Length: 58:55 (min:secs)
Concluding two years of hard work, Sheffield quintet The Mirimar Disaster presented their debut self-titled album in 2007, which showcased nine honed and refined songs that had been sensibly produced by Alan Smythe.
And what a debut it was. Be prepared for powerful surges of energy, driving crushing riffage, strange rhythms and angry, growling, screaming vocals. Switching from a pounding pace to serene and then back to a thorough beating within an instant, they create ferociously tight, mesmerizing, evocative landscapes of sound. Songs that build a brooding atmosphere that provoke before exploding in your face like an ownerless rucksack on an underground train. It’s experimental, searching and probing while always maintaining a groove that becomes irresistible without ever being made into anything that resembles a conventional song structure, it’s just a special blend of intense Mirimar metal. There are many highlights but maybe “Persius”, “Scenario”, “If Lockheeds Could Speak” and “The Thinking Tree” perhaps deserve an extra mention, but to be honest there isn’t a duff track on the album and it plays like a rewarding collection of work designed to float you away on some bizarre voyage.
Pleasingly balanced between aggression, precision and style shaping temperament, this dynamic, heavy style pushes the boundaries through nine monolithically epic songs lasting an hour. Fuck these bastards that say this is too long for an album - fucking MTV, microwave, want it now wankers (Ooooh, listen to him! - Ed) - this is an extraordinary musical journey that warrants spending all that time and you shouldn’t miss a single minute of it!
(23rd March, 2008)