|Review: Gravdal - Torturmantra|
Label: Unexploded Records
Year released: 2010
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: September 6, 2010
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 2/5 (40%) (3 Votes)
This is the second album of orthodox Black Metal from Norwegian upstarts Gravdal, who have only been knocking around for 5 years or so. This has some good stuff going for it, with a solid, fat guitar sound and some good riffing. This disc creates a chaotic, but still raw atmosphere without going for crappy basement production. The recording is very warm and has a lot of character, so I like that. The vocals are an interchangeable rasp with no character, but they are mixed back a little, so they don't distract. The songwriting is a mess of half-formed ideas and blurry composition, so the songs never come together as anything but collections of riffs. Gravdal also display a tendency to use a very post-rock sort of 4/4 rhythm, which makes their work sound more emo and melodic than I really want from a BM album. This has a visceral sound, but no ideas, and its thin gruel that won't really satisfy unless your palate is extremely limited.
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