|Review: Gravdal - Sadist|
Label: Unexploded Records
Year released: 2008
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: September 26, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Rated 3/5 (60%) (1 Vote)
Gravdal is yet another act hailing from Black Metal land, Norway. Don't we have enough of those Black Metal bands coming from Norway? Hell no! Founders/guitar player Phobos (Malsain, Aeternus & Betatt) and drummer Taakesjel, got together back in 2005 to form Gravdal.
Sadist is the band's debut, and they are up for a very good start! Gravdal are nit into sophistication, although the guys won't go for a badly produced album either. They rather aimed for efficiency by composing some "in your face" Black Metal. Their musical structure is simple, punchy, wicked, and filled with lots of catchy and crunchy power riffs. Instead of the fast/blast beat paces, Gravdal went for a more moderate modus operandi, where the sick rasps and crushing riffs and bass duo take over. Mind you, Sadist has also some of those furious beats in their songs. This does not make their music redundant at all, since the Norwegians introduced some cool elements as well. Those are either the samplings, electronics, varied time signatures, symphonic keyboards, acoustic guitars, arpeggios, or some ambient/experimental passages. Of the eight tracks, I truly enjoyed quite a few tracks, but to name just a few: "Tomhet", "Sadist", and "Den Kalde Marsjen Hjen".
I know, it's only Black Metal, but I like it, yes I do!
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