Miasthenia – Sinfonia Ritual (feat. Ifall)
Release Date: 31/08/2019
Running time: 30:32
Review by Victor Augusto
One thing that I do admire in some bands is when they constantly keep evolving even after two decades of existence. If they can still impress their fans after so much time, they probably deserve all the attention they get. Firstly, I do have to describe Miasthenia’s music to make it clear. Miasthenia are a Pagan Metal band who bring the creepy sonority from Black Metal, but they play it incredibly with the harmonies, melodies and techniques of a great Heavy Metal band. The Portuguese lyrics are far from the silly Satanism or Antichrist themes you often get. Vocalist Susane Hécate delves deep into old civilization histories and describes how the Christians enforced their dogmas and culture, sometimes with bloodshed, during the 16th Century colonization. She has a Doctor’s degree in history and teaches at a local university and both of these things help her to create romances based on the theme.
Her keyboard parts are very noticeable on the compositions and have a great contrast with all the riffs. Marcos Thormianak is a killer guitar player too and his riffs and guitar work, together with Hécate’s keyboards, create a dense atmosphere. It is not superbly overblown like the symphonic parts from bands like Dimmu Borgir, however, it is as well composed, and Miasthenia just play it in a simpler manner. Basically the band have extreme and aggressive songs, that talk about Maya or Indians. All of this is strongly highlighted with an awesome record production, but don’t forget that I am talking about a band that was born from Black Metal influences in Brazil. Can you believe that this is possible? Yes, it is!
“Sinfonia Ritual”, specifically, consists of songs from Miasthenia’s last three albums, Antípodas (2017), “Legados do Inframundo” (2014) and “Supremacia Ancestral” (2008) that have been rearranged into totally symphonic versions. If the original tracks are amazing by their arrangements and heaviness these versions, created in collaboration with producer ‘Ifall’, create a vastly more epic atmosphere. Orchestration has reproduced all the riffs, vocals and keyboards. Just the drums and solos have been left behind.
The extract from the five songs that you can read on the CD booklet says: “In the ritualistic disease of the singing and dancing of Taqui Ongo’s preachers, Andean priests lamented the forgetfulness of ancestral rites and they announced the rebellion of the Huacas (Andean spirits) against the Christian religion. In Yucatán, the Mayan priest Chilam Balam predicted the “13 Ahau Katún”, that is an age marked by the arrival of Christians colonizers and it corresponds to the end of an ancient era, when agony evokes the force of blood sacrifices in the revival of death-rebirth-life rites to Xibalbá. In North America, the great tribal alliance of the Iroquois gave rise to the “Kayanerehn Kowa” or “The Great Law of Peace” which celebrated the end of wars and conflicts, in rituals that ensure the balance and harmony among native nations that fight for your rights. In 1542, in the South America forests, the powerful female Indian warriors Coniupuyaras confronted the Orellana conquering troops on the huge Amazonas River, disturbing the Christian and patriarchal order imposed by colonialism. “Deuses da Aurora Ancestral” celebrates the ancient tribal resistances that inspire us and connect us with the infinite ways of be, ways of being and ways of resist; in the past or in the present”.
Listening to “Sinfonia Ritual”, I felt like I had entered inside the soul of Miasthenia and discovered thorough details from them. It is like I can see their skeleton and ‘spinal tap’ from them their melodies, music structures and harmonies; all of it without the “Skin” of heaviness of the original songs. You just have to open your mind and embark on this saga to feel how glorious Miasthenia are.
01. Taqui Ongo
02. 13 Ahau Katún
03. Kayanerehn Kowa
05. Deuses Da Aurora Ancestral
Susane Hécate – Vocals, Keyboards
Thormianak – Guitars
Prometheus – Drums
Ifall – Arrangements, Synths, Vocals and Percussion
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