Mirrors For Psychic Warfare are made up of Scott Kelly of Neurosis and Sanford Parker of Buried At Sea. They have a crushingly heavy outlet together in Corrections House, but this new duo works more of a creeping dread vibe: sick fever rather than wild frenzy, if that’s your thing. Released on Neurot.
7/10 Robin Staff review, 21 April 2016
It is rock music. Usually the folks that comprise Mirrors for Psychic Warfare would say that like, “IT IS ROCK MUSIC!!!”, but this band constitutes their lighter, more snarled side. To use the Harry Potter film franchise as an analogy, do away with your images of the angry, second instillation of Dumbledore, and focus instead on Alan Rickman’s Severus Snape -- that’s how this band sounds. Fronted by members of Neurosis and Buried at Sea, this duo usually go hard on the doom rawk crush as Corrections House; they’re using this project to make music that slithers more, gently but eerily developing climaxes the way a hypno-psych band might.
Using a chilling synth and a punchy but not thrown drumbeat, they make things like “A Thorn To See”, whose bleak cold landscape feels inescapable rather than destructive. Dementors? Dementors. Visions of Gnod, Fat White Family and Protomartyr seep into my head as the hate-filled vocal casts its shadow over proceedings, the band apathetically using grandiose imagery: “the eagles in my soul are soaring to the sun”? True. Hearing a band this lethargic create pantomime miniatures is an interesting thing: you expect more but greet a lot less, though the band do still reach noisy, feedbacking climaxes. They’re just not the focus -- not when the journey is so weighty.
Rock Bands Do Atmospheric Things is my least favourite pitch, but Mirrors For Psychic Warfare do it well enough, mashing up lil’ frog squaks, Sunn-scoured chord bleeds and skittering electronics on “CNN WTZ” like they’re fucking collage artists. They’ve got designs on this project, and that’s nice to see: with so many bands like this shooting towards the same heavy milieu, Mirrors for Psychic Warfare sorta walk off from the tour.
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