Who Needs Happiness When You Can Have New Mizmor?
Let’s get bummer summer started early.
I sincerely hope everyone here is familiar with Mizmor, the black/doom/drone solo project of the mysterious A.L.N. (himself a member of Urzeit and live drummer for Hell). The project is responsible for some of the most painful and emotionally exhausting music I’ve ever heard, and I mean that as very high praise. Last year’s Yodh was one of my favorite albums of 2016, though I don’t revisit it too frequently because it’s an abrasive journey that truly drains the listener.
I tell you all of that in order to tell you this: A.L.N. has just released a Mizmor retrospective cassette box set (that looks truly glorious) and along with it a brand new song. The box set contains 3 cassettes featuring every song Mizmor has recorded all the way from “1” on the self titled debut up through the end of Yodh. The box set also contains brand new artwork for each cassette from Blial Cabal, including artwork on a backpatch that comes wrapped around the cassettes, an enamel pin, and a hand made 10 page booklet containing the lyrics for every song.
Sounds rad as heck, doesn’t it? If you’re like me though, then you’re probably not kvlt enough to own a cassette deck and may be wondering what the point would be. Well, luckily in this age of bandcamp A.L.N. has you covered with digital downloads of everything. What a time to be alive.
Oh, and have I mentioned that new song? It’s 15 minutes of everything that makes Mizmor so great and so devastating. A wonderful lullaby-esque acoustic introduction that instantly transforms into a blackened hurricane filled with shrieks and fuzz before easing up into a thunderous and doomy final third. It’s everything you expect from Mizmor.\, and it’s available as a free download on bandcamp for a limited time.