Canadian death metal
and prog metal fusion band, Messora has brought unto thee their first full-length
record The Door, and it seems as if we’ve got something quite
solid on our hands. Pulling great aspects of progressive metal to underline
them with certain qualities of death metal (where great stability can be found,)
Messora has quietly yet confidently established an interesting yet appealing
sound, with potential for further musical endeavours.
The words ‘Megadeth’ and ‘Dethklok’ wash over the mind as the record begins in a chaotic crash of almost incomprehensible sound, which is promptly followed by a wave of clean guitar that is truly an interest-peaking moment. No stability is lost when getting hit by heavy distortion and death metal vocals, thankfully, due to the wonderful production and composition of this record. For those new to the genre, this record would be a very eye-opening listen, and one that is more easily appreciated by inexperienced metal listeners. Ethereal breaths permeate the rest of the album as well, certainly inspired by Tool’s ability to make music into a straight pipe of information from the Earth’s core. [DK1]
Specifically speaking, many aspects of this record are handled with great care and obvious attention to detail; the smooth production, the intuitive structure, the well-executed technicality, and even freakishly appropriate song names and artwork. However, as much as I appreciate these things that are often overlooked (don’t even GET me started,) I am left wanting more of the inner-twistings of Messora’s mind. The Door’s qualities just make me want to plunge even further into this group of musicians’ talents, but maybe that just means I’m greedy for astonishing artwork, and for that, I will not apologize.
The ultimate wonder of this album are the tiny nuggets of total fractalization of thoughts whilst listening; calm moments of uncertainty mirrored with well-structured distortion, verses of existentially challenging lyrics, the analyzation and rationalizations of the messages sent through this piece of art. This is the true nature of a language as universal as music: the questioning and exploration of what is truly beneath, within, and above.
Written by Talia Plante
*edited by Danielle Kenedy