Mesarthim
The Degenerate Era


3.5
great

Review

by Brandon N. USER (157 Reviews)
August 11th, 2020 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: black metal! at the disco

Along with Violet Cold, the last few years have seen Mesarthim bring the fusion of black metal and trance music to the surface of the black metal underground. Though they are far from the first to create music like this, (see: Cradle of Filth's "Dance Macabre", and Russian black metal act All The Cold) they are certainly the most prominent and easily the best to perform this oddball collision of sounds. Utilizing black metal's inherent malleability - a trait purists will deny until you can see their red cheeks through their ill-applied corpsepaint - tracks like the fittingly titled "Paradox" see Mesarthim layering streams of tremolo riffage atop warm, lush synth backdrops to create something unrelenting in both its heaviness, and its beauty. The rest of the album follows suit, and if there's one complaint that can be levied against the record, it's just that it can be a bit too familiar with itself at times. This however is small price to pay in the face of such catchy and frankly gorgeous music. Neither the black metal nor the trance elements seem to fight for the spotlight, Mesarthim doing an admirable job at balancing the two genres in a way that highlights the best of both worlds, sometimes apart, sometimes simultaneously, but always masterfully. The Degenerate Era has found a new way to make black metal divisive and controversial, and if you find yourself one its fans on the dancefloor, be careful not to slip on the tears of those who find themselves wishing this didn't exist.



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TheSpirit
August 11th 2020


28988 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i have liked the odd song or two from these guys before, but i really dug this one

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parksungjoon
August 11th 2020


39320 Comments


fire in the disco

fire in the taco bell

deathofasalesman
August 11th 2020


7896 Comments


this sounds interesting, i'm not kvlt enough to not give it a try

great review, right to the point

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TheSpirit
August 11th 2020


28988 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hey thank you, I appreciate that :] let me know what you think when guy

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
August 11th 2020


16231 Comments


Underrated act on sput.

DungeonBoy
August 11th 2020


8683 Comments


interesting, i'd say they are properly rated. 3.5 or lower sounds about right to me personally, but I will admit this isn't quite my cup of tea

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deathofasalesman
August 11th 2020


7896 Comments


it's not on spotify yet, but man these guys have a great sound. wish i had heard about them sooner! 5 years ago this would've been a top-tier jam for me

TheSpirit
August 12th 2020


28988 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah I could definitely see myself liking this a bit more when I was younger as well

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
August 12th 2020


17129 Comments


The mix of styles made me curious. I'm gonna take a peek.

Nice short review Spirit.

TheSpirit
August 19th 2020


28988 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thank u

Hawks
May 3rd 2021


75358 Comments


Digging this a lot but def not his best release. Still brings the techno bm jams ahrd. m/

parksungjoon
May 3rd 2021


39320 Comments


the latest brii release is a crazy mix of techno and bm

Hawks
May 3rd 2021


75358 Comments


Gonna have to czech. m/



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