conjurer Mire (CD, £7.25)
The future of British extreme progressive metal lies in safe hands with the debut LP from Conjurer. A stunning listen, combining Opeth at their heaviest and most dynamic, Mastodon at their earliest, Gojira at their most venomous, Mire is a step up from a young band who are already being championed as ones to watch. Equal turns bleak, dark, stark and beautiful, The Mire is an album which makes true the cliché “a journey of a listen”. From the apocalyptic opener ‘Choke’ to the haunting soundscapes within the eponymous track, this LP is as impressive in its power as in its multi-layered dynamism. Led by the dual vocal/guitar attack of Dan Nightingale and Brady Deeprose, Conjurer are a band who are already attracting attention from the metal press and industry. The band have an impressive touring history, despite still being at the very beginning of their journey.
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