Another day, another critically adored one-man black metal project from the USA. And yes, this one is also fantastic.
Pronounced ‘Mizmor’, which is Hebrew for ‘psalm’, this is a beautiful, terrifying black metal project. Dealing in concepts such as the absurd and nihilism, and utterly oozing a suffocating atmosphere, Mizmor’s latest album (Cairn) was endlessly praised and made many 2019 Best Of lists. And rightfully so, it’s a work of art.
Mizmor masterfully entwines black metal with doom and drone to add further to the sense of suffocation and foreboding that the unsuspecting listener might experience.
The guitars will shift from the ice-cold, sharp sounds of black metal, to a thunderous, low, almost sludgy sinister groove. It’s this shift and spectrum of sound that make Mizmor such an enthralling listen. There’s no single lane to be followed. The listener is thrown between all manner of extreme influences. But never once does it feel chaotic or eclectic for the sake of it.
Mizmor is a deliberate, calculated, and considered sojourn through a monstrous hybrid of extreme genres. This is not such much a steady flow, but a riptide, relentless and smothering. The end result is incredibly exciting black metal from a. Amazingly talented musician.