by garas USER (8 Reviews)
May 9th, 2019 | 5 replies

Release Date: 2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The blitz before the warfare.

Mayhem, the band which doesn't need any introduction, always somehow re-wrote, or at least added something new to the concept of black metal with their progressive approach - noone can deny this. This was true to this little EP as well, these two songs brought the first earnests of the upcoming warfare, offering something new and fresh after 7 years of silence back then.

The EP consist, as mentioned before, only two songs: 'Psywar', taken from 'Esoteric Warfare', but with an alternative mastering; and 'From Beyond the Event Horizon' which was recorded back in 2012, in Budapest, when the band had one of its first demoing-songwriting sessions for their 5th album (this song can be found only in this EP).

The overall sound is very similar to the LP (duh): the unorthodox, somehow unpredictable song-structures make this a pleasant listen who like progressive taste in their black metal. But there are some differences, which are coming from the different mix and mastering (everyting is mastered by Teloch): the EP is more shady, sinister but probably more atmospheric. Compared to the LP, the drums and Attila's vocals are a bit less dominant and alltogether what you can hear is slightly more "blunt", or in other words, "less cutting" - if you know what I mean. But this is not bad at all: everyting is well organised and balanced, the whole sound is tight and clean, even the demoed second song - which might have been a huge step forward from 'Ordo ad Chao' back then. I'd like to also highlight the fact that the bass is more audible; especially in 'From Beyond the Event Horizon' adds a lot to the overall atmosphere, moving slowly in the background. Furthermore, of course, we can't overlook the fact: this short EP was Teloch's first appearance with the band. And he did a great job filling Blasphemer's emptied position: he delivered the first foretastes of some exciting riffs, both in technical and atmospheric aspects as well.

To cut it short now, 'Psywar' is just as great as 'Esoteric Warfare': the blitz before warfare which is worthy for a listen - at least just for the song 'From Beyond the Event Horizon'.
Bonus points for the sick artwork.

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May 9th 2019


Album Rating: 3.5

Positive criticism is always welcomed, and please tell if there are any mistakes or murky phrases!

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May 9th 2019


Pos ahrd. m/

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May 9th 2019


I mean I dug Esoteric Warfare so I’m guessing I’ll dig this?


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May 9th 2019


ah and it looks like the first track is on the LP too

really wish it was a rule where the ep’s only contained unique tracks not found on LP’s

May 10th 2019


Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, you can find the 'Psywar' track on the LP too, but I wouldn't say they are the same, due to their different mastering. (I think, I prefer this one)

Btw, stream here:

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