MUSPELLHEIM - VIOLENT BY DESIGN - DISCONCERT
Muspelheim, with one or two 'l's, was first a hellish region in Norse mythology. It then became a Therion song. It is now a band based out of Vancouver with an Eastern European core. This Slo-vaic core so much loves its homeland and its culture (where Norse mythology does not come from) that some of the lyrics are in its mother tongue. Strange then that they would leave home. Well, at least, the music gives one some relief.
The album’s intro sends the message that the listener need give up hope. It sounds as if the band is a new Opeth or Therion (wanna-be) or some such crap. Mercifully, the group soon launches into something more serious and heavy and the rest of the album - abstract lyrics aside - is completely agreeable to the palate of a heavy metal fan. The band’s significance never reaches into the higher marks, owing to the typecast music not exactly atypical for the sub-genre, but track after track sounds like a thrash metal band whose vocalist is casting incantations in his gruff and deep voice. The wickedness is backed occasionally by impressive guitar soloing that is given a good sheen by the production. There is a hint of Cryptopsy here. Barely anything stands out, but the band at least foregoes victimizing its listeners with weak and stupid passages (i.e. no Opeth or Therion). - Ali “The Metallian”