Mefitic - Woes of Mortal Devotion (CD)
Those who are familiar with Mefitic's earlier releases are likely to note a distinct evolution in the band's sound on their debut full-length. Although it continues to fester in the wound recently opened by the 2012 EP, "Columns of Subsidence," the approach to this album is notably less chaos-driven and instead more controlled than previous recordings. On the one hand, it invokes the same raw intensity of bands like Black Witchery and Demoncy, and on the other it conjures a hypnotic dissonance akin to that of a band like Antaeus, as well as a ritualistic dimension similar to that of Necros Christos and Teitanblood. Having been recorded at the infamous Mara Cave, as done previously by fellow countrymen Blasphemophagher and Demonomancy, a gimmick-free and rehearsal-like atmosphere results in a natural sound that successfully enhances the asphyxiating character of the music. Finally, as a perfect complement to the music itself, the artwork gracing the cover of the 12-page booklet, as executed by Manuel Tinnemans, undeniably evokes the same anguished and corrupted vision of a world also represented in Mefitic's lyrical themes.
Of all of the similar groups, Mefitic is probably closest in aesthetic to ZOM with its frequent punk beats. But even this fails to fully qualify the experience. I can say this: if I were to draw out a spectrum of death metal to black metal, they could easily be the closest to the BM pole. The ruthless tremolo lines are front and center, the centerpiece of most songs. These dark and ominous guitar lines are also the starting point of nearly every major transition... - Metal Trenches 4/5