The latest release from the mystical Telesterion. Continuing on their journey to uncover the Eleusinian mysteries, their latest release Myesis is very much a continuation of their first release, An Ear of Grain in Silence Reaped. Following much in the same ‘post-metal/prog-metal’ patterns, there’s something a bit more ethereal and doom laden with this release as opposed to the previous. Which has its ups and downs but overall this is again a very solid release.
This is a much more of a slower start in this EP compared to the first release. Each track almost seem double-sided with how they play out and how their named. For example, the opening track Arrival/Seekers are clearly split in between the ambient synth opening and the crushing guitar riffs that soon make themselves known. The production hasn’t changed much from that lo-fi approach but this time I do feel like it benefits from the more ambient and drawn out guitar riffs that help create a deep sense of imagery that I think this band is known for. To describe it in one word, this EP is very ‘immersive’. You can truly find yourself lost in this music, and the members behind the band are extremely talented at song-writing as its both catchy, and with very limited vocals that you can barely really understand, paint a fantastic story.
But on the other hand, that story they’re spinning is very slow, and not in that crushingly heavy ‘doom metal’ type of slow, but just a slow march that is represented with the chugging riffs and very mid-paced drums. The guitars do change up from time to time but I just feel like there’s to much time in between transition where its the same riff repeated over and over to the point where it kinda gets drilled into your head and not in a fun catchy sorta way. Personally, I feel like this is a draw back from the EP that stops me from loving this album all the way fully. It also doesn’t feel like that much of a change from their first release besides the pace and the almost simpler approach to the guitars. None of it is played bad what so ever, just feels like it can be a bit much especially if you’re trying to listen casually.
All in all though, this is yet another solid release from Telesterion. Expect more of what you’re already familiar with. Excellent song writing, an arcane atmosphere, and a unique philosophical theme that doesn’t show up all too often. This is easily their strongest release yet, and any fan of progressive metal or instrumental post-rock would very much enjoy this. Personally, I was sorta disappointed as I was expecting something a bit more unique from what they’ve done in the past, but sometimes doing more of the same is always a safe bet, especially if you nailed down a very interesting musical formula such as this. Any fan of metal should give this a listen.