As much as we usually refrain from engaging in listening to overly melodic
(cheesy), synth-driven black metal, occasionally we stumble upon a recording
that dissolves all our reluctance and prejudice. Albums such as ...And Oceans'
debut, Bloodthorn's Onward into Battle or Liar
Of Golgotha's Ancient Wars have all reshuffled the cards and exhibited
some gorgeous melodies that we simply couldn't resist thoroughly enjoying.
Now, as if from nowhere [Ed. Note: not really - the band's previous, 2006
release was covered in issue #4], comes this Finnish quintet having that
strange moniker, and does it again, with utter class and finesse. Considerable
time has passed since we enjoyed such a good symphonic/melodic black metal
album. Too much time.
Strangely enough, Mirzadeh dubs its style of music
"dark metal," but all we can hear is classic, black metal
music, finely composed and excellently delivered by a bunch of musicians that
know what they're doing.
The riffs are beautiful and very much engaging - every riff is a celebration
for the ears. The music is delivered in a rather slow pace relatively to the
fast-to-blasting velocities most of their peers are exhibiting, and that's a
big plus in our book, because we like our music SLOW in most cases. In the case
of the more upbeat parts, the compositions still retain their magic and
inventiveness, and the whole album is pretty much cheese-free, considering how
easily this band could have fallen into the pits of cheapness and corny lack of
The music is basically heavy-metal influenced, well balancing between the
metal instruments and the well-written keyboard lines that are in essence, a
quintessential part of the music - Desired Mythic Pride would have never
sounded so lush and engaging without the latter, that's for sure.
Mirzadeh utilizes a full ensemble of musicians,
and that means a full-time drummer and a keyboardist, but in addition to
sounding quite organic due to the aforementioned, they excel in simple yet
effective songwriting. Even the clean vocals - a weak spot in any black/death
metal recording - are well done, and overall, the vocal performance does
occasionally recalls the accomplished dual-vocal approach Amorphis
took on its highly acclaimed 1996 album Elegy, where deep death growls
gave way to clean singing of a foreign aesthetic; but Mirzadeh's
music is, in that sense, more spiritual and ethereal, and probably even more
epic than the melodic doom/death metal that was displayed by Amorphis.
If you listen to Desired Mythic Pride you will meet a myriad of
influences and stylistic schools, and though it is not the most challenging or
the heaviest album you can find it is a fun album to enjoy for what it is, plus
the keyboards performance is among the best you'll ever hear from any band out
there. So whether you're a fan of the above mentioned melodic black metal
prodigies, love the vocal execution captured on Elegy or dig stuff like Scheitan's Travelling In Ancient Times (originally misspelled) or Berzerk 2000, this one is very much for you. (7.8/10)