Mirror - Mirror LP (Yellow vinyl)
Limited to 200 hand-numbered copies.
We hear a lot about ‘throwbacks’ and ‘retro’ stuff these days, but what exactly does that mean? I guess a large part of what is or is not ‘retro’ is in the eye of the beholder. Mirror, in my mind, is a rare example of something that not only harkens back musically to prototypical metal outfits, but understands what made its influences, influences. Putting my finger on why this is the case is tricky. It’s easy to draw parallels to other bands, and it is also easy to embrace the self-titled album’s mystic heavy metal atmosphere. Mirror appears natural in this setting and totally in sync with their identity. That is not the case for most stuff like this trying to remind you that superior groups once released albums that were just better than most of the overproduced drivel that comes out these days.