The Mire
Volume: II


4.5
superb

Review

by Spineless USER (1 Reviews)
April 13th, 2011 | 32 replies | 8,421 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Warning: church burnings should be carried out at your own risk.

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

I’ve always disliked bands that shove messages down your throat. Music should not come pre-packaged with a dress code or ideological syllabus. It should be enjoyed first and foremost as music; which is why the above disclaimer in The Mire’s ‘anti-Christmas’ ep package stands as a bit of a turn-off. Of course, hindsight has completely reversed my opinion because the music is fucking tremendous.

Out of the ashes of Bossk and Centurion rise a four-piece post-metal outfit whose members are certainly no stranger to a distinctly sludgy sound. Indeed, those acquainted with the genre will recognise the dissonant guitars, heavy riffs and raspy growls. What is left out, however, is the atmospheric wankery, repetitive drum fills and unnecessary build-ups. In 27 minutes The Mire cut off all the fat and get straight to the point… and that point sounds exceedingly good.

That’s not to say the groundwork isn’t there. Tracks like “Wheelwalker” and the more progressive “Fears” prove that The Mire can and do craft some crushingly evil sounding riffs. Even the groovy, almost technical number, “The Rift” has a strong post-metal vibe that could sit undeterred alongside most of Cult of Luna’s or Isis’s back catalogue. The Mire’s core sound is definitively sludgy, but that’s not what makes it a compelling listen. The album’s main strength is in its melody. From the redemptive chorus of “The Rift” to the vocal layering at the end of “Fears”, front-man Robin Urbino’s haunting voice helps carve The Mire a distinctly unique sound. This is no more apparent than in opener “The Nobleman”, where melancholic vocals weave gloriously amongst a solitary piano line and a sombre set of strings.

Yet it is when The Mire combine both elements that the band really shines. Album highlight “Shadows” exemplifies this perfectly, showcasing an impressive blend of instrumentation, soaring vocal passages and a perfectly-paced guitar solo. This juxtaposition is sustained throughout most of the ep, characterising the disc’s most complex and memorable songs. Unfortunately the flailing, two minute intermission, “Curse Variations” feels like mid-section filler as it is not interesting enough to stand as an acoustic interlude and not long enough to hold as a standalone track. Yet this is a minor discrepancy. In just 27 minutes, The Mire have formulated a tight and extremely polished set of songs that stand out in an already blisteringly successful year for metal; a testament to Urbino’s production skills no doubt, considering the thing was recorded by himself, in a basement.

The Mire’s sophomore effort is a definitive ‘must-listen’ not just for fans of the genre, but for fans of metal in general. It is a stellar release from a group that is certainly one to watch… in between cautious bouts of faith-related arson.

Recommendations:

Shadows
The Rift
Wheelwalker


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Spineless
April 13th 2011



63 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Shadows: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNoPzNoua5M

kangaroopoo
April 13th 2011



3175 Comments


quality review and album, awesome vocal melodies in Shadows + The Rift

djunior
April 13th 2011



743 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

sweeet, this needed a review. solid stuff.
volume I is good too

Digging: Curses - Call the Doctor

Spineless
April 14th 2011



63 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah more people really need to hear this, no excuse really as all the songs are on myspace

cb123
August 25th 2011



2002 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sweet album, would probably be a good place to start for those looking to step into post-metal

Transcend
August 27th 2011



361 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

THis is an excellent album. Great review.

cb123
October 6th 2011



2002 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

that riff in "the rift" is the tits

MrxSelfxDestruct
January 30th 2012



495 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Shit warms the soul, love this album. Drowning in sludge

botb
April 18th 2012



9631 Comments


the fucking riffs

Shuyin
December 10th 2012



11426 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fucking amazing!

Digging: Integral - Sercosa

CrimsonLies
December 31st 2012



2018 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So I heard this was fucking amazing

Gmork89
January 28th 2013



5502 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is really good.

Shuyin
January 29th 2013



11426 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

youre all right

wacknizzle
January 29th 2013



12896 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Jamz hard, I should probably listen to this more, it's been a hot minute.

Digging: Racebannon - Satan's Kickin' Yr Dick In

Gmork89
January 29th 2013



5502 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Its sad it's so short though.

Shadows is so damn good.

Drummerboy123
January 29th 2013



2330 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haven't been able to stop listening to these guys today.

Pumped for Glass Cathedrals!

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Shuyin
January 29th 2013



11426 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this next album release is the best news ive had since mouth of the architect scheduled their newest for july

2013 is gonna be ridiculously awesome

Shuyin
March 5th 2013



11426 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

that riff at the beginning of shadows m/m/ m/

FearThyEvil
March 26th 2013



12471 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't understand the summary for this at all but the album rules.

FearThyEvil
May 11th 2013



12471 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"You are a grain of sand, in an ocean of math there must be a map." Absolutely love that lyric



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