Mystifier are a band from Brazil that has had an album reviewed before by this zine and plays an occult form of black/death metal and this is a review of their 1993 album "Goetia" which was re-issued in 2015 by Greyhaze Records.
A very dark and evil sounding synth starts off the album giving the music a ritualistic feeling before going into more of a heavy and melodic musical direction as well as introducing grim black metal vocals onto the recording and once the music speeds up the vocals start adding in growls and the musical also brings in a very early war and bestial black metal sound.
Blast beats can be heard quite a bit throughout the recording and some of the tracks are also very long and epic in length and all of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with the slower sections bringing in elements of doom metal.
When solos and leads are utilized they are very dark and melodic sounding and the synths also return in certain sections of the recording and the songs also bring in a great mixture of black metal screams and death metal growls as well as playing a raw style that is influenced by their fellow country mates but also creating a style that would be a huge influence on the second wave of black metal and the last 3 songs are bonus live tracks that are only a part of the re-issue.
Mystifier played a style of occult black/death metal on this recording that went on to influence plenty of bands over the next 20 years and they where very much ahead of their time with the music on this recording while the music still has an early 90's sound, the production sounds very dark and r aw while the lyrics cover Satanism, Occultism, Crowley, Templars, Faust, Demonology and Anti Christian themes.
In my opinion this was a very great sounding recording from Mystifier and if you are interest in hearing some of the roots of occult black/death metal, you should check out this re-issue. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Aleister Crowley And Ordo Temple Orientis" "Beelzebub" "The Realm Of Antichristus" and "The Baphometic Goats Of Knights Templars". 8/5 out of 10.