Friday, September 14, 2012

Grave - Endless Procession of Souls



I won't bother to do a track-by-track here; I'll just hit on the great tracks and why I consider them so. Sound good? Sure it does. You've got shit to do.

Overall, Endless Procession of Souls is on par with Asphyx' Deathhammer-- a great, slightly-modernized version of old-school/ brutal European death metal, with wildly detuned riffs and gutteral death growls not particularly-heavily modified electronically... no blast beats, but fast as fuck for the most part, with completely-unintelligible yet ironically-literate lyrics....

"Amongst Marble and the Dead" has a great sludge/doom riff between its galloping sections (and you notice the production is particularly nice: dirty/ ugly, yet each part is surprisingly distinct and clear... you'd think those two states would be mutually-exclusive, and yet this is apparently not so).... "Flesh Epistle" swirls, back and forth, to and fro, hither and yon, like Discharge covering Swedish DM... "Passion of the Weak," besides having a great title, flies hard and ugly out of the gate with a great riff and tempo... "Winds of Chains" (wouldn't it be cool if this were a perverse cover of the Scorpion's tune?) also starts with a great doom-ish riff and chugging drums (does anyone in Grave have a side project in doom/stoner/sludge?) and at 3:20 falls back into another great riff (reminds me of Ramesses for some reason)... and finally, "Perimortem" lashes forward like the second half of Slayer's "Postmortem" (ironically or intentionally? I couldn't say)....

It's worth checking out. Investigate. See what you think. They put some serious work into this one.

--Horn

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