Miroist – Guitars, Bass, Drums Programming, Programming
1. Hope For A Long Free Mean Path
2. Lumen Suum Reiecta
4. It Seemed So Distant…
5. The Closing Of Your Eye
6. Are We Leaden Yet?
7. And Symmetry Has Finally Broken Us
8. There Is Still Time
9. An Arcsecond Among Pioneers
10. …It Always Was
Djent seems to be yet another of metal’s subgenres that just can’t help but polarise opinion. As a genre borne of bedroom guitarist’s love for MESHUGGAH’s off-kilter grooves and the spaced-out ambience of post-rock and shoegaze, it follows the divisive trend set brokered by the dawn of the widely-accessible internet – some people dig the genre; others decry it.
For the most part, it demonstrates yet another future for metal music – the techniques involved in both performing and creating this music are incredible, whilst the merger of heavy, groove-orientated riffs with reverb-soaked cleans and melodies showcases a broadening of horizons and an encompassing of music’s other qualities in dynamism and timbre. A particular example comes through the vocals. So what happens when there are no vocals to hand? Step forward MIROIST.
A one-man London-based project, MIROIST came into existence in 2011 before releasing the well-received “The Pledge” EP – a beacon of technicality and melodicism; rhythm and reverb, which set the anticipation levels high for the debut album. Fortunately “Curve” is a worthy successor to its EP brother and a fine debut. Where PERIPHERY songs can border on relentless technical riffs (almost for the sake of being technical), MIROIST strikes a balance between technical, chugging and ambient riffs that form meticulously crafted songs. “The Closing Of Your Eye” and “Are We Leaden Yet?” exemplify the balance; breathing whilst meandering and exploring the sonic landscape, yet the grooves and off-kilter rhythms have an near-hypnotic feel that implores listening further.
It’s both a heavy listen as well as a cathartic experience – more often than not, djent and even progressive metal as a wider subgenre focuses a little too much on the brutal, the technical and the esoteric. “Curve” doesn’t and instead feels like it is focused on the more basic, yet more powerful element of emotion. Where songs like the above and “An Arcsecond Among Pioneers” succeed is in their density and melodicism that combine to forge a substantial emotional depth.
It’s not without its faults, though. Occasionally the bass just feels lost – there are times you feel its presence punctuating the heavier grooves, but then it disappears into the mix – whilst the drums feel like there could be greater use from a drummer’s input. Additionally, some passages feel like they labour on too long where they could have been trimmed down to progress the song further, however this would likely prove detrimental to the overarching theme of “major events and how they alter our trajectory through life”. Nevertheless, these cannot detract from the fact that “Curve” is a outstanding debut for MIROIST.
If you enjoy your instru-metal progressive, djent-like with swathes of ambient and post-rock leanings to wash over you as drop-tuned grooves slam the eardrums, then this is for you. As MIROIST has said, the one-man band concept in djent seems to have become relatively common place recently, but with debuts like this you can be sure he’ll stand tall amongst other acts.
Get this man a live band.