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Mitochondrion - 'Parasignosis'

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Mitochondrion - Parasignosis

Mitochondrion - Parasignosis

Profound Lore Records
The last time I heard the term mitochondrion used was in high school biology class. In laymen’s terms mitochondria are the powerhouses of cells that make a number of chemical processes possible. In musical terms, they are a beguiling and infinitely interesting musical act from Canada seemingly possessed by evil spirits that would make the bad guys in The Exorcist flinch.

No, this isn’t gore metal or Satanic schlock or the accustomed bag of tricks we metal fans have grown to tolerate if not love.  Instead, this band seems to have a legitimate channel into some unearthly and malevolent power, much like the best church choirs claim to be channeling God.  On Parasignosis vast and seemingly endless soundscapes of guitars race, halt and then steamroll into eternity on tracks like “Tetravirulence.”   

The vocals sound hollered from the top of a mountain like Baal trying to convince Moses’ followers to desert the righteous path and turn to evil.  Songs repeat a riffs for a trancelike effect as still-menacing voices rumble in the back. There are no breaks; merely bridges to another view of a bottomless chasm.  The eponymous track is a wall of sound that almost constricts breathing.

There are number of bands you can name check – Deathspell Omega and Profound Lore labelmates Portal and Vasaeleth for starters. But these are ballpark comparisons; this album is remarkably fresh.  This isn’t music that you read about; it is music you need to feel and experience. So perhaps the best endorsement is this: track down Parasignosis and let it wrap its noxious noise around you like a body bag.

Disclosure: A review copy was provided by the publisher. For more information, please see our Ethics Policy.
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