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Midryasi : Midryasi

Italy's Midryasi emerge on their debut self-titled release 'Midryasi' as a sleeping juggernaut - a closely guarded secret known only to a priviledged few. This band has flown largely under the radar, which based on the trio's sheer quality and inventiveness almost seems criminal. How exactly do Midryasi sound? Imagine a musical Frankenstein monster stitched together with Black Sabbath, Hawkwind, and Paul Chain.

Still with me? Good. Now, imagine that monster consuming ridiculously large amounts of LSD and speaking in strange, unknown tongues. Obviously, Midryasi is a very hard band to pigeonhole. Their unique style of Traditional Doom simultaneously brings to mind hordes of similar bands, but through originality alone leave them void of any true comparison.

The assault begins with 'Hypnopriest', a groovy 'Sabbatherian piece that sets the tempo for the anomalies to follow. I honestly can't recall ever having been so completely blindsided by the unexpected quality of an album, and 'Midryasi' gracefully served me a high velocity iron fist to the gut. 'Hypnopriest' may be accompanied worldwide by the dull thud of jaws dropping.

Midryasi gather steam from there, plowing through fields of psychedelia with the sadistic glee of a chortling jester. The musicianship of this Italian trio is simply outstanding - from Convulsion's Ozzy-fied vocals to Guanera's near virtuosic chordwork, there truly is something here for everyone. Well, at least for everyone with a sincere appreciation of the Traditional/Stoner subgenres.

It is not often a release such as 'Midryasi' comes along, and I make an empassioned plea to those Doomsters in dire need of groove to give Midryasi a chance. With such brilliant oddities as this, Midryasi are well on their way to a very comfortable position within the Doom Metal hierarchy.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Hypnopriest
2. Acid Darkness
3. Profound
4. Instru-mental
5. Paeah
6. Clong
7. Stalag
8. Center Of Thunderrr
9. Esioh Mann Szaghae
10. Cornocembalus...

Duration : Approx. 59 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Timothy Coleman
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