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Mesarthim are a mysterious duo coming from Australia that have reinterpret the genre. They display a cosmic-themed black metal with a lot of different influences. Not only can you find elements of depressive and atmospheric black metal in their work, but also elements of blackgaze and electronic-trance. Is that kind of mix between two completely opposed styles what really makes them so special and fresh.
On “Pillars”; their second studio album after “Isolate”; they reach another level in their music, where the electronic devices take much more importance than in the previous mentioned recording. At first, this can appear to be a little bit overwhelming, but the reality is far from being that, as the music is very well balanced, with high doses of guitar riffs and solos, harsh and emotional vocals and notorious bass and drumming, all of them perfectly surrounded by a clever use of synths and keyboards that recreate a gloomy space journey.
35 minutes of pure cosmic glorification, with four songs that differ a lot in terms of style and musicality but; despite of that; the duo still achieve to connect them in a way that the album turns out to be a whole. The element that stands out the most in here is the ambience; such four songs are dominated by the instruments, leaving the vocals to a second role. They also introduce some tempo changes that avoid the recording from falling into monotony.
From the epic yet melancholic “11” and the homonymous “Pillars”, to the utterly emotive trance-like “Orbiting”, this album succeeds in taking the listener to another dimension, piercing the barriers of transcendence.
I can understand people not liking Mesarthim, but what nobody can deny is that they’ve got an actual transgressive style, so I can’t do nothing but flatter them for being a blow of fresh air in a very conservative subgenre.