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Mesarthim — Spire EP

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Mesarthim returns with another release with zero advance notice or fanfare. The Spire EP presents two tracks for our consumption: a really catchy opener in "Crater" followed by the namesake track which clocks in at 7 minutes. The first teases the listener with a bit of dubstep influence in an otherwise purely electronic intro piece. After the track opens with a very calming, melodic chime synth; "Crater" quickly fades out right after settling into a steady groove. The first track is a taunt in my opinion, as I would love to hear Mesarthim further explore the more strictly electronic side of their sound.

"Spire," the title track gives us another solid piece of Mesarthim's music. After the mid-tempo electronica of "Crater" fades out, the vast, droning guitars come in, backed by muffled screams and programmed drums and we're back in familiar territory. For those who became fans of the project with the exposure they garnered following the Pillars release, I can confidently state that Spire is another worthy addition to your collection. This is a quick hit of the expected mixture of core black metal elements and EDM influence, without feeling like a complete re-hash. The musical niche Mesarthim occupy is vast and catchy, and Spire is no exception.

According to the group's Bandcamp page (link), Spire was initially a CD-R release. Since it's 2016, I guess CD-R is just as inaccessible as cassette tape, so kudos to Mesarthim for embracing their inner hipster. Realistically, unless you live in Australia there is zero chance you're going to be listening to physical copies of the project's albums. I wholeheartedly recommend looking further into this mysterious project, and everything is on their Bandcamp page for whatever price you deem fair. (Or, at least it was as of the time of this review's publishing, this can always change in future.)

Summary

Another strong addition to an interesting project's discography. Spire is short, sweet and to the point; a two-piece offering of catchy, synth-heavy atmospheric black metal. With a total running time of just over 10 minutes, Spire serves as both a good introduction to this music project and provides a maintenance dose to existing fans awaiting future releases.

Album Information

Release date: March 25th, 2016
Record label: independent

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Track Listing

  1. Crater
  2. Spire

—by Derek

Published: April 30th, 2016.