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Mesarthim — Type III EP

Mesarthim - Type III EP, cover

Released less-than two weeks after The Great Filter, we have yet another Mesarthim release on our hands. This is a single track, but calling it an EP seems fair given that it's longer than many multi-track EPs. Regardless of what you want to call it, Type III is another 20-minute offering from one of fringe metal's breakout projects of the past year or so.

Throughout Mesarthim's brief — and yet extremely prolific — existence, there has been a slow but steady progression in their sound. The first album, Isolate, and follow-up EPs all had a more subdued, quieter sound to them; much more atmospheric in composition than metal. With .- -... ... . -. -.-. . and the follow-up EP, The Great Filter, the project's sound was starting to give more prominence to the guitar in the form of thicker, cruchier production but also increased compositional emphasis.

Type III continues the progression of the Mesarthim sound, giving the guitars more prominence and space in the mix without stripping away any of the electronics and synths. The audio quality on every release from Mesarthim has been excellent, but Type III is easily the best sounding of them all. Considering the consistently high amount of material they keep releasing, it's incredibly impressive to see continual improvements in all aspects of Mesarthim's craft.

Summary

Despite releasing between 20 and 40 minutes worth of music every few months, for the past 2 years, Mesarthim show no signs of slowing down. Type III is the group's best offering of their trademarked blend of atmospheric metal and blackened nihilism to date.

Album Information

Release date: December 20th, 2016
Record label: independent

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Track Listing

  1. Type III

—by Derek

Published: February 10th, 2017