Mizmor is a solo project from Portland, Oregon that has had music reviewed before in this zine and plays a mixture of black, doom metal, and drone and this is a review of his 2019 album "Cairn" which will be released in September by Gilead Media.
Classical guitars start off the album before going into a very fast and raw musical direction which also uses a decent amount of tremolo picking and blast beats. All of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them while the vocals are mostly grim yet high pitched black metal screams.
Dissonant sounding melodies can also be heard in some of the guitar riffing while all of the tracks are very long and epic in length. Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with some elements of doom metal also being added into the slower sections of the songs.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic yet atmospheric style. One song also introduces drones onto the recording as well as some growls also being added into certain sections of the recording and as the album progresses clean playing can also be heard in some parts of the music along with classical guitars also making a brief return, spoken word parts can also be heard briefly. The production sounds very raw and heavy while the lyrics are inspired by the writings of Albert Camus.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Mizmor and if you are a fan of black, doom metal and drone, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Desert of Absurdity" and "Cairn To Suicide". 8 out of 10.