Tremendous groove, venomous discordance, and progressive fervor collide to produce some truly dynamic and crushing material on Conjurer‘s full-length debut, Mire.
Weaving together elements of progressive metal, post and sludge metal, this British act’s sound is a heavy-hitting, multifaceted tour de force steeped in darkness and melancholia. Drop-tuned guitars churn out unpredictable riffs that transition from sludgy marches, to angular grooves, to atmospheric flourishes seamlessly. Thunderous, concussive drumming rival the stringed instruments in heaviness and deliver some staggering rhythmic shifts. Mire has all of the pieces of a modern metal opus and not only embraces its influences, but also transcends them.
Conjurer opens up their fierce debut with the monstrous, six-minute “Choke”. The track begins with lurching, seismic chords that are peppered with dissonance and cascading melodies. This section bleeds into a no-holds-barred barrage of angular, noisy riffs and spiraling grooves that rip the listener limb from limb. Feverish blast beats and dueling, caustic vocals help spearhead this rambunctious section as it rampages toward a city-leveling breakdown. The track bleeds into the opening doom trudge of “Hollow”, whose muscular, stomping riffs hark back to the earliest of Mastodon and The Ocean material. This track cycles back and forth between these sections of gargantuan sludge, and icy, post-rock sections, with the latter eventually blending with the former to craft a powerful climax of multi-layered, melodic post-metal and blistering lead work.
The majority of the album’s tracks, including the ones previously mentioned, are over six minutes in length and are full of various passages, peaks and valleys. But the shorter tracks on the record, namely “Retch” and “The Mire”, break the mold a bit and tend to go straight for the neck. This is especially true of the track “Retch”, which unleashes over three minutes of breakneck, spiraling and dissonant guitar work that is reminiscent of modern metalcore acts such as Architects, albeit much more vicious. “The Mire”, in contrast, begins with an atmospheric clean guitar dirge that paves the way for a hellacious stampede of melodic, post-black metal. These tremolo-picked, melancholic assaults eventually transform into similar face-ripping instrumentation found in “Retch” before coming to a close.
From the chaotic sludge of “Choke”, to the apocalyptic doom marches of “Hadal”, this record is full of unexpected twists and turns, and full of unbridled heaviness. Conjurer‘s Mire, as previously mentioned, draws from sludge, post and progressive metal, but refuses to be bound by the limitations of either. Mire is a unique behemoth of a record that shouldn’t be slept on.
Release Date: March 9, 2018
Label: Holy Roar Records
Favorite Tracks: “Choke”, “Thankless” and “Hadal”
For Fans Of: The Ocean, Intronaut, Sealclubber, Inter Arma and Ohhms