Distributor/label: Pagan Records
Distributor/label URL: http://www.paganrecords.com.pl/
Buy Album [URL]: http://www.pagan-records.com/webshop/shoper5/pl/p/MORDASTIGMATA-Our-Hearts-Slow-Down-CD-digipack/8914
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/mordastigmata?fref=ts
Golem XIV – Guitar
Static – Guitar
DQ – Drums
Ion – Bass, Vocals
1. The Mantra of Anguish
2. Those Above
3. Our Hearts Slow Down
From the cover of this album, my first impression was this band have a taste for early 20th century arthouse cinema – a place where there is many a morose story to tell and can be laced with all kinds of themes such as the occult. And from listening to the fourth studio album from Polish post black metallers Mord’A’Strigmata, I can safely conclude this is one heck of an avant-garde piece.
For anyone who is getting bored of the same old clichés of black metal and wants something new and fresh which would draw in fans from all areas of dark music, then OUR HEARTS SLOW DOWN is a worthy purchase.
The opening track ‘The Mantra of Anguish’ begins with a traditional black metal drone with vocals reminiscent of Primordial, but it then takes a turn for the surreal and darkwave which had me thinking about Clan of Xymox and the like more than once. Something that will have lots of heads turning on the avant-garde circuit.
Second track ‘Those Above’ has some oddly tuned chords which screamed ‘subversive’ right in my face, for this band really do seem to want to stand out from the rest. The cover photography and the extended length of these three songs just breathed a personal and original take on an area of music that is suffering from staleness and mediocrity as much as the next metal subgenre.
Final piece ‘Our Hearts Slow Down’ really lives up to its title for it fuses doom metal and chugging moroseness. Presumably it is the epilogue of the arty trip Mord’A’Stigmata have taken us on, but because it is the shortest song, clocking in at over 5 minutes, I did wonder if it had been placed in the wrong order. It would have served as a good opening for the album and set the listener up for the musical novellas that make up this album.
Nevertheless it is the kinds of black metal I’d expect Alejandro Jadorowsky to come up with if he turned to music. This is a surreal piece so check it out if you have a keen taste for the weird and wonderful.