Against The Plagues – Purified Through Devastation4th December 2015
Valborg – Romantik10th December 2015
Label: Metal Scrap / Release Date: April 23rd, 2015
It has been a while since I got my hands on a decent Gothic Metal album. Not that I am complaining, Zoka is far better versed within this genre, and is by far better both at describing it and enjoying it. Nevertheless, I still got to listen to Mizantropia’s second full-length release, the translated title of which being Oblivion (please note that I call it its translated title, since it actually is in their native language, Ukranian – which my keyboard cannot copy, curse my lack of computer skills). The quintet are often referred to as an ‘Extreme Gothic Metal band’, due to their heavy use of both traditional symphonic melodies, accompanied by a female lead, yet also coupled with deep, distorted growls (from the same singer even, as far as I can tell). They have used this particular recipe in order to create all eleven tracks present, of which only three are in English. The rest are (yes, you have guessed it) in Ukranian, which works surprisingly well with the growling parts in particular. Granted, I did not understand a word of what was being expressed, but the feelings of despair and hopelessness shines through quite clearly just the same. Having been around for twelve years at the time of this being written, the years have definitely not been wasted as the band has clearly gathered themselves a significant amount of experience, both through releasing a grand total of two records, two EP’s and a Single as well as through (as far as I could gather), some touring. And if tracks such as ”Tomorrow Never Comes” is a precursor of what I can expect to come, I will definitely be keeping my eyes on Mizantropia. Oh, and as an added bonus, the tenth track with the translated title ”Insomnia”, is apparently a cover of some Russian Pop artist. Some of you might get a giggle out of that.