Mist Descends – Horizons Review

Unveiling Mist Descends: Helsinki's Musical Alchemists Craft a Sonic Journey...

Melodic Metal

Inverse Records

Release Date – March 7th 2024

 

Line Up:

Julia – Vocals
Niko – Guitar & Vocals
Peltsi – Lead guitars
Eppu – Keyboard
Jerry – Bass
Jussi – Drums

 

Tracklist:

1 – Hexagon

2 – Soul Of A Masochist

3 – Tears From The Sky

4 – Waves Of Nice

5 – M.A.B.D

6 – Blind Hope

 

I have limited information about Mist Descends, knowing only that they hail from Helsinki, Finland, and were formed in 2014. However, I wish the PR/record company would provide more comprehensive details.

The album kicks off with ‘Hexagon,’ which, I must admit, has its moments. Nevertheless, Julia’s vocals were a bit off. It wasn’t until the darker tones of ‘Soul Of A Masochist’ that the album found its stride. This track is a slow burn, rich in atmosphere and emotion, delivering an epic feel complemented by Peltsi’s exceptional guitar work.

‘Tears From The Sky’ introduces the acoustic element, with Julia’s heavily accented vocals reminiscent of Lucifer’s Johanna Platow Anderson—sweet and charming, yet with an underlying chill, warning not to underestimate her. Niko contributes some masculine lines, creating an effective counterpoint. The track evolves with the gentle acoustic opening of ‘Waves Of Nice,’ transitioning into a melodic, folky, and floaty composition, building momentum with Peltsi’s sublime guitar work.

The ’80s-style synth of ‘M.A.B.D’ launches listeners onto the dancefloor, featuring a quirky guitar line before power chords dominate the chorus. This track stands out as a blend of pure power pop-rock with a rallying cry in the middle—truly great stuff.

‘Blind Hope’ takes a darker turn, lowering the lights with a shimmering guitar line and sinister synths. Julia’s soft, sweet vocals lure listeners in, accompanied by a warning of impending intensity.

Despite a somewhat shaky start, the album develops into a cohesive package. Musically, Mist Descends showcases remarkable talent, yet Julia’s performances fall slightly short. While she undoubtedly possesses the vocal prowess, there’s a possibility she was steered in the wrong direction during recording. Regardless, Mist Descends is still worth checking out.

 

Written by: Smudge

Ratings: 6/10

 

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