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Gramary - Death Inbound

Gramary
Death Inbound
by Salvador Aguinaga II at 14 January 2014, 1:35 AM

Sometimes the only way to rid of an unpleasant situation is to create thoughts. This was the only way I could survive listening to “Death Inbound”. These guys are almost akin to DIMMU BORGIR. Their style in extreme Metalis similar. This is as generic as Melodic Black Metal gets. The entire album is plastered in mindless blast beats that do nothing but make things tense without a purpose. Granted, there are moments in which, the album conceptualizes intensity and melancholy to try to create a yin-yang effect. While I understand what they’re trying to do it ultimately ends in mediocrity.

There are also plenty of contradictions, example being the vocalist. The good thing is it’s a lot better than listening to Shagrath’s pseudo-extreme Metal vocals. In all honesty I don’t think there’s a problem with Deil’s vocals, it’s just displaced in a style that sounds a bit off. Deil’s vocals are obviously more convenient for depressive / suicidal Black Metal. I’m just wondering what the heck he’s doing there.

The synths / keyboards also has the same effect as the drums. But instead of dwelling on the mindless, it dwells in self-absorbing qualities. So much so the point gets across but insists on being cankerous. The synths are Gothic-orientated but a more modern superficial way in conveying it. Overall it’s a premature sophomore release for GRAMARY. It’s an album with conflicting ideas from various musicians that seem in cohesive. With proper songwriting skills and without longing to be innovative, they should just play with raw energy I’m sure it will reach further than they currently have.

1 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Dead and Gone
2. Hanged to the Highest Tree
3. Only Blackness
4. To Whatever End
5. Black Wings Unfurling
6. 10 000 Screams
7. I Raise My Thousand Swords
8. –
Lineup:
Mortifer - Bass, Guitars (acoustic)
Khemenal - Drums
Vraust - Guitars
Deil - Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards
Record Label: Beta Persei
     


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