Esoteric, unique and inaccessible- that’s the perfect way to describe the debut album by French weird black metal act Mourning Mist. Having a violinist in their ranks, quite an unconventional instrument for a black metal band, these boys from France put on quite a different projection of a classic lo-fi black metal look and feel.
Being the brainchild of Kvasir (Abhor, Ancient Supremacy, Profezia) and then joined in by Mid on drums, Chris on guitars and Ecnerual on violin, Mourning Mist ‘s debut performance resembles a choir of dying angels dancing on the melancholic tunes of doom. The riffs on the album are far from the conventional black metal tremolo picks- they are varied and induce different sensations and emotions. The violin is something that invokes an aural backdrop to all the misanthropy, and it provides a haunting feel that will make your skin tingle and permeate goosebumps in your flesh.
The album takes the listener though different moods and atmospheres – from the haunting violin crescendo of ‘The Flowing’, from the aural viscera accompanying the haunting spoken-word at the end of ‘Free Fall’, and the deafening atmospheres of ‘Rise and Decay’ all produce a chilling and surreal effect on the mind of the listener.
In completion, Mourning Mist’s debut effort is a well-calculated, well-defined production , but at the same time bizarre and mystical. It is a venture onto newer territories ,and a experiment which had a laudable outcome.