Sami Järvinen – drums
Henri Villberg – bass, keyboards & vocals
Tuukka Ahonen – guitars
Tuomas Karhumäki – vocals
Kim Strömsholm – vocals
1. Empyrean Fields
2. A Paean to Fire
3. Thus Spake the Tongueless Serpent
4. With the Sun and the Skies andthe Birds Above
5. Master of Wilderness
6. After God
The Mist From the Mountains are a Finnish black metal band on the Primitive Reaction label, who will be releasing their debut album ‘The Temple of Twilight’ on 28th January, 2022. Their style takes you back to 90s, nature inspired BM and is inspired by acts such as Borknagar, Kvist, and Arckanum. Even so, TMFtM are well on their way to forging a musical adventure of their own. Their sound is energetic, yet tempos get downshifted into proud marches, making the sound even more intense. They are towering, mystical and even magical and this young band have only just begun to show their true potential.
Intro track ‘Empyrean Fields’ starts with an acoustic and tribal sound that kind of brings to mind the song ‘Whoracle’ by In Flames, only the EF version has some more ‘wrong’ sounding notes in. On the plus side, I’m sure that’s intentional, though. Sounding ever so slightly wrong has been a little bit of a trend in this month’s albums, I guess because of lockdown, maybe?? Such notes are utilised to create a disturbing atmosphere and the group certainly succeed. Then in an instant, the instrumentation switches to powerful black metal with pounding drum thuds that turn to a furious speed mere seconds later. It’s a sound that works, as you don’t want to completely rip off IF, especially a song that is kind of filler. Only joking, I’m exaggerating to make a more interesting review, it’s not ripping off the band that much. Again, there are just similarities.
The middle section of ‘Thus Spake the Toungeless Serpent’ brings back the ‘Whroacle’ sound, but eerie female vocals make it sound more like In Flames than ever before. Maybe it’s a coincidence, maybe they really like the song. More metal, mid paced beats and guitars develop, making the song TMFtM’s own. For a good few seconds, a synth solo even brings to mind proggers Threshold. Strangely however, it gets next to no development which is a shame as such a breath of fresh air really is what is needed. Following track ‘With the Sun and the Skies and the Birds Above’ starts with a more positive acoustic guitar part that changes into BM so fast, it sounds just a little bit dumb. A bit random. Never mind, that fades into ANOTHER acoustic section more tastefully than it did before. It has very mild flavours of a Spanish Flamenco piece in some of the chords, but has a more mournful sound rather than exciting. Again, is coronavirus exciting? Nope. Just putting the thought out there.
In the following track, ‘Master of Wilderness’, I was thinking ‘God, it’s not going to go into another acoustic part in the middle again, is it?’ Fortunately, it goes to a spooky overdriven electric guitar part with clean male vocals on top. Phew. Sadly though, it’s a bit undeveloped. In my opinion, the strongest parts of the release don’t last long enough, and the weaker parts go on for too long, which is obviously annoying. Final track ‘After God’ begins with acoustic guitars yet again, only they are perhaps a little more contemplative than before. Then after a couple of minutes, the BM ideas are back… -_- In the outro, more melancholic acoustic guitars are heard, but with extra pianos. It’s not a particularly interesting style the band has, but better a two trick pony than a one trick one, right?
In conclusion, this stuff isn’t as new and daring as it needs to be for the most part. Perhaps the music is at its strongest in the mellower sections, as the BM is kind of cliched and not only that, it’s just not catchy. The music needs more to it than the relentless chord progressions that dominate the sound. Synth parts on top of the guitars add to the demented atmosphere, kind of bringing to mind Dimmu Borgir’s album ‘Enthrone Darkness Triumphant’, but again, the BM band in question aren’t as good as them. There are some nice tremolo picked guitar melodies, but they don’t save the music. There are plenty of other highlights, for example the ways at least some of the highly contrasting instrumentations link with each other, but there are far better epic bands out there. Not particularly recommended.