Mystifier is one of those bands that has always held this nebulous position in the underground metal scene. Somewhere between death and black – but undoubtedly filthy. This, of course, is part of their allure.
While Mystifier has an extensive catalog, their upcoming release, Protogoni Mavri Magiki Dynasteia, contains some of their strongest work to date. Two particular standout tracks, “Weighing Heart Ceremony” and “Witching Lycanthropic Moon” are well crafted, with the latter featuring some expressly original vocal work that is signature Mystifier, yet novel at the same time.
One thing that really grips me on this record is Beelzeebubth’s signature Explorer sound on guitar. Take a listen to his work on “Akhenanton (Son Mighty Son)” – it just fits perfectly. Do’Urden’s bass is also extremely well produced and, happily, bass is given a solid amount of space on the record. In fact, for a primeval and profane underground metal band, the production on Protogoni Mavri Magiki Dynasteia, is quite professional. Honestly, this is rather refreshing. I was never one to grab onto this bizarre fascination with lo-fi (and lousy) production. Do’Urden produced the record with the assist from Beelzeebuth on the mix.
Mystifier has lasted thirty years in the extreme metal scene and it’s easy to hear why with this newest record on Season of Mist. If you’re a fan of the band, this is their apex. If you haven’t heard of Mystifier before, check them out if you like your primitive blackened death metal with a large shot of stark rusticism.
Protogoni Mavri Magiki Dynasteia releases on March 8 and can be ordered here.