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Sunday, March 15, 2020

Mystherium/Zemsta Natury (Revenge of Nature)/War Productions/Werewolf Promotion/2020 CD Review


  Mystherium  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  gothic  and  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Zemsta  Natury  (Revenge  Of  Nature)"  which  will  be  released  on  March  20th  as  a  joint  effort  between  War  Productions  and  Werewolf  Promotion.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  epic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  while  also  introducing  synths,  spoken  word  parts  and  whispers  onto  the  recording  while  the  heavier  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  and  the  vocals  are  done  in  mostly  a  grim  black  metal  style.

  The  synths  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  epic  and  gothic  atmosphere  while  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  when  the  music  speeds  up. Touches  of  classical  music  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  pagan  metal  elements  and  most  of  the  album  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  style,  stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard  briefly. 

  On  this  recording  Mystherium  plays  a  musical  style  that  goes  back  to  the  90's  era  of  gothic  and  pagan  black  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  Nature  and  Paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mystherium  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  gothic  and  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ancestor's  Beliefs  (Wiara  Prozodkow)"  and  "Crows  And  Ravens  (Kruki  i  Wrony)".  8  out  of  10.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Mystherium Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

Hello, everyone!
Mystherium was formed in 2001 and our newest - 5th album was released in  July 2018. It’s been a very long way  with many different members, who made Mystherium what it is now. I believe, that thanks to the fact, that the lineup remains unchanged since 2011,  “Zagłada” is very mature and is our best recorded release. The reception was pretty good, we’ve received plenty of positive feedback, which gave us energy and motivation to start working on our new material.

2.Recently you have released a new album, what are some of the things you feel you have done differently musically on this recording that you where not able to do on your previous releases?

We’ve entrusted Maciej Rybicki from LSS studio Poznan with mixing and mastering the recordings and it was a really good decision, he did a great job.
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3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new release and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?

Miro wrote the lyrics from the very beginning and Aleksandra was the coauthor for the two newest releases - thanks to her, the lyrics are now related to paganism, the bonds between people and nature, transience of life and the self-destructive human nature. They are also referring to Polish history and poetry.

4.Some of your lyrics have covered some Occult and Slavic Paganism topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in both of those areas?

All of the band members are interested in the history of the land we live in. We are reminding our listeners, that people who lived in these territories before they were called Poland, had their own rites and traditions.

5.In the beginning the band had some songs written in English, but the last few releases all of the songs have been written in your native tongue, can you tell us a little bit more about going into this direction?

Cooperation with Aleksandra and Darek gave that possibility, the previous vocalists preferred to sing in English. Polish language is more difficult to scream or growl, but allows for more adequate depiction of our feelings and ideas.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Mystherium'?

Our name comes from the latin word “Mysterium”. The band was named after the title of the song from our first album “Uczta demonów”.


7.Most of the band members have been or are currently in some legendary Polish black metal bands, how would you describe the progress of Polish black metal over the last couple of decades?

We are and have been cooperating with a few pagan/black metal bands (Arkona, Graveland, Taran, Horns, Moontower, Warfist....), so we can closely observe, how Polish black metal scene is developing. We have our own ideas and style. It was way more radical in the past. Nowadays bands are being formed and cease to exist, and only the strongest  ones remain.


8.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

It represents the destruction of nature and old beliefs induced by humans and our self-destructive nature. It was created by Maciej Zaborowski from MZproPAGANda and it’s my  fifth cooperation with him (Graveland/Nokturnal Mortum split, Horns-CZERŃ, MYSTHERIUM-Memoriał Nowy Świt, MYSTHERIUM -Zwycięstwo). We are really proud that he agreed to create the artwork for our band.


9.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

We’ve played different concerts both on various festivals and small club concerts some time ago, but we’ve been focusing on recording albums for the previous few years.

10.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

We’ve received some offers to play concerts and we’re considering  playing live again someday.

11.According to the Metal Archives page the band is signed to 'Art of The Night Productions', how would you compare working with this label to the other ones you have been a part of?

The previous labels - Lower Silesian Stronghold, Eastside Records, HeidenWut Productions and Werewolf Promotions did a great job in selling our CDs, tapes and vinyls all around the world. Art of The Night Productions was responsible for our newest album - “Zagłada” and placing our previous releases on different internet platforms like Spotify or Deezer.

12.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your newer music by fans of black metal?

The reception was pretty good, we’ve received plenty of positive feedback. We’re very pleased to know that people from all around the world are sharing our music.

13.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

We’re being very active, we play and record a lot! Arkona (Darek), Horns (Miro, Zbychu) are working on their new albums. Darek is going to play 9 concerts in Poland on a tour with Arkona. Horns are planning 3 concerts in Poland, Taran (Darek, Zbychu) is going to play 4 concerts in France and Aleksandra will perform in USA/New York. There’s a lot going on recently!

14.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

We want to grow and get more recognisable. We are considering adding hurdy-gurdy.


15.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

We like  black metal, pagan metal and folk music. My playlist currently includes Angrrsth, Duch Czerni, Funeral Mist, Immortal, Laboratorium Pieśni, Sound of Triglav, Summoning, Surya.


16.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Support underground metal bands - thanks to your support we can release new material and play concerts. Sława!


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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Mystherium/Zaglada/2018 Full Length Review


  Mystherium  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  gothic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  album  "Zaglada".

  Spoken  word  parts,  stringed  instruments  and  keyboards  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  clean  vocals  onto  the  recording  while  grim  black  metal  screams  are  also  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  album  and  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  music  mixing  in  elements  of  goth  and  classical  music  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Mystherium  plays  a  style  of  gothic  black  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  anti  Christianity,  Patriotism  and  Polish  history  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Mystherium  are  a  very  great  sounding  gothic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Slawa!  Wojna!  Zwyciestwo"  "Piesna  pochwalne"  and  "Wedrowiec".  8  out  of  10.