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Telesterion: Myesis

I know not whence it came but that this EP from progressive post metal outfit Telesterion landed unannounced in my inbox is certainly what I call good fortune. Where this band hail from I know not but judging by their bandcamp page Myesis is their fourth release, although even that isn’t straight forward. I’ll let them explain…

This album is inspired by the Lesser Eleusinian Mysteries and sets the stage for our first full length album releasing in September [2023] titled Epopteia, which is inspired by the Greater Eleusinian Mysteries. Myesis will be released one track every two days between March 12 and 18th to coincide with the week of the Lesser Mysteries in the 2023 calendar.  Epopteia will follow a similar release pattern in September with one song every day for 9 days following the rites of the Greater Mysteries. Myesis will be available digitally and on cassette. Once both Mysteries albums are released they will be combined on one CD in September.

Now, the band may call this an album, but we’re looking at 4 tracks here with an overall length just under 30 minutes, so in my book that’s an EP but no matter what it is, the results are impressive.

Hugely melodic and yet still almost cutting through with a droning intent and an almost religious fervour in the layering of voices and heady atmospheres, this is no easy journey. Powered by forceful but relatively simple rhythmic patterns the experience becomes ever more intense as all four tracks work almost as one continuous experience. Although, if there’s one weakness it’s that there’s a similarity in construction between them all that feels both intentional and yet slightly distracting. That said, as each weaves from crawling, bell tolling beginnings into sprawling soundscapes, the pay offs never disappoint.

It will be interesting to hear how this band and their unusual way of releasing their music evolves - and whether this shorter blast of sound isn’t maybe the perfect length through which to experience them. Whatever those answers, Myesis finds Telesterion creating some seriously searing sounds.

Track Listing
1. Arrival/Seekers
2. Offerings/Diasia
3. Libations/Fleece Of Zeus
4. Liknon/Purifcation

Added: March 22nd 2023
Reviewer: Steven Reid
Related Link: Telestrerion @ bandcamp
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