Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Review: Grimmthurs - Grimmthurs

Born out of Denmark in 2005, Grimmthurs are a five-piece blackened death/thrash metal band who have three releases under their name to this day. Their demo appeared in 2007, while a lengthy wait for the single Lifebound came to fruition in 2010. Three years later and the ensemble have released an independent, self-titled EP that is comprised of five brand new tracks. What does the content have to offer?

Genre: Blackened Death/Thrash Metal
Label: Self-released/independent
Release Date: May 1st, 2013
  1. Morgengry
  2. LSH
  3. Pleasure Incarnate
  4. Faeton
  5. Repent
Total Playtime: 14 minutes, 28 seconds







Rating: 7.5/10




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Born out of Denmark in 2005, Grimmthurs are a five-piece blackened death/thrash metal band who have three releases under their name to this day. Their demo appeared in 2007, while a lengthy wait for the single Lifebound came to fruition in 2010. Three years later and the ensemble have released an independent, self-titled EP that is comprised of five brand new tracks. What does the content have to offer?

Grimmthurs begins with a slow, short-lived doom inspired introductory track that makes use of a unique chugging ring-out riffs that are promptly followed up by tremolo picking. During this time, the drums offer up great a diversity of rhythms that paint the background of the track pleasingly at a slow tempo. All of the aforementioned quickly subsiding in just less than two minutes to make way for the hellish assault that is "LSH". The rest of the album tends to follow the same formula of the latter track; the rhythm guitar sets in on chugging, palm-muted riffs with tremolo picking thrown in for bridging while the lead guitar bursts into a frantic solo, all the while being backed by pounding drumming and machine gun double bass kicks.


The material in the EP has charismatic energy and follows a brutally fast structure, however much of the energy and dynamics are lost within the poor production aspect. Usually this type of production is expected within most self-released albums, however the content itself doesn't sound purposefully old school or lo-fi, but rather compressed and compromising of quality; almost like a low grade CD rip. This unfortunately sets the album back quite a bit, and holds down the true potential of the band. The tracks sound ready to burst at the seams, but fail to rise to their eardrum popping capabilities, especially where the drums are concerned; the hi-hats being the most affected of all, as they end up sounding like muffled static.

Grimmthurs is an EP with high potential. The song structures themselves are ensnaring, full of energy and are incredibly intriguing. Tribal drum beats, heart-failure inducing double bass kicks, slick solos and groovy rhythm guitar compositions make for a well rounded, albeit short, enthralling experience. Aside from the poor production quality, the only other element that could stand a change within the content are the vocals. While well done for death metal, they could definitely use some variety rather than the standard guttural growls. If you don't mind extremely compressed sound quality, then give this EP a listen, as it doesn't disappoint instrumentally.

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