Power of Metal.dk Review

Style: Avantgarde Black Metal
Release date: 29 November, 2013
Playing time: 47:13

As you are probably aware, I'm don't like true black metal. I think it's ugly music, and not in a cool way. When Norwegian black metal began to transform into something much more exciting during the nineties, I was pleased of course. Arcturus in particular, and Varg Vikernes' 'Dauši Baldrs' (even if the man's political opinions were highly dodgy) I changed my view on some of protagonists of the most horrenduos metal genre ever, none barred, as the so-called avantgarde made headway and became a genre in itself.

Now, there have been many good and many less fortunate attempts at keeping the avantgarde or post black metal genre alive since the nineties. Although Polish Mord'A'Stigmate have been around for almost a decade, I haven't heard about them before, and to be frank, their latest release, 'Ansia', doesn't make me regret this fact.

Although the 13 minute plus album opener Inkaust has a very promising, melancholy and atmospheric start, this is soon replaced by monotony. The drone of the vocals which represent no variation at all, the almost constant use of the double bass drums and the uninventive use of the keyboards. All in all an utterly dull, however well-played experience.

1. Inkaust
2. Shattered Vertebrae of the Zodiac
3. Pregressed
4. Praefatio Pro Defunctis
5. Ansia


Label: Pagan Records
Distribution: Pagan Records
Artwork rating: 60/100
Reviewed by: Thomas Nielsen
Date: 7 February, 2014
Website: Mord'A'Stigmata @facebook