Review by Adam M on November 17, 2016.
Mistur have a folkish sound that is very interesting to behold. Still it is a black metal sound that exerts itself over the work as a whole. The sound of the band is certainly original and compelling enough.
There are multiple instruments used for added effect to make these songs as grandiose as possible. Keyboards and other instrumentation livens things up considerably. The music is comparable to Emperor in its use of a symphonic approach, even if the music here is geared towards an entirely different end. The variety of approaches that the band uses is interesting and employed in a completely original manner. The sense of an epic scope is created by all of the instrumentation used and successfully weaves a web of heroism around the listener. However, the more blackened side is also incorporated to add to the grimness aspect of the recording. The overall product is one that has much variation in its veins. The fact that it roams around different territories unsure of what it wants to completely dedicate itself to is what made the album so interesting. The folk side of the band isn’t shown as overtly as the blackened side, but still has it proper place in the songs. There is as much in common with Saor or Panopticon here as there is with the aforementioned Emperor. Instrumentally, the guitar work forms the black metal side of the band quite effectively. There is a grim, but also grandiose side to the riffs present. Also, the drumming and vocals add their own character to the songs. The vocals are probably the least interesting aspect to the band’s approach, but still vibrant and colorful. Elements like organs make this album as compelling as it is.
Although this is an 8/10 album, I do believe it could have still made more impact with interesting song-writing and been one of the better albums from this year with that score instead of a lesser one. Still, In Memoriam is an excellent effort of folkish black metal.
Rating: 8 out of 10