Misþyrming - Algleymi (2019)


Taking the world by surprise with their incisive debut release “Söngvar elds og óreiðu”, this Icelandic outfit returns with “Algleymi”. With four years between releases, Misþyrming has had a chance to hone their craft through intense live performances and deliver 46 minutes of the best and most innovative Black Metal we have heard in 2019. Pushing the boundaries while staying true to their raw nature, this release is even better than the band’s debut.

The album kicks off with the crushing “Orgia”, a track with the intensity and viciousness of the band’s debut release. As “Með svipur á lofti” rolls in, we start to notice the band’s new melodic tendencies, which nicely enhance their devastating sound. The band’s sound is greatly enhanced as they at times and Black’n’Roll-ish in songs like the hypnotizing “Ísland, steingelda krummaskuð” and the brilliant “Hælið”. Both of these tracks are quirky and particularly the later has a certain twangy vibe to it that is hard to describe, but makes you want to listen to it over and over again.

Reminding us of bands like Satyricon and Glorior Belli, “Og er haustið líður undir lok” is our favorite track in this release thanks to its catchy jamming session in the last couple of minutes. Another brilliant song is the darker and more complex, “Allt sem eitt sinn blómstraði”, which is both sinister and melodic at the same time, showcasing the band’s versatility and musical evolution. Before closing down the release, the band unleashes the vicious “Alsæla”, one of their heavier and more elaborate songs to date, with furiously fast guitars and punishing intensity.

As a whole, “Algleymi” is one hell of an album that features one band’s Black Metal musical journey outside of all stereotypes. Through eight brilliant tracks, Misþyrming showcases that their debut release was not a fluke and that they have plenty of talent to further improve their craft. If you like Black Metal that is both vicious and intense, while having a certain melodic edge, this is the release for you. Highly recommended for fans of bands like Vanum, Délétère, and Dodecahedron.

Bands: Misþyrming Album: Algleymi

Label: Norma Evangelium Diaboli

Release: May 24th, 2019

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Genre: Black Metal

Country: Iceland

Rating: 97/100

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