Mistur
Attende


4.0
excellent

Review

by B R A N D O N S C O T T USER (103 Reviews)
January 12th, 2010 | 39 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Horribly underrated '09 Black Metal

It is always a great tragedy when a integral member of a legendary band passes on to the next life. What can most times make this even worse, is when the passing is sudden and seemingly comes out of the blue. This is the kind of death that can be said about Windir main man Valfar, who in 2004 perished due to an instense case of hypothermia, leaving behind a spectacular legacy of creating some of the best folk influenced black metal to ever be heard. While Windir is now gone just as its frontman, ex-Windir lead guitarist Stian Bakketeig now leads a band who could very well fill the shoe's left by his old group, with his new folk black metal project Mistur. Their debut Attende treads the same folk/viking influenced black metal as Windir, but even in it's young stages shows potential to surpass the former.

Attende's overall success as an album can no doubt be attributed to its being an extremely dynamic record. Throughout the entirety of the album, Mistur displays their skill of seamlessly combining different elements of folk, viking and black metal into mature, well-written tracks. For instance, second track "Svartsyn" begins as scathing 90's influenced black metal, later parts in the song start to include much more of a folk tone, especially during the bridge which features excellent atmospheric keyboard work and haunting female vocals. It does not stop there however, with track Armod perfectly synchronizing a neo-classical piano lead over stand black metal dissonant guitar, then going into a Norse folk-inspired breakdown complete with lightly strummed acoustic guitars over melodic clean vocals courtesy of keyboardist Espen Bakketeig. Each song features its own quirks, whether it be the aforementioned tracks or any other of the five songs on the album.

The musicianship on Attende is also a paramount factor in what makes the album so enjoyable. Mistur while not going overboard, bring a much more technical approach to their style of black metal. Guitarists André Raunehaug and Stian Bakketeig do an exceptional job of balancing out harsh guitar lines against, softer interludes, such as in title track Attende where tremolo picked guitar lines seamlessly transition to clean strummed guitar and then back. Stian Bakketeig in particular stands out with several songss incorporating smooth, fluid neo-classical solos, a rarity in black metal. Drummer Kenneth Mellum also does a fantastic job, going from insane blast-beats in some songs, to slower paced almost progressive influenced drum-lines in others. Vocally, lead singer Odne has a more mid ranged rasped as opposed to the genre high pitched vocal standard, but it still fits the music all the same. While his vocals are nothing great in particular, they are still adequate and do not detract from the quality of the music whatsoever. While each member greatly contributes on Attende, keyboardist Espen Bakketeig's playing definitely stands out above the rest. His playing throughout the album is impeccable, with it be the background atmospherics on Skoddefjellet, the synth break on Svartsyn or even the lead piano on Armod. Also, he is responsible for the wonderful clean vocals on the record, which instead are instead of the usually deep voiced chants, a higher ranged, possibly even hard rock voice that surprisingly suits the music very well.

Overall, Attende is an album that should be looked into by anyone who was a fan of Windir. While the band shares similarities, Mistur even on their debut are on the verge of becoming a classic group in their own right. Attende shows the band only in the finest light, a light that even the departed Valfar would be proud of to have been shining on him.



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TheSpirit
January 12th 2010


18002 Comments


I might add/change the conclusion later, but i'm pretty happy with this.

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Hawks
January 12th 2010


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Another good review dude. Album sounds great.

TheSpirit
January 12th 2010


18002 Comments


Thanks, and yeah the album slays dude, when you get your PC fixed d/l it for sure.

Hawks
January 12th 2010


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I will definitely do that. I really like Windir so I'm sure I'll like this.

TheSpirit
January 12th 2010


18002 Comments


Yeah, if you liked Windir you'd love this.

Ponton
Emeritus
January 12th 2010


5819 Comments


Very good review. I have yet to listen to Windir.

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TheSpirit
January 12th 2010


18002 Comments


Thank you! And yes, Windir is essential check them out ASAP

Ponton
Emeritus
January 12th 2010


5819 Comments


I'm hesistant when it comes to black metal - except Hidden In The Fog. I'm slowly getting into it though, but I'm picky.

TheSpirit
January 12th 2010


18002 Comments


Windir is pretty accessible. But its good your slowly easing yourself into it as opposed to going straight into the hardcore stuff and burning yourself out.

Wizard
January 12th 2010


19641 Comments


with several songss

You know what I'm going to correct you on here hahaha

Damn good review. Obviously this sounds sick and I will check out in time.


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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
January 12th 2010


16478 Comments


Still haven't heard this.

Ponton
Emeritus
January 12th 2010


5819 Comments


Hmm, from what I've read this review seems spot on. Good find man, we needed this.

TheSpirit
January 12th 2010


18002 Comments


@Wizard- Thanks for the review comment! And haha "songss"

@Crysis- Whenever you get down to it, it'll be worth your time i promise

@Observer- Glad you find the review matches with the album! I wish i could say i was first to find this band, but i'm pretty sure that honor goes to Zoo.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
January 12th 2010


16478 Comments


Yeah I heard about this album some months ago but for some reason I procrastinated in listening to it.

Wizard
January 12th 2010


19641 Comments


I know, I heard about this today and have been procrastinating for the past half-hour on giving this a go hahahaha.

Ponton
Emeritus
January 12th 2010


5819 Comments


So I guess I should listen to Windir first though. Are they as good as the rating distribution indicates for their albums?


TheSpirit
January 12th 2010


18002 Comments


haha well get on it man!

TheSpirit
January 12th 2010


18002 Comments


It really doesnt matter if it's this before Windir or vice- versa and yeah they are as good as their ratings say

Ponton
Emeritus
January 12th 2010


5819 Comments


Haha will do, but it's going to be a while.

TheSpirit
January 12th 2010


18002 Comments


so much good music, not nearly enough time



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