The Mire
Volume: I


4.0
excellent

Review

by Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration USER (56 Reviews)
September 28th, 2010 | 15 replies | 6,085 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Post-metal, minus the bull.

Every genre of metal (and most music, for that matter) has its highs and lows, with the highs being the glory days in which classic album after classic album are pushed out, and its lows being the time when everyone adopts the popular term, _____ is dead. This is when the genre is dominated by innumerable myspace bands that rip off each other, the aforementioned classic albums, and themselves. Post-metal is one of those genres whose glory days (Panopticon, Through Silver and Blood, etc.) are behind it. There are still breathtaking albums released every year, but these few albums by already respected artists are drowned out by the legions of boring ones. But, in this obscenely large sea of mediocrity, there always exist a few under-the-radar post-metal gems. UK-based sludge/post-metal band The Mire is one of them.

Their debut EP/demo, Vol. I, is an extremely short one by the genre's standards. With two songs measuring at about 6 minutes each, this is far off from the 10-20 minute epics that are so common with post-metal nowadays. But I promise you, by the end of these 12 minutes, you will be completely satisfied. For this is not just sludge/post with a shorter duration: all the needless bullcrap that the genre is notorious for has been done away with. Gone are the overlong sections of mindless amp and effects wankery; over are the “epic” 10-minute buildups. There is no pretentiousness here, leaving only 12 minutes of unadulterated sludgy goodness for the considerable enjoyment of the listener.

Both tracks follow a single theme or riff the whole way through, but keep it interesting with vocal variations and beautiful loud-quiet dynamics. The raw-sounding Wheelwalker is the more standard (though by no means bad/boring) of the two, with a simple yet annoyingly catchy three-chord riff being the song's focal point. The vocals range from a hardcore-ish yell/bark to a beautiful clean voice, but these vocal dynamics are utilized even more prominently in the second, slightly shorter track on the demo. Fears showcases a huge range of styles, from breathtaking passages of clean vocal beauty layered over mountains and chasms of distortion, to an absolutely skull-crushing, sludgetastic main riff that leaves their wannabe peers in the dust, and is akin to early Isis on steroids.

This album is not a classic by any means, as the sound is not quite original enough to be absolutely breathtaking, but this British band certainly has the capacity to make one when full-length debut Vol. II drops. But for now, we can all enjoy this stripped-down, behemoth of a demo. Do yourself a favor, and as soon as possible, plunge yourself headfirst into these 12 minutes of sludgegasmic beauty. You will be satisfied, or your money back (I mean, I really will refund the album if you don't like it. {probably not}).



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wyankeif1337
September 28th 2010



6739 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Check this out, it really is good stuff.

pizzamachine
September 28th 2010



12568 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes it is.

wyankeif1337
September 28th 2010



6739 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Oh yeah, also, this used to have one of the Bossk guys. He left last year, though.

pizzamachine
September 29th 2010



12568 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Man, I'm surprised that Sputnik isn't jumping on this album.

sexpoi
September 29th 2010



597 Comments


sounds pretty interesting...is it more sludgy or more post-metal?

wyankeif1337
September 29th 2010



6739 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Like post-metal without the soft parts. Not completely sludge though

xist
September 30th 2010



171 Comments


It's also a free download....

http://www.eyesofsound.com/label/downloads.php

wyankeif1337
September 30th 2010



6739 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Oh yeah, forgot to mention that. That's where I got it.

EvilCashew
November 8th 2010



129 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sounds good, I'll have to check this out.

kangaroopoo
January 16th 2011



3175 Comments


really like their sound

Spineless
April 13th 2011



63 Comments


fuck after reading yours my review seems hella similar.. fantastic band though

MrxSelfxDestruct
April 14th 2011



494 Comments


You convinced me to pick this up, and damn, am I impressed

cb123
December 4th 2011



1959 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

liked vol II a bunch so had to pick this up, these guys have plenty of promise for sure

cb123
December 4th 2011



1959 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

probably should have checked that these werent on vol II....which they are....but still two crackin tracks

MrxSelfxDestruct
January 30th 2012



494 Comments


Yeah, for anyone else, just go pick up Volume: II



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