These four talented musicians from Poland continue to explore the space somewhere between Stoner, Doom and Post-Metal in their exciting new album.
Founded in Wrocław, Poland in 2015, the interesting Stoner/Post-Metal entity MuN continues to explore the space somewhere between Stoner, Doom and Post-Metal, with clearly audible influences from Progressive Metal and Ambient, in their newborn opus Presomnia, the follow-up to their debut album Opia, released in 2016, and to their sophomore effort Axis Mundi, released in 2018. Recorded at Jupiter Ranch Studio, mixed and mastered at Mustache Ministry Studio, and featuring a classy and beautiful album cover designed by the band’s own vocalist Ozimir Gaslonsky, Presomnia is also the group’s second work since expanding the lineup from an instrumental trio to a quartet with a vocalist, with Ozimir once again lending his unique vocal lines to the bold music carefully crafted by guitarist Paweł Jankowski, bassist Pedro and drummer Gniewko Świątek.
An atmospheric and enfolding intro warms up our senses for the visceral Scowl, starting with the tribal and rhythmic drums by Gniewko accompanied by minimalist guitar lines before Ozimir comes crushing with his deep, enraged screams in a Post-Metal extravaganza highly recommended for admirers of the genre; and the wicked bass by Pedro kicks off six minutes of madness and introspection curiously entitled Arthur, being gradually joined by his bandmates and with Ozimir’s delivering cryptic, anguished vocals while Paweł continues to gently shred his guitar. Their insanity in the form of Stoner Rock and Post-Metal hammers our heads once again in Topple, with Pedro and Gniewko bringing sheer groove and intricacy to the music with their respective weapons, being very entertaining from start to finish and exhibiting all of the band’s versatility and innovation, never sounding the same and never being tiresome or flat at all.
Then we’re treated to two minutes of rumbling bass punches, pounding drums and Stygian vociferations by Ozimir in the eerie interlude Deceit, before the quartet begins another dark and bold sonic attack titled Verity, uniting the most electrifying and enthralling elements from Post-Metal with Stoner and Doom Metal for our total delight. Furthermore, Paweł takes the lead with his infernal but at the same time very melodic riffs, while Gniewko is responsible for taking the song’s heaviness through the roof with his demented beats. Last but not least, closing the album MuN bring forward a 13-minute multi-layered, modern and grim musical journey named Decree, where Paweł and Pedro are in absolute sync while Gniewko dictates the pace with his progressive, intricate drums, all spiced up by the obscure, clean vocals and the infernal roars by Ozimir. Put differently, simply close your eyes and get lost in their sea of eccentricity and experimentations until the song’s very last second.
I’m sure you’re more than just curious to take a listen at Presomnia to better understand what the band means by “the space somewhere between Stoner, Doom and Post-Metal”, and you can easily do that by streaming the album in its entirety on YouTube and on Spotify. After getting addicted to their weird creations, you should obviously purchase the album from the band’s own BandCamp page, from Apple Music or from Discogs (or click HERE for all locations where you can buy or stream Presomnia) in order to show those Polish guys your utmost support, as well as by following them on Facebook and on Instagram. In the end, although the addition of Ozimir to the band was already crucial for the success achieved with Axis Mundi, it’s now with Presomnia that MuN sound more cohesive, tighter and more focused than ever, elevating them as one of the most entertaining names of the entire Post-Metal scene.
Best moments of the album: Scowl and Verity.
Worst moments of the album: None.
Released in 2020 Piranha Music
1. Intro 2:17
2. Scowl 7:20
3. Arthur 6:00
4. Topple 4:48
5. Deceit 2:02
6. Verity 8:21
7. Decree 13:03
Ozimir Gaslonsky – vocals
Paweł Jankowski – guitar
Pedro – bass
Gniewko Świątek – drums