It’s been a long wait since Norway’s MISTUR made its mark on the world with their critically acclaimed debut, Attende. Fortunately, the wait has not been in vain. The band’s latest full-length, In Memoriam, sees MISTUR return with a masterpiece fielding long and layered arrangements, clever melodies and progressive elements mixed with its signature brand of “Sognametal.”
MISTUR was forged in Sogndal, Norway by Espen Bakketeig and Andre Raunehaug, and joined shortly thereafter by Stian Bakketeig (Vreid, ex-Windir, ex-Cor Scorpii). Following just one demo, they landed a deal with Einheit Produktionen, who would release the band’s critically-adored Attende debut in 2009. Apart from some festival shows and a tour however, the band fell dormant for a short time, before the work on the follow up album started.
With new vocalist Oliver Ã˜ien and new drummer Tomas Myklebust, MISTUR is back and more potent than ever bevore. In Memoriam was captured in Conclave and Earshot Studios as well as the band’s private studio, produced by MISTUR mainman Espen Bakketeig, and mixed by Bjørnar E. Nilsen (Black Hole Generator, Vulture Industries). With In Memoriam, MISTUR brings new elements into the sogna metal style without loosing its unique core. The album is a must for all fans of Windir, but will certainly appeal to fans Amon Amarth, Insomnium, and Månegarm.
In a 4/5 review, Sputnik Music elaborates, “the ‘bigger is better,’ or in this case, the ‘grandeur is grander, attitude has been taken into account in more ways than just one with MISTUR‘s latest… Every motif, every change of direction, every placement, all points towards a larger image. The unknown, impending doom induced by MISTUR‘s ruinous forays is magnificent. It may not extend its arms into the realms of pure ingenuity, but In Memoriam is 2016’s Brobdingnagian king.” In an 8/10 rating, Soundscape Magazine concurs, “In Memoriam is a great album, and one you’ll keep wanting to come back to. A highly recommended listen, particularly for those who are fans of Windir,” while Eternal Terror notes in a near-perfect 5.5/6 verdict, “The dark vocals are superb, while the clean version adds to the national-romantic feel of the music, add flawless sound and production, and MISTUR is definitely a force to be reckoned with, and a serious contender to album of the year.” Adds No Clean Singing of the track “Distant Peaks,” specifically, “The song really does sound like the majestic soundtrack to a mythic saga – it’s panoramic, sweepingly powerful, and warlike, and the guitar and keyboard hooks are sharp as scalpels. When the storming pace slows, the music becomes heart-aching, but no less compelling. The tale told in the lyrics fires the blood, too.”
Already issued in Europe late last month via Dark Essence Records, the label will unleash In Memoriam in North America on May 27th, 2016 on CD HERE and digitally HERE. In the meantime, sample “Distant Peaks” below.
In Memoriam Track Listing:
- Distant Peaks
- Firstborn Son
- Matriarch’s Lament
- The Sight
- Tears Of Rememberance