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Grand Massive - III

Grand Massive
III
by Marcos "Big Daddy" Garcia at 01 April 2017, 6:47 AM

Since the coming of the 90s, a decade that many Metalheads despise, many forms of Metal and music were born. Like them or not, it’s a fact, and these genres have their own values, because they were a sign of renovation. Nothing can last if it lives in the past. One of these genres is Stoner Metal/Rock (sometimes, bands play in both styles without problems), a fusion of the nasty and distorted moments from BLACK SABBATH on its first three albums with some pretty harsh elements from Groove and Southern Rock. Even today, there are very good names arisen in the style, as the German band GRAND MASSIVE, a quintet that unleashes a furious (and melodic) musical work on “III”.

The main values of this quintet are two points: their melodic insight of their musical work (the music sounds melodic and raw at the same time), and the use of a cleaner sound quality that allows us all to have a better understanding of what they are doing. Of course it is nothing new at all, because there are many bands from the genre. But their way is personal, filled with energy and excitement, something that comes from the heart. The production of “III” is very good for the style. Due the melodic embodiment of their music, it demands a sound quality clearer as we are used to hear. They reached it, but of course there’s some rawness to keep their music abrasive as the style’s features demand to be. It’s a very good work from John Hermansen on mixing (done at Greyhound Studio Enköping Sweden) and from Andy Classen (who mastered the album at Stage4 one Studio, on Germany).


The artwork of the cover is simple, but works wonderfully in this way. The album has seven very good songs, and besides they aren’t trying to be the savior of Stoner Metal/Rock, their work has a great value, indeed.  But they have very good moments on songs as the brutal and nasty “Deliver Me” (very good work from bass guitar and drums, and the songs has a perfect mix between melodies and dirtiness), the powerful of the harsh guitars on “Power of Gods”, the tender and introspective somber melodies of “Horseman” (where some Country music subjective influence can be heard in many moments), and the Rock ‘n’ Roll accessible touches from “The Hunter” and “Massive of the Sun”.

They are a good band, with talented musicians (all of them), and “III” is really a good album. But I think they can do better, so Big Daddy here hopes they’ll be outstanding next time.

Originality: 7
Songwriting: 9
Memorability: 8
Production: 9

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Deliver Me
2. Power of Gods
3. Taurus
4. Horseman
5. The Hunter
6. Massive of the Sun
7. Souleaters
Lineup:
Alex Andronikos - Vocals
Jürgen Lobinger - Guitars
Jochen Böllath - Guitars
Toby Brandl - Bass
Minke Malte - Drums
Record Label: Metalville Records
     


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Edited 02 October 2022
 

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