Little did I know that in that exact year a band would form in Spain, possibly borrowing their name from the closing song of that Dismember album. Mistweaver, as they call the band, moved somewhere within the region of doom and death metal but gradually incorporated more and more atmospheric and symphonic elements into their music. Several albums later they fifth studio album, 'Nocturnal Bloodshed', which I'm listening to at this very moment.
What Mistweaver does, is nothing new but the way they do it, is simply awesome. Effortlessly they combine the sheer brutality of Dismember with the melodic aspect of Amorphis and the virtuosity of several heavy and thrash metal bands. Yet, we're not done there, how about a lot of folk and traditional Spanish elements as well. This way, they list of bands I think about is quite massive, from Arch Enemy over November's Doom to Finntroll and Dimmu Borgir. I'm afraid this is going to one of my favorite death metal albums in years.
The amount of variation is impressive. While 'The Biggest Threat' and 'Pandemonium' show the most brutal side of Mistweaver, the latter also issues some Therion-like vocals. 'Hell's Arrival' digs deeper into the old school melodic underground where I'm even reminded of the oldest works of Sepultura. Gradually however, Mistweaver comes up with more and more melody, without forgetting that this is supposed to be a fierce metal album. Title track 'Nocturnal Bloodshed', for example, comes very close to nineties melodic black metal, with a lot of keyboards.
In all seriousness, this album is very impressive but that shouldn't really be a surprise. After all, these are experienced musicians who have been around for a long time now. Besides, Dan Swanö produced the album, which almost always guarantees a high quality product. So take it from me, if you haven't given this album a chance, you should. Now!