Out this week, Mefisto – Octagram and you want this one!
This Stockholm Death Metal band originally got it’s start in 1984 and has influenced a number of bands in their genre over the years, even after an extended hiatus. Mefisto are not for the faint at heart but as music listeners tastes has shifted over the years and death metal has become a more sought after genre, bands like this have made a comeback. For those who discovered them in their early years, they never made a comeback they have simply existed.
With this new album the band feels like the perfect mix of Dark Funeral meets Amon Amarth, but on steroids. I say this because it’s like the heavy death metal instrumentals that you expect with a band like Dark Funeral with vocals that feel more like Johan Hegg being possessed by Satan. Or Dark Funeral and Amon Amarth had a Satan baby, then killed it, but it came back to life ready to lay waste to everything in it’s way. The music is that extreme and heavy.
From the minute I started listening to this album I was completely pulled into what Mefisto had set before me. By the fourth track Armageddon, I completely lost my composure from the opening blood curdling screams that rips this album wide open to everything evil yet to come! I am talking arms out to my sides with palms facing the sky with the wide finger metal hand pose and my head tilted back, tongue wagging and taking in the full experience. WOW! What an unexpected and glorious way to dominate the such extremely evil vocals, even on the outro of the track. Just the vocals alone had my attention but hearing the insane guitar tracking, this song just fulfilled every hope I have when listening to any death metal band. This is the ultimate extreme
album! It checks all my boxes, you can bury me because I am done!
What’s new this time around with Mefisto, the addition of Chaq Mol in their music. It’s quite an infusion of talent to an already incredible group. And trust me, I went back to compare to their 2017 and 2016 releases to make sure. While both Mefisto and 188.8.131.52 were great releases, Octagram is so much heavier and bleeds evil riffage. Everything that’s good and evil is in this album.
In summary: Mefisto captured the essence of all things evil and heavy in this album. If there was ever an album worthy of the wall of death, this is it! You fans who love the aggressive pits, be prepared for full aggression and injuries because this album is going to inspire a whole new level of insanity!