Metal Review – Miasmal – Miasmal (2011)

Miasmal - Miasmal (2011)Miasmal is a death metal act from Sweden that formed back in 2007. Over the years, the band has only issued a demo and a self-financed EP, however, this was enough to make some of the underground labels take notice. Miasmal finally found a home with Detest Records and Dark Descent Records, the latter issuing the CD version of their full-length debut album, Miasmal.

Because of the inclusion of the band’s previous material, the Miasmal debut full-length is pretty much seperated into three parts. The first part of the album is eight newly recorded tracks that did not appear on the band’s demo or EP. These eight tracks are worth the price of the album on their own. With a sound akin to Bloodbath or old Entombed, Miasmal just brings it with each track. The recordings are muddy and could have been produced better, but still pretty solid. With riff after riff of death metal goodness and some solid gutteral vocals, this is a full-length that should not be ignored by any death metal fan.

The album opens up with Mesmerized, which is a solid song with a nice solo, albeit somewhat hidden in the recording. Equinox 432 keeps up the blistering pace right from the start and comes straight at you. One of my favorite tracks on the album is the fourth track, We Will Live Forever. It is another one that keeps coming at you and is littered with some skullcrushing riffs.

The second part of the album, tracks 9 and 10, were originally released as a 7″ EP. They were recorded in the winter of 2008 to 2009 in Gothenburg, Sweden. eight tracks. These recordings actually sound better than the first eight tracks, which sometimes does happen with underground labels. With the clearer sound, you get a better sense of what they were going for, but I am more of a fan of the first eight tracks.

The third part of the album, tracks 11 through 14, were originally released as a demo. They were recorded in March and April of 2008 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Once again, you have a completely different sound going on which kind of makes the album fragmented, but like I said, it is still a pretty solid release that you should be checking out.

Miasmal Track Listing:
1. Mesmerized – 5:10
2. Equinox 432 – 4:18
3. Blissful Cannonades – 3:55
4. We Will Live Forever – 4:12
5. Mists – 4:41
6. Toxic Breed – 3:57
7. Death Mask – 4:43
8. Chronicles – 5:52

CD Version:
9. Creation of Fire – 4:08
10. Bionic Godhead Erase – 5:28
11. Abduction of the Soul – 3:11
12. Kallocain – 4:47
13. Apocalypse Legion – 3:47
14. Anima Sola – 4:28

Tracks 1 to 8 were recorded, mixed and mastered at The Recording Machine in Gothenburg, Sweden and in Oslo, Norway from January to February 2011.

Tracks 9 and 10 were originally released as a 7″ EP. They were recorded in the winter of 2008 to 2009 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Tracks 11 to 14 were originally released as a demo. They were recorded in March and April of 2008 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Bass – Rick Ruben
Drums – Random Mike
Guitar – Magnus (15)
Guitar, Vocals, Recorded By, Mixed By – Pontus Redig

Emerging from Sweden’s underground in 2007, Miasmal instantly rose to the top of the crowded scene. Combining old school death metal with punkish riffs and a heap of d-beat, Miasmal released their demo in 2008 on Detest Records. This demo was an instant classic which led Miasmal to once again hit the studio to record a 7″ EP in 2010. Shortly after its release, the 7″ sold out which led Miasmal to take their show on the road, playing such fests such as NWN! Fest and Kill Town Death Fest.

Dark Descent Records is proud to announce the release of Miasmal’s best work to date. Their self-titled debut full-length features eight brand new hymns clocking in at over 36 minutes. Fans of true death metal will not be disappointed as the CD version also contains the sold out 2008 demo tracks and the two tracks from the 2010 7″ EP. In all, 14 tracks are contained on this release amounting to all of Miasmal’s work to date.

2011 promises to be the biggest year yet for Miasmal as they will tour the U.S. to support the new album playing stops such as Maryland Death Fest and Chaos in Tejas this summer.

Detest Records/Me Saco Un Ojo Records is simultaneously releasing the vinyl version.

Miasmal Band