Mitochondrion – Parasignosis

Mitochondrian

Parasignosis

01. Plague Evockation (Pestilentiam Intus Vocamus, Voluntatem Absolvimus Part I)
02. Lex Ego Exitium (Pestilentiam Intus Vocamus, Voluntatem Absolvimus Part II)
03. Tetravirulence (Pestilentiam Intus Vocamus, Voluntatem Absolvimus Part III)
04. Trials
05. Rift Apex
06. Parasignosis
07. Banishment (Undecaphosphoric)
08. Kathenotheism
09. Untitled
10. Untitled
11. Ambient Outro

[01/18/2011]
[Profound Lore]

Mitochondrion aren’t a band I’m entirely familiar with, having only one previous album, but I do remember their name being mentioned in association with bands like Portal, Deathspell Omega and Ulcerate. So I went into listening to Parasignosis with those pre-conceptions in mind, however what I came across is something far less defined and more nebulous, but at the same time this album is as natural as it is unnatural.

My main problem with the sound of Portal was that it felt like they took it too far, the uneven song structures and complete disregard for any sense of melody or rhythm was a little over thought, it was incredibly interesting but is wasn’t the unnerving, tension building experiment it should have been. Enter Parasignosis, an album that spends as much time bathed in murky depths of dissonant black metal as it does roaring through blistering death fucking metal. Yet at the same time it feels, and I feel a little strange saying this, original.

The album opens with a three part trilogy, going well beyond the 15 minute mark overall, but it is not a chore. It’s a journey through the deepest recesses of the human imagination, a meandering trek containing unrestrained blasting and malicious tremolo picking. A Deathspell Omega influence is at the the forefront of this, especially the more furious moments of ‘Fas – Ite, Meldicti, In Ignem Aeternum’, which is always a good thing but it’s the second chapter with it’s journey from Esoteric style funeral doom to a full throttle blasting section, more reminiscent of earlier Akercocke, that really shows the bands talent.

Trials, is an odd follow up as it pretty much acts as the ‘single’ for this album, it’s a 5  minute track that encompasses the main aims of Parasignosis; guttural growls, demonic guitar leads, uncompromising drums and viscous atmosphere. This is achieved half through the song itself and half through the production which is absolutely astounding, apparently mixed by the band and mastered by none other than Colin Marston (Behold… The Arctopus), it is genuinly terrifying.

Parasignosis unfortunately tails off in quality in the latter parts of the album, while Kathenotheism works quite well in drawing the intensity back and acting as a more haunting and brooding piece, I didn’t really feel the need to come back to it after listening through the album a few times. Also, the ambient outro just feels like filler, I understand the need for a band to attempt different things but at just under 10 minutes it feels very ‘tacked on’ at the end and that the album wouldn’t lose much without it being there.

It feels like I’ve listed a lot of other bands in this review as similar but still I don’t think there is one particular band that they take precise influence from, they appear to seamlessly shift between styles with relative ease.  Maybe Portal is the closest but where they are a Lovecraftian monstrosity lurking between dimensions of space and time, Mitochondrion are the rotting corpse under the floor boards of your house. Which is far more terrifying because you know it could happen.

Mitochondrion – Parasignosis gets…

4.5/5

– DL