Mizmor
Wit's End


3.4
great

Review

by Robert Garland STAFF
January 17th, 2022 | 29 replies


Release Date: 01/14/2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Neither beginning nor end…

I’d like to think I came to Wit’s End with some life-changing notion in the back of my mind, but these days it’s harder to ignore the rinse/repeat nature that life, specifically mine has become. Now before we run away with the wrong ideas, misconceptions about exactly what point I’m trying to make I need to provide at least some specifics. Mostly, I have it good, or rather I could have it a lot worse; disclaimers about how particular parties might not have access to music, food, shelter or basic human rights could abound—the takeaway here: I’m grateful. Grateful for the support, the basic needs of life and of music; a facet that’s kept me moving forwards over the last decade or so, regardless of the hurdles that would otherwise prevent smooth sailing. It’s important that I bring my mindset up, for doom metal and particularly the Mizmor brand, is music for moods.

Comprising two tracks, each surpassing fourteen minutes, the album shifts through minimal doom-led dirges and anguished reflection before leading the listener down a rabbit-hole of broken kaleidoscope ambience. As a summary, what you’ve just read is reductive and doesn’t really get to the crux of what Wit’s End offers as a complete piece—descriptions running parallel to nugatory similes of an auditory chalkboard of nothingness. Yet, these are perfectly apt descriptors to describe just under thirty minutes of blackened doom that diverges into less extreme territory. That said, the title track is painstakingly minimal. An expectation of crushing riffs wailing off into the distance is replaced by melancholic strumming, gentle tones slowly ebb under vestiges of spoken word before a lumbering, down-trodden rhythm section punches through the near-silence. A.L.N.’s wailing screams speak volume to the mindset of “Wit’s End”, citing the band’s new music as "an ode to all those who adopt superstitious and grandiose beliefs about mankind, its "spirit," and its place within the cosmos”, citing “I've found myself utterly appalled by the increase in willingness and eagerness to accept misinformation, disinformation, alternative facts, conspiracy theorism, cultism, and religiosity in us as a people. I feel this as a depressing weight, having trekked the better part of ten years from Christianity to atheism.” While the perspective is specific, especially in regards to A.L.N. most listeners can find their own trajectory through the motif; whether that’s correlated by mental health, pandemics, or a thousand other scenarios Wit’s End is palpable and molded to our moods with sheer atmospheric tension.

The second of the album’s two tracks, “Pareidolia” is the more formless. Like a whirl of smoke the ambience foundation to which it’s centered flows outward, taking on similar shapes as it ascends into the next and the next and the next… This is not a gripe, but by design “Pareidolia” is a collection of ideas, fracturing in and out of itself while haunting moods clash into well-thought dissonant atmospheres. The effect is unnerving, deliberate and focused into the ever-changing forms to which these ambient progressions take shape.

What Wit’s End lacks as a whole is immediacy, relying instead on its minimalistic tropes to carry the listener from one end to the other, atmosphere in tow. This might make for an introspective, immersive style listen, but unfortunately that doesn’t exactly make Wit’s End the most interesting release. Comprehensively, Mizmor’s latest slab of music does do the job, but when compared to both past Mizmor albums and other records within the genre, Wit’s End doesn’t exactly measure well. Thankfully, Mizmor isn’t likely to give up progressing within their own stylistic framework. In many ways Wit’s End is a frustrating thought composed into musical form for all of us to feel. Mizmor’s 2022 effort is less an end and more likely a middle chapter as the plot develops.




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Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
January 17th 2022


17110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.4

Find the official bandcamp here: https://mizmor.bandcamp.com/

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
January 17th 2022


27990 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review dude. I missed greatly the BM on this one.

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Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
January 17th 2022


17110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.4

I brought back the blue-artwork-aesthetic but I fear I may have come too late to hold that hue on the features section. Maybe I'll work on some reds next.

Thanks Papa Dewi.

bloc
January 17th 2022


68475 Comments


Really liking the art on this one

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trilo
January 17th 2022


4855 Comments


yeah cool art. not sure about the tunez just yet tho. kinda underwhelming

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bloc
January 17th 2022


68475 Comments


Oh yeah this is pure garbage. The art is nice though.

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
January 17th 2022


17110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.4

Life is trash agreed. Art trajectory for the year so far is: okay.

Pikazilla
January 17th 2022


22991 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Life is awesome. Art trajectory is already looking better than last year's.

DungeonBoy
January 18th 2022


8885 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review! That first track was punishing, and not in the way I like to be punished. If i'm gonna be slowly doomed I want it to be Mirror Reaper quality or it's gonna be a hard for me to come back to. I think I prefer the second track more, sometimes ambient can hit a sweet spot for me and this one makes me feel like I am in the halls of a massive cathedral until the fabric of reality begins tearing into pieces. There's things I like about it and things I don't. It's good but not great.

TheSpirit
January 18th 2022


29504 Comments


so this is just one metal track and one ambient track?

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DungeonBoy
January 18th 2022


8885 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yup!

TheSpirit
January 18th 2022


29504 Comments


that's stupid! haven't listened yet, but assuming it's the same kind of throwaway, padding ambient most other metal artists use just to elongate the run time

bloc
January 18th 2022


68475 Comments


This is about as bad as Avow from last year

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
January 18th 2022


17110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.4

-so this is just one metal track and one ambient track?—



Essentially yes. This could’ve done with a more demanding style listen; either by combining both elements of these two tracks together or another track to bring them together as a bookend.

DDDeftoneDDD
January 18th 2022


20146 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Life is trash. I dig Mizmor tho

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DDDeftoneDDD
January 20th 2022


20146 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Ouch

BreadOfBitterness
January 21st 2022


86 Comments


That’s a very harsh average.

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
January 21st 2022


17110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.4

Yeah I wouldn't mind a pls explain.

Leeb890
January 21st 2022


64 Comments


I could rate this album a 3 for the art alone, however the music itself is a bit boring.

DDDeftoneDDD
January 22nd 2022


20146 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Idk what to do with second thing here.



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