Review from Ave Noctum

February 28, 2020
From: Ave Noctum
Published: February 26, 2020

Ooo, here’s an oddity. This is the debut full length by Quebec based black metal band Maeskyyrn, but I have to say it doesn’t at first sight seem to fit in with the stuff I usually listen to from that productive scene. For a start the song titles and lyrics are in English… But a fair few of their social media missives are. And they have played live with those other bands so clearly they fit in nicely. So, what’s at play here?

Well the first track, ‘Introduction: The Artificial Light’ has a slow, dreamy, almost cosmic sound, a little Midnight Odyssey in the keyboards and whispered vocals until it eases into a slow, atmospheric riff. It’s almost DSBM in its feel, a grey, cold melancholy sweeping through the music, a little Winterfylleth at their simplest until the guitar break pushes it away. It then bursts into ‘Gathering Believers Amongst Sheep’ on a mid-paced riff that is so very Scandinavian in feel with aggressive vocals, but it’s when it drops back into a softer, slower mode around the midpoint that the song really shows its depth for me, albeit briefly. Beyond that perhaps it is a touch generic; not bad mind, just ok.

We then get the instrumental, almost subliminal drift of ‘I’ that wraps us once more in keyboard introspection. Again, it transitions superbly into ‘These Battlefields Where No One Walks Twice’ which has a weird but wonderful Destroyer 666 deep, malevolent slow style to it opening out into a melodic black metal riff all trilling notes and low down grunt. It has hooks, clean lead breaks and the deeper vocals are excellent. Ok this is good; very. A little choppy section and a Viking metal swagger and feel rounds it out nicely. Curious.

Second interlude ‘II’ follows and ‘The Slow Death Of The Years And Other Omens’ rides in in turbulence and keyboards that hark back to the early days of Gehenna. At nine minutes this is a bit on the epic side and despite distinct passages and drifts into quieter moments and gentle waters I do waver a bit but also suddenly the name Limbonic Art drops in and I begin to nod in that sage-like way reviewers do when they think watching them. Just something about the heavy use of keyboards allied with an often very Scandinavian style of riff and vocals that constantly pulls me in that vague direction without being a huge influence.

We get the third interlude then, and into ‘Of Forest And Troubled Pasts’ where the sound drifts towards the English sound of mist and hills and melancholy and lovely it is too. The hook-line here is just gorgeous, the feel of a land and nature washing over you in great grey waves. Another nine minutes but no wavering here; it enthrals and takes me places and is beautifully judged. Clean vocals appear, the keyboards are rich and the guitar break is excellent. Think a little like the UKs Deadwood Lake here.

And we end with…er… ‘The End’. A final bit of Midnight Odyssey styling, a soft slow end.

It’s a fascinating debut; not perfect and at times there’s still a little tension between the various influences at play from the tad generic Scandinavian sound, through a couple of branches of the English feel and the gentle mastery of Dis Pater. They will work it out though as their grasp of transition between sounds is excellent, the interludes are not wasted or jarring and they are not afraid to use more metal guitar leads breaks either. There are ideas and talent and a real feel here.

They might not slot neatly alongside their Quebec brethren but, hey, Maeskyyrn are definitely one to watch if melodic, atmospheric black your thing

Rating: 7/10
Reviewed by: Gizmo

Review from Chama do Metal

November 13, 2019
From: Chama do Metal
Published: November 12, 2019 

Saudações bangers, hoje com prazer apresentamos Maeskyyrn, banda canadense de Black Metal, formada em 2017, iniciando suas atividades no período de 2018 com lançamento da demo “Thoughts Of Shattered Dreams”, e neste ano de 2019 com seu primeiro álbum de estúdio, “Interlude”.

Em Interlude, temos um tradicional Black Metal aos moldes das ondas da cena norueguesa, com guitarras chorosas e carregadas de atmosfera, executad...

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Review from Musipedia of Metal

November 6, 2019
From: Musipedia of Metal
Published: November 6, 2019

Interlude is the debut album from Canadian Melodic Black Metal band Maeskyyrn. Somewhat unimaginatively titled, the album has three tracks titled Interlude as well for good measure. My first thought is I'm seeing a lot more metal (Black Metal in particular) coming from Canada. Having now listened to this album I can safely add this to the list of good Black Metal from Canada. As debut albums go this is a solid offering with some ...

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Review from Metal Temple

November 5, 2019
From: Metal Temple
Published: November 5, 2019

Before the project MAESKRYYN was created, Alexandre Lamothe AKA "Harslingoth, the Overseer" and Philippe Hurtubise AKA "Saemyaza, The Last Eye" were in a band now dissolved called EXORCISE THE SKY. Relentlessly hungry for music, in September 2017, Harslingoth and Saemyaza quickly started making music and experimenting with what was for them, the expression of their souls. This created in a relatively short time the first two songs, "Ta...

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Review from Dioses del Metal

November 5, 2019
From: Dioses del Metal
Published: November 5, 2019

Maeskyyrn es una banda de Black Metal nacida en Montreal en 2017. Lanzaron una primera Demo llamada «Thoughts Of Shattered Dreams«, en Enero de 2018. El 17 de Octubre de este mismo año, la agrupación saca a la luz «Interlude«, su primer larga duración junto a Hypnotic Dirge Records. 

La formación inicia el álbum con Introduction, The Artificial Light, que cuenta con una ambientación apagada en la que una voz nos susurra in...

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Review from Angry Metal Guy

October 17, 2019
From: Angry Metal Guy
Published: October 14, 2019

I normally dislike interludes intensely – the recent, very good Tool album,1 for example, I recreated as a playlist minus the four interludes because they annoyed the crap out of me. So an album called Interlude, with three tracks actually titled “Interlude,” plus an “Introduction” and final track “The End,” put me somewhat on edge. Despite having really liked the advance tracks for Maeskyyrn’s Interlude, I was expec...

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Review from Broken Tomb Magazine

October 17, 2019
From: Broken Tomb Magazine
Published: October 7, 2019

Maeskyyrn es una banda de Black Metal formada en Montreal, Canadá, en el año 2017. Tras lanzar una demo el pasado año 2018, el próximo 17 de octubre editarán su primer álbum de larga duración, titulado “Interlude”, a través del sello Hypnotic Dirge Records

La formación de Maeskyyrn se conforma por Harslingoth, The Overseer (voz), Saemyaza, The Last Eye (guitarra principal), Noctis, The Veil of Night (guitarra rítmic...

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 Released:  October 17, 2019
Genre:: Atmospheric / Depressive Black Metal