|CD REVIEW Mystagog|
Mystagog are (were) a studio-only project by two Hungarian musicians, vocalist / drummer Angmar (also active in e.g. Diecold and Witchcraft; the latter being one of Hungary’s oldest and strongest Black Metal formations) and bass / guitar player Thanatos (ex-Thy Funeral, Diecold a.o.); the latter was active in this project under the name of Grave, by the way. Angmar normally ‘sings’, yet for this studio project he took care of the drums as well.
…Of Old was originally recorded during winter 2006-2007, but officially unreleased until now, and it is / was the only recording the duo did under the moniker of Mystagog.
…Of Old brings thirty six minutes of morbid, grim, nihilistic and raw melodic Old Style Necro-Black Metal with a mechanical, chainsaw-buzzing sounds (a little too un-clean, but does it not fit perfectly to this explosive madness?). It comes with a little repetitive up-tempo machinery-rhythm and poisonous, sulphuric grunts, as well as an atmosphere so dense, so unpure, so suffocative and mesmerizing. …aaahrghhh, what sweetness my ear drums are pleased with… It reminds me to Darkthrone anno (first half of the) nineties, Carpathian Forest, Nebel, Pest, Ildjarn and the likes, so primitive yet grandiose for being so grumpy!