gaps between releases, plenty of disso-black Deathspell Omega influences, a lot of kvlt aesthetics. Some of those bands like Naðra, Almyrkvi, and Zhrine (and Wormlust if you don't count the Skáphe collab) still haven't released a second studio album. Misþyrming's debut arrived right in the middle of the decade, not later than most of the big names, but still early enough to capitalize on the wave. And, now in 2022, they're the only ones of the Icelandic bands I mentioned that have a third album.

There's a bit of a common thread in the album cycles of Icelandic black metal that I noticed in my review of the previous Misþyrming album, 2019's Algleymi, in which the more disso-black sounds of a debut would give way to something with more melodic focus on the follow-up. But now that this is the first time such a band is to release a third album, the rule for the third albums is yet unwritten. Still, that's more of a narrative that we like to think about Icelandic black metal and, in truth, it could spiral out into myriad of unruly directions. And Með Hamri does feel like more than just the middle ground between Söngvar Elds Og Óreiðu and Algleymi, as much as that's not entirely an invalid view on Með Hamri.

Með Hamri is more dissonant and vitriolic than Algleymi and more melodic and triumphant than Söngvar Elds Og Óreiðu, but there's something that makes Með Hamri feel alive in a very different way. I reckon at least part of it is due to new drummer Magnús Skúlason (previously of Svartidauði), who delivers some of the best drumming I've heard all year and carries the album to a sound that's as pummeling as it is dynamic. There's something about the organic and "live" way the album sounds which makes it sound pretty thrilling. From the speed metal-ish riffing of the opener, the two pairs of almost identically named tracks, up to the soaring and hypnotic closer, Með Hamri feels like a beast that Misþyrming is trying to tame. A beast of vitriolic violence and icy spewing rage.

I don't think that Misþyrming care that much about year-end lists, but they give us Með Hamri as another reason why other publications should really wait until the year ends before publishing their best of lists for that year.



This will be my last main page review for 2022. See you next year and Happy Holidays!





Written on 26.12.2022 by Doesn't matter that much to me if you agree with me, as long as you checked the album out.


Comments

Comments: 4   Visited by: 142 users
27.12.2022 - 01:25
Rating: 10
prnzokoshiroltra

Agreed. this one is #11 on my toplist - the only album from this month that invaded the top 20 of it

I liked the brevity of this review for some reason... my reviews will probably exercise anything *but* brevity... more like exorcising demons... I admire when the author of a publication can be concise without feeling abrupt n incomplete

last 3 records spun
-------------------------
Yuzo Koshiro - Actraiser Renaissance sdtrk
Nas - King's Disease III
Mumincunt - Minnenas Erektion
----
No one can fend off 100 multi-colored Draculas
Loading...
27.12.2022 - 08:29
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Written by prnzokoshiroltra on 27.12.2022 at 01:25

I liked the brevity of this review for some reason...

I'm not sure if the review is especially brief. It's still my usual formula of short teaser + background paragraph + 2 paragraphs about the music + conclusion paragraph. Granted, the teaser and the conclusion are shorter than usual for me.
----
Do you think if the heart keeps on shrinking
One day there will be no heart at all?
Loading...
27.12.2022 - 09:58
DarkWingedSoul

Still tasting this but not yet overcome the amazing Algleymi, maybe it needs time... i will give them time and chance for sure.
Loading...
28.12.2022 - 18:43
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
Written by RaduP on 27.12.2022 at 08:29

Written by prnzokoshiroltra on 27.12.2022 at 01:25

I liked the brevity of this review for some reason...

I'm not sure if the review is especially brief. It's still my usual formula of short teaser + background paragraph + 2 paragraphs about the music + conclusion paragraph. Granted, the teaser and the conclusion are shorter than usual for me.


Maybe not your best , but i has good point and a fact that bands has no second album, I never thought about it actually.
----
Life is to short for LOVE, there is many great things to do online !!!

Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
Loading...

Hits total: 1312 | This month: 58