If there’s a band capable of satisfying our hunger for cosmic black metal, that’s surely Mesarthim: the unstoppable duo of space explorers has now finally complete control over their music and still keeps on releasing stuff over stuff with just a few months in between — and none of their releases are bad, it’s unarguable. Point is, now, that they hadn’t just hit a bullseye: they smashed the dartboard with a whole shuttle. Let’s start from the basics: the title, Ghost Condensate, refers to a theory related to dark matter and dark energy, that could be derived from the above mentioned fluid called ghost condensate; as it happened with The Density Parameter, our Aussies chose once again to investigate the mysteries of cosmos from a really scrupulous, scientific point of view.
The album’s made of two colossal tracks, displaying each a different aspect of Mesarthim‘s soul: one’s clearly the consequence of their work of the last years, whereas the other tries to go beyond that limit — whilst still growing from the same roots. This second kind of track rages over the first half of the record, surprising us with and proving to be one of the best piece of music ever released by the band — especially when it manages to perfectly balance black metal and trance, as guitars follow the synthetic melody to a monolithic 4/4 dynamicised by the bass, which’s played on the upbeat. Our Aussies’ trademark, cosmic trait characterises not only their celestial synths, but also that majestic guitar solo marking one of the highest (and yet numerous) emotional peaks of the song. There’s not even room for doubting the consistency of this track, not even when a hip-hop-like beat pops up between a blast beat and another, because it doesn’t feel misplaced there — and that’s possibly due to the omnipresent, cosmic synths keeping the right atmosphere.
The second half of the album comes with the hard task not to sound disappointing after all this; and it succeeded. Part II proves to be satisfyingly good, though not as much as part I — this time without that many experiments, almost playing it safe. Even if it’s marked by sharper metal elements (especially during its first ten minutes), this song features many dreaming moments inserted right when they’re needed the most, taking advantage of the electronic elements in order to create purely ethereal melodies. It’s also worth noticing that the second half of the track gets darker and darker, also featuring an organ that gives this whole piece of music a more solemn and sombre tone.
Mesarthim didn’t revolution their formula, and yet they managed to produce this very Ghost Condensate, definitely one of their finest works. The songs’ length is absolutely not a problem for the duo, which on the contrary highlights the musicians’ craftsmanship to put to music the universe’s magnificence. Although the first half of the record is the one which surprises you the most, the second lets you understand the huge amount of experience these Aussies gathered over the years, which led them to build that classic sound we can’t get enough of — at least here. Bravoes!