|Review: Gloomy Grim - Agathonomicon|
Label: Satanath Records
Year released: 2021
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: September 27, 2022
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (6 Votes)
I've always had a lot of respect for Gloomy Grim. I don't know if they ever made anything truly great, but they always had an identity all their own as they made Black Metal that more than lived up to their name. Sadly, the band split recently after the untimely death of main man Agathon in May of 2022, leaving their release from last year, Agathonomicon, as his swansong. Musically, this is pretty similar to their previous album, The Age of Aquarius, with songwriting and production values that mirror it quite a bit, but really, Gloomy Grim have never so much been about evolving their sound as they have been refining it. As always, Agathon's raspy, hateful shrieks are the main attraction, but while this album is mostly what you would expect, there are some surprises to be found. "Blood, Monsters, and Darkness" comes at it doomier than usual with riffs that wouldn't be out of place on a Candlemass record, but the real prize here is the last song (and sadly, the last Gloomy Grim we'll ever get), the 18-minute behemoth "Haunting, Hunting, Howling". This track in particular serves as a culmination of everything the band has ever done in their 30+ year career and, much like this album, stands as a strong epitaph for one of Metal's underappreciated and overlooked acts that had a voice all their own. Farewell, Agathon, and may your end bring with it a dark shroud that sweeps the land and blankets the heavens in a cold, hateful gloomy grim.
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