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The Masters Known as Mystifier! - 100%

Akerthorpe, July 21st, 2015

Hailing from Brazil is the black metal band Mystifier, and this is another band that flew under the radar with me until recently. Now that their “Goetia” album has been re-released by Greyhaze Records I now have had the proper opportunity to give them a listen, and they did not disappoint by any means. Mystifier play a brand of black metal that is not soon forgettable. They definitely do not sound like your typical, or stereotypical black metal band, but that is definitely what makes them unique. Once you allow this band to infect your ears with their brand of music, you are on a musical odyssey that you won’t soon forget.

There are definitely elements of death metal here, but there is no doubt that this is predominantly a black metal band. What is really nice about this album is that despite being primarily black metal, Mystifier play their music in such a way that it exudes a doom type vibe although there are some faster parts in these songs. They play their music with such a passion, that not only do you hear it, but you also feel it. This music comes from a time when pushing boundaries was not even a thought in the minds of metal musicians, for as long as you were playing what you felt in your heart and being true to that form that is what was most important. There is an extreme ancient “coldness” to this material. This is something that comes from the void of nothingness to consume all ideals of what you thought was real and true in life. Reminiscent of bands such as Varathron, Mortuary Drape, and a nastier grittier version of Beherit with elements of Goatlord thrown in, Mystifier’s “Goetia” is a sonic journey into the murky and gloomy depths of Brazil’s black metal scene and it will enlighten you to the undeniable excellence of their song construction and overall mastery of the genre itself. No, there is not really anything technical here, but the music on this CD, from the riffs and solos to the unique vocal approach, sets this band apart from the others playing this type of music. Try picturing Master’s Hammer playing Goatlord’s “Reflections of the Solstice” with Beherit’s instruments tuned down to the levels found on Varathron’s “His Majesty at the Swamp”. Trying to find the words to do this album justice is frustrating because, just when I think I have described it perfectly, I realize it is so much more than I can give adequate credit for.

I am extremely thankful that I had the opportunity to review this reissue of this fantastic album. I am also thankful that I didn’t hear it until now for the simple fact that I don’t know if I would have appreciated it fully back then. So, I urge anyone who has thought of getting this album but never did to do so as soon as humanly possible. This is not only a definite gem in the realm of black metal, but a big piece of Brazil’s musical history. However, like I said above, this is not your typical black metal so be sure to have an open mind when you are listening to it. This is absolutely nothing like Dimmu Borgir, or Cradle of Filth or any bands like that. This is pure, unadulterated black metal in all its monstrous hatred without all the theatrics.