Mystagogue are a duo from the Netherlands that plays a very intense, dark and atmospheric form of black metal and this is a review of their 2019 album "And The Darkness Was Cast Out Into The Wilderness" which was released by Vendetta.
Melodic guitar leads and clean playing start off the album before going into a very fast and r aw musical direction which also uses a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats. Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams and all of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with the music also getting very atmospheric sounding at times. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very melodic style as well as the riffs also utilizing some melody at times.
When synths are utilized briefly they also give the music more of an atmospheric feeling along with the songs bringing in more of a modern style but also mixing in some old school elements and at times the screams also add in more of a depressive approach and as the album progresses a brief use of spoken word parts and growls can also be heard. The production sounds very raw and heavy while the lyrics cover extreme emotions, history, occultism, religion, wletschmerz and darkness themes.
In my opinion Mystagogue are a very great sounding intense, dark and atmospheric black metal duo and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Gift Of Grief Upon The Black Earth" "Here in The White Silence of The Dawn" and "The Splendour Of Our Demise". 8 out of 10.