Conjurer
Mire


4.0
excellent

Review

by Chamberbelain CONTRIBUTOR (190 Reviews)
March 14th, 2018 | 43 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Potentially the best metal debut album of 2018

Hype always affects the way in which people interpret an album or anything for that matter. Hence why it’s sometimes best to limit or reign-in any presumptions of an album before it is released, however, you can’t help but hope a band- especially one who is releasing their debut album- lives up to the hype the media has branded them with. Moreover, going by how Holy Roar Records appear to churn out exciting, fresh bands and albums like it’s the most natural thing in the world, the odds were always in favour of Conjurer successfully living up to the skyrocketing levels of hype surrounding them.

Already, Conjurer has been unanimously defined as a band that sounds like a bleak, sludgy, viscous mixture of all their influences after being put through a blender and, at face value, that statement is entirely true. They cherry pick various styles which other bands have mastered such as the bludgeoning rhythms of Gojira, the cohesive anguish of The Black Dahlia Murder and the meaty tone of Crowbar and blend those styles to create their own brand. Luckily, Conjurer’s ability to bind these styles together so successfully is what makes “Mire” such a cohesive success rather than sounding like the band is simply impersonating their influences. This also makes them a difficult band to pigeonhole into a single genre because rather than move from genre to genre to express different moods, they use the techniques in which those various genres are defined by to keep their songs dynamic.

“Thankless” displays this subtle method best. Black metal, hardcore, melodic death metal and sludge are all present here but it’s the techniques each genre is known for Conjurer uses that connects the dots as they move from genre to genre. Scraping riffs and calamitous drumming establish a sense of immediacy (one that is present throughout most of the album) to begin with, soon after clean vocals emerge which, thanks to the brilliant mixing, sound like they are a mere echo beneath Dan and Brady’s slathering growls before murky, watery melodies increase boil into an eruption of discordant stomps. “Of Flesh Weaker Than Ash” is a stand-out in terms of cohesion and dynamism too, where suspicious melodies twist back and forth from malicious riffs and dominant shouts to wary, controlled movements while always retaining a dark atmosphere.

Conjurer gives ample time for these transitions to manifest which strengthens the cohesion of “Mire”, nevertheless, the direction the songs proceed in is predictable at times. “Mire” illustrates a maddening sense of urgency, highlighted by how the stabbing guitars and huge breakdowns poke at “Retch”, ultimately provoking it to lash out with brutal sledgehammer-to-the-face at its conclusion. Tracks such as “Retch”, “The Mire” are capable of amazing but lack a certain sense of surprise that Conjurer is capable of conjuring, as illustrated in their brazen EP ““I”” two years ago.

That being said, the moments where you begin to question Conjurer’s brilliance are sparse and can be brushed off immediately when reminded that “Mire” is a monstrous statement of intent. Its production job sounds suffocating without feeling suffocating and overall, “Mire” introduces an unerringly tight, punishingly heavy, and above all endlessly dynamic sound that bludgeons the assembled masses with a gargantuan wall of savage, stunning noise intertwined with subtle moments of fragility, desperation and catharsis. This Midlands-based quartet may have unleashed the best debut album of 2018.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
JS19
March 14th 2018


6628 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The review the album deserved. Nice job mate

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botb
March 14th 2018


11769 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I liked this a lot on first listen but on the second the flaws started to really stick out to me but it’s still a good debut

Sinternet
March 14th 2018


16932 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

heard a few tracks off this and it seemed tight af

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Papa Universe
March 14th 2018


16637 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

bumped the rating, cause this rips magnificently

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 14th 2018


8768 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This review is magnificent, gonna check the album : ]

evilford
March 14th 2018


41772 Comments


heard this is good, will also be checkin

CaptainDooRight
March 15th 2018


2421 Comments


enjoyed the first few tracks I heard

Hawks
March 20th 2018


58663 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So yeah this is amazing.

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MarsKid
March 21st 2018


7086 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Erdve is better, but this is another great release of similar quality. Metal is knocking it out of the park this year and it ain't even halfway over.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 22nd 2018


8768 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Metal is knocking it out of the part this year and it ain't even halfway over.





Hell. We're still in the first quarter.

mindleviticus
March 24th 2018


9508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah this is absolutely amazing

Evok
March 31st 2018


7224 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

shit bangs hard

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teamster
April 1st 2018


2990 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lots of genre tags for this monster debut and they all seamlessly work together, lush and fluidly. Production is perfect. Excellent review and thanks.

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trilogique21
April 2nd 2018


1911 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sounds rad gotta peep this



edit: great stuff might become a 4 in time

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DDDeftoneDDD
April 3rd 2018


1695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fuck yeah guys m/ was enjoying a lot this 1st listen, but getting kinda sleepy (in a good way, not a bored one) and then these dudes just gave me fuckin Retch m/m/m/ watta debut!

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trilogique21
April 3rd 2018


1911 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice dig mang lord mantis rules

DDDeftoneDDD
April 4th 2018


1695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah man...I really like that one to. Music with no brakes there, probably today will check the last release.



This one though, I listened to it 2 more times back at home, and I simply love it...so many different vibes in here, varied sound, slight melodies in some tracks. All contributing to create a single id. Loving this.

DDDeftoneDDD
April 4th 2018


1695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Easy bump for me. Here we go.

SUCH A FUCKING CUUUUUURSE!!!

DDDeftoneDDD
April 6th 2018


1695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

damn dudes, just love how Choke connects to Hollow, for me that's just one song m/

bloc
April 10th 2018


51339 Comments


Damn this album's heavier than a pair of double J titties, thanks for the rec Def : )

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