Mesarthim create cosmic-themed black metal that’s spacious and rich in atmospheric attack.
This is a very striking release. The album layers cosmic atmospheres and resplendent melodies together in such a way that the music sounds extremely grand and full of the infinite majesty of the void.
Although the songs on this album are their own individual entities, the entire 38 minute duration could easily be seen as just one song divided into six different acts.
This release is heavily enhanced by keyboards/synthesizers and these are used very well to pile layer-upon-layer of thick feeling onto the blackened core of the music. There’s a lot of depth to be had here and it’s all coated in lush instrumentation and beautifully dark melodic mood.
The tracks flow into each other with ease and the engaging, textured sonic assault of the music is quite overwhelming in its power in many ways. The band have held nothing back and even though they’ve gone quite overboard with some of the melodies and atmospheres, it all works in their favour and .- -… … . -. -.-. . is nothing short of stunning.
My favourite kind of blackened scream to accompany richly atmospheric music such as this is the high-pitched near-static variety that’s essentially used as yet another layer of the music, and .- -… … . -. -.-. . has this box ticked quite nicely.
Overall .- -… … . -. -.-. ., (Morse code for Absence), is the kind of album that firmly sticks in your memory. I love to hear atmospheric black metal when it’s performed and delivered well, and the performance and delivery on .- -… … . -. -.-. . is absolutely first-rate.
If you’re a fan of space-themed black metal with sumptuous atmospheres and rich, melodic textures, then Mesathim are up there with the best of them.