Mist Premiere “The Offering” from Debut Album Free Me of the Sun

Posted in audiObelisk, Reviews on May 23rd, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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Mist release their debut full-length, Free Me of the Sun, June 1 via Soulseller Records. Thus far, the Ljubljana, Slovenia-based five-piece have unveiled two songs from the follow-up to 2015’s EP, Inan’ (discussed here) and the prior Demo 2013 (review here) in the form of “Disembody Me” and album opener “The Ghoul.” Both exceedingly doomly outings, “The Ghoul” touched on a post-Candlemass sense of the epic in its chorus riffing and the echoing vocals of Nina Spruk, while “Disembody Me” dug into a lumbering march that was pure Sabbath in its origins. As they have all along, Mist evoke a sense of classic doom and give the listener the fervent impression that they know exactly what the hell it is they’re doing. Nothing to complain about in either case.

With the reveal of “The Offering,” the band — Spruk alongside guitarists Blaz Tansek (lead) and Ema Babosek (rhythm, also backing vocals), bassist Neza Pecan and drummer Mihaela Zitko [Pleasemist free me of the sun note: accent marks removed from names with apologies because the characters wouldn’t show up in WordPress] — allow listeners to dig a little deeper into Free Me of the Sun, and show something of a different face on the way. Departing from the lurch of “Disembody Me” and the grandiosity of “The Ghoul,” “The Offering” brings a more uptempo kick to its verse riff, a heavy ’70s swing and stomp in its verse calling to mind a modern take on proto-metal and the early NWOBHM doomism of Pagan Altar while trading between faster and slower pacing as it makes its way fluidly through its relatively quick sub-four-minute runtime, retaining the essential tonality and doomed vibe of the other cuts as it goes.

That last factor is perhaps the most significant info one can glean from “The Offering” as it relates to Free Me of the Sun as a whole, because it tells us that Mist, five years on from their demo but still making their debut, are able to capture a varied sound while still retaining the melody and atmosphere central to what they do. I’d tell you more about the record, but my promo was on my recently stolen laptop, so I’m in the same boat as you may be in terms of just having these three tracks to go by ahead of the release. Nonetheless, I think you can hear significant promise in the sound of “The Offering” — dig that solo just before the end — for some of the diversity of approach that Mist are bringing to the 10-track long-player.

One more time, Free Me of the Sun is out June 1 on Soulseller Records. You’ll find “The Offering” on the player below, followed by more info from the PR wire.

Please enjoy:

Mist, “The Offering” official track premiere

When MIST first released their 2013 Demo as an all-female band they never dreamed it would become recognized around the globe for its unique dark harmonies contrasted by powerful feminine vocals. Their music is natural, raw and the riffs reflect the themes of their lyrics – nature, spells, death – which are more often than not deeply inspired by the occult. MIST’s traditional doom sound builds on the legacy of legendary bands like Black Sabbath, Pentagram, Candlemass, Coven, Saint Vitus and others.

In 2014 the band signed with Soulseller Records and released the »Inan’« EP in 2015, as well as their 2013 Demo which had previously been sold-out twice. They have since performed with a number of legendary artists, such as Manilla Road, Jex Thoth, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats and have owned the stage at Bloodstock, Hammer Of Doom, MetalDays, Malta Doom Festival and more.

This year, MIST will release ten brand new songs on their first full-length album titled »Free Me Of The Sun«. Staying true to their traditional doom roots the band builds upon strong riffs with bright female vocals and epic guitar solos. The album was recorded in Studio Ork, produced and mixed by Benjamin Kic and mastered by Patrick W. Engel – Temple of Disharmony. With this release MIST are starting a new chapter on their path in the depths of doom. They are eternally grateful to fans for all their support and vow to spread the word of doom ’till death do them part.

Line-up:
Lead vocals : Nina Spruk
Rhythm guitar & backing vocals: Ema Babosek
Lead guitar : Blaz Tansek
Bass : Neza Pecan
Drums : Mihaela Zitko

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Mist Announce Debut LP Free Me of the Sun Due June 1

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 16th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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Slovenian doomers Mist are three years out from their Inan’ EP that marked their first release on Soulseller Records. It’s been half a decade since their Demo 2013 (review here) first turned ears in their direction, and the five-piece have set June 1 as the issue date for their debut full-length, Free Me of the Sun, from which you can stream the track “Disembody Me” at the bottom of this post.

While they may work at a pace we’ll call “doomed” and leave it at that, it doesn’t at all appear Mist have been wasting their time. Even from Inan’ and certainly from the demo, one can hear progression in their sound and songwriting. It seems easy to imagine they’ll work with classic textures throughout Free Me of the Sun — at least, that’s what “Disembody Me” hints toward — but I wouldn’t be surprised either if Mist have a few tricks up their collective sleeve. A mostly straightforward tack with some added nuance seems to be their modus so far.

The following album details came down the PR wire for human consumption:

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MIST – Debut Full-Length in June – Details and First Song released

MIST, the Slovenian priestesses of doom, return with their debut full-length!

“Free Me Of The Sun” will be released through Soulseller Records on 1st June 2018 on CD, vinyl and in digital formats.

Staying true to their traditional Doom Metal roots, the band builds upon strong riffs with bright female vocals and epic guitar solos. The album was recorded in Studio Ork, produced and mixed by Benjamin Kic and mastered by Patrick W. Engel (Temple of Disharmony).

With this release MIST are starting a new chapter on their path in the depths of doom!

Tracklist:
1. The Ghoul
2. Ora Pro Nobis
3. White Torch
4. December
5. Altar Of You
6. Disembody Me
7. The Offering
8. Demonized
9. Delirium
10. Free Me Of The Sun

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Mist UK Tour Starts Next Week

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 16th, 2015 by JJ Koczan

mist (Photo by Lara Žitko)

Slovenian doomers Mist are heading out on their first tour of the UK starting Sept. 21. The five-piece band will be heralding the May 2015 release of their Inan’ EP on Soulseller Records, sneaking in a Belgian gig beforehand, and prefacing an appearance in the Netherlands next month at the Into the Void fest, where they’ll play with UfomammutMy Sleeping Karma and of course an enviable ton of others. After the band’s well-received Demo 2013 (review here), they continued to earn praise with Inan’ for their take on classic doom, atmospheric but not overblown and true to the genre’s riffy roots.

Tour dates and other info follow, as seen on the PR wire:

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Mist announced their first ever UK tour!

Ljubljana, Slovenia-based doom metal band Mist announced their first ever UK tour and just before that they will also make a short stop in Belgium. The band will be promoting their new EP entitled »Inan’« released in May 2015 via Soulseller Records.

Tour dates:
21.09.2015 Liège (BE), Péniche La Légia w/ Fading Bliss, Hyde
22.09.2015 Sheffield (UK), The Rocking Chair w/ Kurokuma, Northern Oak, The Miser On The Faerie Gump
23.09.2015 Edinburgh (UK), Bannermans Bar
24.09.2015 Aberdeen (UK), Downstairs w/ Civilised Worm, Oliver Richard
25.09.2015 Glasgow (UK), Nice N Sleazy w/ Aye Aye, Mauk
26.09.2015 London (UK), The Dev w/ Desolate Pathway, Sunstone
30.09.2015 Zagreb (CRO), Vintage Industrial Bar w/ Jex Thoth, Black Monastery
24.10.2015 Leeuwarden (NL) – Into The Void Festival w/ Sólstafir, Mono, Ufomammut, My Sleeping Karma, Christian Mistress, Wucan,…

Mist is a female-fronted doom metal band from Slovenia, formed in July 2012. They build their music on the legacy of legendary bands like Black Sabbath, Pentagram, Candlemass, Coven, Saint Vitus and others.

Even though they are a young band they have already had a chance to support some great acts, such as Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Helstar, Vicious Rumors, Manilla Road, Saint Vitus, Orange Goblin, Avatarium, Mount Salem, Seremonia, Officium Triste, Ophis and Cauchemar, and have already toured Austria, Italy, Croatia, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands. They also played the Malta Doom Metal Festival and the renowned Hammer Of Doom Festival last year, and this year they appeared on MetalDays Festival in Tolmin (Slovenia).

Mist released their first demo recording »Demo 2013« in November 2013 which has also been re-issued on CD and limited 7″ vinyl by Soulseller Records. They recently released a new EP entitled »Inan’«, including 3 brand new songs and re-recorded version of track Phobia from the previous release. The new EP was recorded in the fall of 2014, produced, mixed and mastered by Benjamin Kic from BK Mastering. The brilliant cover art was created by drummer Mihaela Žitko.

Line-up:
Nina Spruk – lead vocals
Ema Babošek – rhythm guitar & backing vocals
Blaž Tanšek – lead guitar
Neža Pe?an – bass
Mihaela Žitko – drums

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Mist to Release New EP Inan’ on May 8

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 2nd, 2015 by JJ Koczan

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Slovenian doom five-piece Mist will issue their new EP, the apostrophe-inclusive Inan’, on May 8 through Soulseller Records. Technically speaking, it’s their debut EP as well, though their Demo 2013 (review here) made enough of an impression that it was hard to think of it as the work of a band getting their bearings. Still, Inan’ will be four tracks and finds the Ljubljana outfit past the demo stage and onto more realized terrain. I wouldn’t be surprised if a first full-length followed soon behind.

Particularly notable is the fact that neither of the two tracks from Demo 2013 is reused for Inan’. I can’t help but wonder if there’s some aesthetic shift at play as well, and perhaps that’s what the incense and skull-holding in the photo above as well is hinting toward. We’ll find out in the Spring where Mist are headed sound-wise, and until then, here’s the info on Inan’ and the artwork for the EP, crafted by drummer Mihaela Žitko, courtesy of the PR wire:

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MIST: New EP details revealed

Slovenian Doom Metal band MIST will release a new EP (cd/lim.12″/digital) on May 8th though Soulseller Records. The 4-tracker entitled »Inan’« will include 3 new songs and one from the »Demo 2013«, recorded anew with the influence of the band’s current lead guitarist, Blaž Tanšek.

MIST formed in July 2012, originally as an all-female band, and build their music on the legacy of legendary bands like Black Sabbath, Pentagram, Candlemass, Coven, Saint Vitus and others.

»Inan’« was recorded in the fall of 2014, produced, mixed and mastered by Benjamin Kic from BK Mastering. The brilliant cover art was created by drummer Mihaela Žitko.

Tracklist:
1. Inan’
2. Frozen Velvet
3. Phobia
4. Under The Night Sky

Line-up:
Nina Spruk – lead vocals
Ema Babošek – rhythm guitar & backing vocals
Blaž Tanšek – lead guitar
Neža Pe?an – bass
Mihaela Žitko – drums

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Mist to Release New EP on Soulseller Records

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 8th, 2014 by JJ Koczan

They’ve gone from a five-piece to a four-piece since the successful release of their Demo 2013 (review here), and it will be interesting as Slovenian doomers Mist make their debut on Soulseller Records to hear if that has an effect on their sound. The demo was cohesive sonically if also somewhat barebones in its style, but the band has continued to grow their reputation, touring Europe earlier this year and appearing at fests including the upcoming Hammer of Doom 9 in Germany and the Malta Doom Metal Festival. The theme, as you can probably tell, is doom.

Recording for Mist‘s new EP reportedly began at the start of the month. Title, tracks, release date, cover art and other info to come, but here’s the PR wire announcement that it’ll be released on Soulseller:

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MIST SIGN WITH SOULSELLER RECORDS, EP COMING THIS FALL

Demons and witches gather!

Ljubljana, Slovenia’s all female doom metal group, MIST, have signed with Soulseller Records. The ambitious young band released their first demo recording simply titled “Demo 2013” in November last year. The demo has been re-issued on CD three times due to great interest.

“The past few months we have been working on an EP, which is to be released this winter, so we are really excited to have been offered a deal from Dutch label Soulseller records. We are looking forward to start a new chapter on our musical path and taking everything to the next level” the band states. The 4 tracker is scheduled to be released this winter on cd,vinyl and digital.

Formed in July 2012, MIST name legendary bands such as Black Sabbath, Pentagram, Candlemass, Coven, Saint Vitus and others as their key influences. They have already received positive reviews, radio airplay and had the chance to support bands such as Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Helstar, Officium Triste, Ophis and Cauchemar.

The band have already toured Austria, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and will hit the road again in Autumn, including performances at Malta Doom Metal Festival and the renowned Hammer Of Doom Festival in Würzburg, Germany.

“Demo 2013” is still available as a name-your-price download on their Bandcamp page here http://mistdoom.bandcamp.com/album/demo-2013

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Mist Announce European Tour Dates and Fest Appearances

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 23rd, 2014 by JJ Koczan

Slovenian doom five-piece Mist have announced a string of tour dates for this summer supporting their debut release, Demo 2013 (review here). The ladies-only outfit have already made an impression with both their demo and their live performances, and after sharing the stage with the likes of Uncle Acid and Helstar, they’ll perform alongside Saint Vitus, Trouble and many others at the Hammer of Doom festival in Germany. They’re also booked for the Malta Doom Metal Festival, where they’ll play with Reino Ermitano, Manilla Road and more, so expect to hear more about Mist as the next few months play out.

For now, the PR wire offers the following:

MIST announces European tour dates

Slovenian doom metal ladies MIST, which returns to the live stage after a short absence, are set to embark on their first ever European mini-tour by the end of May. For now scheduled shows are booked in Belgium and The Netherlands. Before that they will appear at Doom Fest 2014: Night Of The Fallen Angels II in Italy and also support heavy metal veterans Helstar, led by the legendary James Rivera (Sabbath Judas Sabbath, Distant Thunder, Malice) in their hometown, Ljubljana. MIST have also been confirmed for the Malta Doom Metal Festival 2014 and Hammer Of Doom Festival in Germany.

MIST is a new all-female doom metal band from Ljubljana, formed in July 2012. They build their music on the legacy of legendary bands like Black Sabbath, Pentagram, Candlemass, Coven, Saint Vitus and others. With the premiere live show at the end of September 2013 the girls without a doubt demonstrated, that such a specific genre of music is not necessarily just a mens domain. MIST released their first demo simply entitled “Demo 2013” in November last year, which was re-issued only 2 weeks later due the large interest. Their demo also received many promising reviews and radio airplays from all over the globe. Even though they are a young band they already had a chance to support Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats in Vienna, Austria.

MIST tour dates:
01.05. Maribor (SLO), Gustaf w/ Handful Of Hate, Verminate
10.05. Brescia (ITA), Circolo Colony – Doom Fest 2014: Night Of The Fallen Angels II w/ Officium Triste, Ophis, Lacrima,…
15.05. Ljubljana (SLO), Orto Bar w/ Helstar, Classified
16.05. Kranj (SLO), Trainstation Squat – Season Of The Witch (special DJ set)
23.05. Tilburg (NL), Little Devil w/ Cauchemar, Akelei
24.05. Brugge (BE), Wall Of Sound w/ Tyrant’s Kall, Hootka, Trip Hazard
30.05. Velenje (SLO), eMCe Plac – Sound Arson w/ Home Bug, Harry, Umor,…
31.05. Ljubljana (SLO), Gromka w/ Universe217, The Blues Against Youth,…
13.06. Zagradec (SLO) – Bloody Friday w/ Soulcharger (ex-Dead Dildo Drome),…
23.-25.10. Malta (MT), Chateau Buskett – The Malta Doom Metal Festival 2014 w/ Manilla Road, Officium Triste, Reino Ermitano,…
15.11. Würzburg (DE), Posthalle – Hammer Of Doom 9 w/ Saint Vitus, Avatarium, Mount Salem, The Ruins Of Beverast,…

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The Obelisk Radio Add of the Week: Mist, Demo 2013

Posted in Radio on December 4th, 2013 by JJ Koczan

There are a number of bands out there using the moniker Mist, or one derived from it, but the newcomer Ljubljana five-piece probably have the market for Slovenian doom sewn up. The double-guitar/standalone-vocal traditional doom outfit began in Summer 2012, and last month their two-song debut, Demo 2013, was self-released digitally and on limited CD with artwork and logo design by drummer Mihaela Žitko, who’s joined in the band by vocalist Nina Spruk, lead guitarist Nina Grizoni?, rhythm guitarist Ema Babošek and bassist Neža Pe?an, each of whom aligns to her position to prove the universal natural of doom. Anywhere you go, there’s doom. Spruk sings in English as well, and both “Phobia” and “The Living Dead” prove as accessible in their themes as in their riffs. It’s doomer’s doom for sure, but the riffs are there and the songs lock in dark atmospheres that feel dead set on classic metal adherence.

I don’t you’d call either “Phobia” or “The Living Dead” revolutionary, but they’re well done for being the fivesome’s formative work. With backing whispers from Babošek, Spruk tops a straightforward lurch plays out like half-speed Judas Priest, giving a bleak viewpoint sonically while creating a memorable impression in Grizoni?‘s lead work and the vocal delivery. Mist sound like they’re just getting their start — and indeed they are — but this brief document of their first year finds them already knowing what they want out of their doom, and touching on nuance in how the solos are integrated, such as in the second half as a first-noodling-then-bluesy lead takes over and carries “Phobia” to a feedback drenched section to which Spruk adds some final lines before a quick Saint Vitus-style noise barrage leads the A side to its finish. “The Living Dead” is more upbeat, with a stronger hook that rounds out with the line, “You are the living dead!” calling to mind any number of doomly zombie fixations, among them Scott Reagers‘, though the production has a more modern feel than persistent Vitus comparisons might lead one to believe. I guess throwing Pentagram into the mix wouldn’t help that expressing-modernity cause either, but there’s some of that as well going on in the riffing for “The Living Dead.”

As Mist continue to get their bearings on their approach to the ways and rites of doom — maybe these tracks get pressed as a 7″? — it seems only proper to have them added to the it’s-on-all-the-friggin’-time playlist of The Obelisk Radio. You can check “Phobia” and “The Living Dead” out in that stream or take a listen via the Bandcamp player below. Either way, doom on:

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