Mord'A'Stigmata are one of those bands that are almost painfully interesting. Their latest release off Pagan Records, the three track and twenty seven minute long Our Hearts Slow Down is a strangely charming and oftentimes ambient black metal record that emphasizes atonality and strange moments of sonic chaos. They have finely honed their sound into something inherently twisted. This record screws its way into your skull inch by bleeding inch and then forces you to pledge fealty to one of the most unique black metal releases of the year.
The thing is, Mord'A'Stigmata don't really sound like anyone else, except for possibly Sigh or even Hawkwind. The thing is, these guys are so far gone into their own triumphant trip that it's really hard to find any concrete ties to the rest of the musical world in their sound. The poetry behind every dissonant guitar line is kind of jarring and the despairing vocals that kick off the record maintain a similar level of intensity throughout making for some truly unsettling listening. The point is - Mord'A'Stigmata are aware of how wonderfully demented black metal can be and they exploit every side of it on Our Hearts Slow Down.
As the record winds down to an appropriately disquieting conclusion it becomes even harder to ignore the eternal power found within. Our Hearts Slow Down sees the band taking bloody bites out of your flesh and forcing you to chortle with glee at each painful chord. Mord'A'Stigmata have hacked into my very psyche on this album and it makes for a record that is really hard to turn off. These guys understand the delicious evil behind their music and they want you to choke on it, can you take the pill?
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