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Mesarthim — Type III EP

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Released less-than two weeks after The Great Filter, we have yet another Mesarthim offering 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 — clocking in at just under 19 minutes. Regardless of what you want to call it, Type III is lengthy bit of material from one of the atmospheric black metal scene's more unique and intriguing projects.

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, crunchier production and just flat-out using the instrument more.

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 track opens with some haunting piano and sparse synths, letting the other instrumentation slowly fade in to the mix; there are a few long bridges between the larger passages, as the intensity ebbs and flows nicely. The first half of the track is very symphonic in feel, with the syncopated guitars and orchestral synths, while the latter half is more ambient electronica influenced until it reprises the main riff in the final couple minutes. The transitions between passages are flawless, and the whole track flows perfectly.

The audio quality on every release from Mesarthim has been excellent, but Type III is easily the most dynamic sounding of them all. Each new batch of material maintains the sonic aspects that make the project unique, while folding new tricks and better song-writing into the mix. The more grand, epic sound of this EP bodes well for future releases and sounds great on this one.

Summary

Despite releasing between 20 and 40 minutes worth of music every few months, for the past 2 years, Mesarthim show little sign of slowing down. Type III is the group's best offering of their trademarked blend of atmospheric metal and blackened nihilism to date. If you're new to this group, it is a great starting point, but their whole catalogue is deserving of your attention as well.

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.