Mizmor and Thou
Myopia


3.0
good

Review

by Biscuitborn USER (5 Reviews)
May 5th, 2022 | 43 replies


Release Date: 04/22/2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Uncharacteristic from any perspective

It’s a little funny that Thou began without him, because Bryan Funck is frankly as integral to the sludge lords of Baton Rouge as distortion. He has always carved into each groove, intensifying, animating, and illuminating at every step. He has always collaborated with equal dexterity, as a simmering catalyst for The Body’s screech or an arid counterpoint to Emma Ruth Rundle’s croon. Thou’s success is certainly more than just one man screaming, but starting here feels appropriate for a release like Myopia. Of all Thou-collaborators, Liam Neighbors’ black/doom offerings as Mizmor are nearest them stylistically (and so alter their usual approach the least), and he splits vocal duties with Funck near 50/50 (and so draws the most immediate comparison). While I’d like all this to be setting up a tale of seamless integration, the overlap here just doesn’t produce a consistently compelling experience.

We’ve established it’s uneven, so there must be some highs! Fear not. Myopia is studded with standouts, each inseparable from the vocal wizardry that enflames them. Through its barren wanderings, ‘Indignance’ arrives at a peak crowned in thunderous sludge and arcing feedback. Funck whips the rhythm ever tighter, embellishing each lunge with “Pain / and pain and pain again / sealed within a book, a thought, a fleeting memory”. Not to be outdone, Neighbors’ groans and gasps utterly transform ‘Drover of Man’, charging an otherwise pensive affair with hair-raising anguish. At their most affective, both vocalists howl back and forth like primordial ghouls, wailing our transgressions from the mires of time forgotten. If only time’s mires would suck away those rheumy inhales. They’re as frail and flat as they are on every Mizmor release, and in this context, about as dynamic as wind whistling down a trach hole.

Neighbors should not take all the flack in this department. ‘The Host’ already treads a well-worn path in heavy music (human-parasite imagery) and couples this with a few strange declarations. “I’ll ruin this for everyone!” smacks of pre-teen petulance, and the follow up “You gave a promise to me / and you broke it” is delivered over a wailing guitar like some kind of contagion break-up anthem. Likewise, the swell of ‘Myopia’ is spoiled when we are commanded to “question [our] comforters”; any impact that follows is severely diluted by imagery of a nearsighted man interrogating his bedding. Both occur at points of climax – the vocals a clear driving force – and rob whole tracks of their hard-fought momentum. It’s disappointing to hear Funck botch an area of songcraft he so regularly excels at.

Turning more directly to the band, Myopia’s heaviest sections are another area of inconsistency. Rank sludge has always seeped from Thou’s doom metal passages, and Mizmor’s wandering, downtuned brand mixes uneasily here. ‘Prefect’ is the best result; as it shudders to a near-dirge, a two-note blues groove tries vainly to resuscitate it, ground down each time by a few droning tones. This same unflinching density peels back the solemn overture that ends ‘The Roots’, but only after utterly bleaching its midsection of color, and the aforementioned ‘Drover’ wrenches to a halt over a doom riff that yawns featurelessly. There are many elements that synergize (Neighbors’ black metal jaunts segue nicely into the searing leads Thou has perfected for years), but it’s intensely weird that the group seems so unsteady on the terrain they most readily share.

This has always been the curse of making excellent music, but Thou pays more heavily for how nearly right Myopia is. Mizmor can line a cap with this; it certainly beats the pants off anything Wit’s End had to offer earlier this year. For Thou, however, it represents a clear dilution of style and narrative, made significant by a career historically steeped in both.

Still, there’s plenty of delectable heavy bits to gnaw. Eat your veggies and doubt your mattresses, kids.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Biscuitborn
May 5th 2022


20 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Might seem overly harsh, but I'm a huge Thou fan, and really don't feel this holds up to most of their discography. Thanks for reading!





Streaming here: https://gileadmedia.bandcamp.com/album/myopia

pizzamachine
May 5th 2022


16425 Comments


A review practically salivating at proper wordage with apt, and starkly lengthy descriptions, beckoning a captive audience to skylark in the meadows of grammar.










Pos








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MiloRuggles
Staff Reviewer
May 5th 2022


2071 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

big ol pos, nice work! the comforter line had me spinnin in my egyptian cotton

Senetrix666
May 5th 2022


1353 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Couldn’t disagree more. Easily in my top 5 fav thou records

bigguytoo9
May 6th 2022


1260 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah this is so far my album of the year.

Deez
May 6th 2022


8904 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Really good review



absolutely terrible opinion



Pos'd

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Senetrix666
May 6th 2022


1353 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

for my first review i might do this

Deez
May 6th 2022


8904 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yes Sen, Get it in there

Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
May 6th 2022


3921 Comments


"any impact that follows is severely diluted by imagery of a nearsighted man interrogating his bedding"-LOL, great stuff.

Pos'd

Comatorium.
May 6th 2022


4952 Comments


This review some is some word salad shit

JesperL
Staff Reviewer
May 6th 2022


4512 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

it's the good kind of veggie salad tho, be pos'd

album's ehh nice

kevbogz
May 7th 2022


4709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

sounds like you 3'd an album because you don't like mizmor's 1 vocal style out of his entire bag, some of the lyrics are eh, and whatever that 4th paragraph means



also u don't have to wordhippo.com every other word my buddy

DDDeftoneDDD
May 7th 2022


20485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thou is a band on which release/ collab I find hard to give less than a 4. Still this thing has some toptier Thou moments. Mixing them with some sort of lofi bm is something I ve always wanted.



Well done rev, terrible opinion XD

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hangth3dj
May 9th 2022


449 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm a little more familiar with Thou's work than I am Mizmor's. If there was an album from each discog that best captures what each band brings to this respective collab, what would they be?

kevbogz
May 9th 2022


4709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

i wrote this whole spiel and realized nobody prolly gives a shit. tldr, thou is thou but imo shines when they collab because it brings fresh ideas to their perfected one-trick pony.

mizmor is cool cuz he adds shit like blast beasts to funeral doom and his vocal repertoire is something i've never heard before.



i was gonna say cairn for mizmor, but 2 songs are doomy black metal, and 2 are just straight funeral doom. yodh has a lil more movement within each song, but sorta boils down to the same shit. so between those 2 imo





hangth3dj
May 10th 2022


449 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks bogz. I've got a 8-hour+ round trip in the car over the weekend so I'm gonna load up a little bit of both bands and let it culminate in this album.

Relinquished
May 10th 2022


47771 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

“perfected one-trick pony.”



lol cmon

DDDeftoneDDD
May 10th 2022


20485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Subordinate is killing me

kevbogz
May 10th 2022


4709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

@reli u know exactly what i mean bro don't cmon me

kevbogz
May 10th 2022


4709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

😉😏😜🥵



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