Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Mord'A'Stigmata/Ansia/Pagan Records/2013 CD Review

  Mord'A'Stigmata  are a  band  from  Poland  that  plays an  avant  garde  and  experimental  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Ansia"  which  was  released by  Pagan Records.

  "Inkaust"  which  is  also  the first  song  on  the  album  starts  up  with  sound  effects  before  adding  in  some clean  guitar  playing  and  a  few seconds  later  drum  beats start  to  kick  in  which  also  leads  up  to  some  fast  black  metal  guitar  riffs  and  blast  beats  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  and  then  alternating  between  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  a  couple  of  minutes  later  the  music  slows  down  along  with  some  powerful bass  guitars,  synths  and  avant  garde sounds  for  awhile  before  returning  to  the  cleaner  parts  while also  keeping  around  some  of  the  heaviness  which  also  leads  up  to  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  vocals  before  reverting back  to  black  metal  screams  and  adding  some  melody  into  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  song  closes with  drone  sounds.

  "Shattered  Vertebrae  Of  The  Zodiac"  opens  up  with  dark  guitar riffs  and  drums  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  bass  guitars  and  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  stays  in  a  mid  paced  direction  for  a  few  minutes  before  calming  down  and  adding  in  some  acoustic  guitars  and  leads  and  you  can  also  hear  some  bass  in  the  background  and  a  couple  of  minutes  later  synths  and  psychedelic  sounds  start  to  kick  in  and  towards  the end  heaviness  makes  it  comeback in  the  music.    

  "Pregressed"  begins   with  some  dark  and  melodic  experimental  rock  guitar  riffs  along  with  some  drums  and  a  minute  later  avant  garde sounding  synths  take  over  for  a  minute  and  then  heavy  parts  make  their  presence  known  in  the  music  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  shortly  after  that  while  also  mixing  in  some  melodic  singing  in  certain  sections  and  you  can  also  hear  the  bass  guitars  at  times  and  towards  the  end  post  black  metal guitar  leads  start  coming  in  and  out  and  the  song  closes  with  some  ambient  drones.

  "Praefatio  Pro  Defunctis"  comes  in with  dark  and  melodic  guitar  riffs  along  with  some synths  and  avant  garde  sounds  in  the  background  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  drums  start  coming  in  along  with  some  heavy  and  melodic  guitar  riffs  which  also lead  up  to  some  black  metal  screams  and  towards  the end  the  music  starts  to  get  more  fast  with  the  drumming  which  also  leads  up  to  a  small  amount  of  melodic  singing  for  a  few  seconds.

  "Ansia"  which  is  also  the  last  song  as  well  as  title  track  opens  up  with  some  ambient  synths  as  well  as  some  avant  garde and  experimental  sounds  in  the  background  and  the  song  is  all  instrumental.

  Song  lyrics  cover  Negativity,  Esoterics,  Misanthropy  and  Spirituality,  while  the  production  has a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  dark  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  along  with  soem  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Mord'A'Stigmata are  a  very  great  sounding  heavy,  experimental,  avant  garde black  emtal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Shattered  Vertebrae  Of  The  Zodiac"  and  "Praefatio  Pro  Defunctis".  RECOMMENDED BUY.   


  1. Great review! You should review Skaltros, one of few Alaskan black metal bands, located on a remote island: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8lAgKb1pQc

  2. I will check out the link, and if you want you can send me a link if they have an album or demo to review at my email address