MYSTICUM – Planet Satan (CD)
Wow, Mysticum resurrected themselves from one of Norway’s blackest of black graves, and are now back with “Planet Satan”, after almost 20 years of no activity with their industrial style of black metal music.
Musically, I was not a fan of their first album, as it totally sucked due to its poor studio production, lack of any talent due to lackluster musicianship, and all of the songs sounded alike. Basically, you heard one or two tracks, and you’d listened to the whole CD – this was boring as fuck. “Planet Satan” is a slight marked improvement, but this time they fucked up using a drum machine again, yes again. The drum machine needs to be ditched for a real live drummer. I know they’re going for that monotonous bullshit industrial metal vibe mixed with black metal elements, however, here their playing is abrasive as a circular saw, sawing through steel, nothing out of this world. The drum machine sounds too dry, mechanical, and gives these guys more of a Scandinavian comic feel to their tripped out, psychedelic, industrial, drug-induced black metal music of yesteryear. “Planet Satan” is a very funny name for an album as it is something that Gwar would call one of their records.
Mysticum never was anything out of the ordinary, and this comeback album fails to impress in general due to the fact they’re not doing anything new or something that has not been done before. Don’t waste your time here – it’s a fucking joke, taking up unnecessary space on record store shelves and planet satan cyber space. [Peaceville] Sarjoo Devani