Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Mystic Charm - Lost Empire EP (1993)
Genre: Death/Doom Metal
1. Lost Empire
2. Endless Sickness
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Metal Archives Rating: 93% (1 review)
I know I made a few Mystic Charm posts a while back, but I just recently came across this marvelous EP. A very rare find and as of now, available exclusively HERE. Hell, so few people have this that the song lengths aren't even included on the Metal Archives!
But enough of me bragging about my rarities, let's get on with the music. These two songs are featured on the full-length, Shadows of the Unknown, but they've undergone some serious changes since this EP. For starters, the songs are all much shorter. "Lost Empire" is about 40 seconds shorter and "Endless Sickness" is a whole 3 minutes and 30 seconds shorter. So while a few aspects of these songs have yet to be implemented, this is a fantastic release to gauge the development of these masterpieces.
I have always loved Mystic Charm and this release is just as good as the others, if not more enjoyable in some cases. The production is a little worse, and much rawer, with the vocals taking a backseat in the mix. This way, it's much easier to appreciate the music and see how, even without the demonic vocals in your face, it's as dark as ever. Pure darkness and malice are present in all of Mystic Charm's work and this is no different. Recommended!