Mesarthim - .- -... ... . -. -.-. . (2016, Avantgarde Music)
Australia and Black Metal have a weird connection and many bands as Midnight Odyssey and Mesarthim have embraced the Darkspace bandwagon of Atmospheric Black Metal with a penchant for the cosmos themes. Many bands have done the same deal with more or less success. In the case of Mesarthim, a recent one man band, formed in 2015, the melodies and common grounds of the Atmospheric Black Metal was learnt very well. Does it translate in the album weirdly titled .- -... ... . -. -.-. .?
It is a huge problem of mixing and production here and I would hope that despite this I would enjoy the album. I do, but I am struggling to admire it because of that. The keyboards are taking a lot of space in the tracks and it may be fine for some bands but I think that the threshold is here to choose between more keyboards à la Will Ferrell or a bit less prominent.
It is still a very good record and my love for anything Black Metal and/or atmospheric is satisfied but I think that the album misses an extra layer of finishing to enter the highly wanted and not so often awarded Best New Music tag.