Fiasko – „Mizantropolia”

Fiasko is a experimental sludge//black/post metal band based in Warsaw, Poland, founded by friends who previously played together in So I Scream.Fiasko’s first release,full-lenght „Głupcy umierają” from 2017, had more of a groove / alt / industrial metal feeling.After some changes in the line-up and band philosophy, Fiasko spontaneously took a diffrent turn what came into existence as a result is,the EP „Mizantropolia”.
„Mizantropolia” is a mini-album on which Fiasko worked throughout 2019. It was composed and recorded with the full contribution from new band members (bass and guitar). They also decided not to use samples and electronics this time. As a result of these changes, four bleak songs emereged. They sound heavier, harsher, colder and more grim than on the debut release. The mini-album clocks in a bit less than 25 minutes.However, with their newly released EP, some more awareness is to be expected, especially with the exceptionality of its content.

The whole record flows together skillfully from song to song. Each track is distinguishable from one another, while maintaining the general ambiance of the album. It begins with “Golem” which sets the album into perspective extremely well with progressive, upbeat music and raspy, desperate vocals. As „Mizantropolia” continues, it remains despondently beautiful with enough grit to avoid being the soundtrack for one’s depressive haze.”Mizantropolia” EP are layered with Tomasz Mielnik and Nawrot voices underneath a tirade of fast-paced guitar work and blast beats, while somehow retaining that calm composure. In fact, the entire album seems to play on that formula: percussive and driving without being abrasive in the least. But, by far, the best track on the album is the last. „Letarg” gives the listener a sense of finality while harnessing a more forceful edge to it.However, no specific section of the instrumentation is ignored or used to overpower the others.One of the most striking features of this album is the dynamic of the instrumentation. Each member has figured out their particular part to play in the music and do not overstep the boundary.
Guitarists Kozina and Paftel complement each other and do not divert onto separate riffs but, rather, create a wall of sound, which is solidified by Nawrot bass playing. But the percussive aspect was central to the entire album, and drummer Kalbarczyk delivered without overpowering or energizing the music too much.
„Mizantropolia” is an interesting listen and would that should appeal to a wide array of listeners. The music conjures up enough atmosphere and emotion throughout its running time to remain interesting and there is enough good riffs and catchy vocal lines to keep me hooked throughout. This sedate, but intriguing, album is a fantastic starting point for this band’s career by proving what these five members are capable of doing. „Mizantropolia” was an absolute pleasure to listen to and, hopefully, Fiasko will continue on this path.Definitely a band to keep an eye out. I will be eagerly anticipating the arrival of his next full length.