|Review: Mistur - Attende|
Label: Einheit Produktionen
Year released: 2009
Genre: Viking Metal
Review online: November 22, 2009
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
The moment I started listening to Attende, I liked it, and this album just got better with subsequent listens. Attende is Mistur's debut full-length. These Norwegians have recruited no one else than Windir's guitar player, Strom, to complete the excellent line-up counting six musicians.
Mistur possess very good songwriting skills and the musicians are talented, so the result could only be very enjoyable. Great Nordic music from beginning to end awaits the listener. Mistur are no copycat and are well capable of creating their own type of music, blending together elements of Black and Viking Metal to form a nicely melodic, as well as punchy, type of extreme music. The crunchy riffing, pounding drums and kicking rhythm section are balanced out by frequent musical breaks. Many of those are of calmer moods, although nothing cheesy is to be heard here. Clean arpeggios, piano and some acoustic passages simply increase the harmonies to the proper level. The keyboards play a major role in setting the atmosphere throughout this opus. They are often symphonic without being overwhelming, and the keys perfectly add strength to the overall sound. What I really enjoyed was the fact that the keyboards were frequently bringing a cool haunted feel to their structure. Attende came in as a pleasant surprise even though I actually knew one of their songs, "Skoddefjellet", for having heard it on a Metal Message compilation.
Once again, a great Nordic release with lots of great music. To name just a few good compositions: "Svartsyn", "Armod" (acoustic guitars), "Mistur"(great melancholic instrumental piece), the dramatic "Skoddefjellet" and the ghostly epic long-lasting pleasure title track.
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