Mesmur - Terrene

Dark veiled guitars and obscure synths of an early Dead Can Dance occult atmosphere open the album. The ritual drums march on as the riff spreads its wings to something out of this world. What I am listening to is an acoustic theme coming from a mixture of cold wave with post rock. Suddenly a really very low-tuned distorted guitar followed by the bass coming from afar perform a Thergothon worship riff of ultra heaviness. Encoffination is the other band that crossed my mind. Chaotic and spacey synths back up the low end growls. The drums have a very significant role here in keeping everything together either with the doom sounding snare or with the punishing slow double bass. Feedback from the speakers is purposely used as an extra instrument. In the middle of the song a synth performed theme sounding as something between space and psalm and a minor chords playing guitar enhance the desperation and worthlessness of what is unveiling secret beauty. Flute and cello additions work for the benefit of the atmosphere and get the song closer to the classical and folk aesthetics. The spoken word is desperate in early My Dying Bride ways, but way too slower... The distorted riff continues the ritual until the end. That was 'Terra Ishtar'.

'Babylon' begins with 70's prog synths, slow heavy riffs and cello to make it dramatic. Disembowelment crossed my mind in this one. The vocals low and slow are inspired by the mighty Finnish death metal scene. Overtones from the instruments and weird noises and effects are saved by the perfect drumming. It amazes me the way Mesmur change their depressive moods withing the song. Everything is depressive here, but there are many variations of it; desperation, anger, hopelessness, paranoia... It is really noteworthy how Mesmur play with sensitive differences of the same emotion. The orchestration is absolutely dreamy and magnificent. Mesmur have the ability to transfer the listener into their cosmos. Synth backings are very important in this nightmarish journey.

'Eschaton' is maybe the more My Dying Bride (of their before "The Angel And The Dark River" period) song in the album. It's the riff's progress and the cello/synth that enhance this feeling. The early death metal vibe of the song doesn't surpass the doominess and brutality of Mesmur's low end chaos. Background guitars are left to noise again in the middle of the song before another acoustic part breaks in. The snare sounds like nailing a coffin and the whispers above the exceptional dark wave/cold wave guitar/synth melodies are followed by a haunting cello.

In 'Caverns Of Edimmu' I would love the bass somewhat higher because it is absolutely necessary here since it actually keeps the whole song together. The funeral doom of Mesmur is chaotic with distorted guitars and feedback. The soundtrack vibe of the song is excellent and carries the listener away. After the 10th minute (all 4 songs of the album exceed 10 minutes length) the prog synth backing (King Crimson and early Pink Floyd are watching from their thrones) and the cello melody blew my mind. So sad, so depressing, but at the same time so hauntingly magical.

On their 3rd full length album, Mesmur release an excellent dramatic funeral doom work with influences from cold wave, dark wave, gothic and generally whatever that hurts (as Tiamat once said in their 1994 magnum opus "Wildhoney"). The melodies and harmonies of Mesmur are dramatic in the whole album with the synths and cello doing a great job in that. Early 90's doom/death fans and funeral doom fans kneel and proceed.


1. Terra Ishtar
2. Babylon
3. Eschaton
4. Caverns Of Edimmu