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Review: Grima Morstua - Illustratio Per Horribilem Obscuritatem
Grima Morstua
Illustratio Per Horribilem Obscuritatem

Label: Drakkar Productions
Year released: 2007
Duration: 40:32
Tracks: 7
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: November 13, 2007
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Readers Rating
Illustratio Per Horribilem Obscuritatem

Rated 2/5 (40%) (4 Votes)

This is the first time I'm getting promos from Drakkar Productions and Grima Morstua is an unknown band to me. I've got little information about them besides the fact that they are from Argentina, a rather warm ground to breed such cold and grim music.

Illustratio Der Horribilem contains seven tracks of Black Metal, some of them with lyrics in Spanish. A bit of keyboards can be heard once and a while in the intro of the first track, Refleja Su Maldicion, completed by Gregorian chants. The same chants are back toward the end of the album, this time sounding more wicked. The bulk of this work is made of melodic and Satanic Black Metal with a nicely varied pace. The sound is a bit raw but pretty good in general. There's a noticeable lack of punch in the drums. Wicked vocals are not only in the last few moments but throughout the album in the rasp/scream and whispers of this sickly good Black Metal vocalist. I really enjoyed the melodic aspect of the lead guitar, often offering harmonious work, especially in the tremolo picking and back guitar playing. Even more interesting is a certain progressive edge in their sound.

Amongst the good ones here are: Espectros de la Crucifixion, Asesina tu Luz (some keys, dark ambiance and clean vocals included) and the closing number simply called Serpent.

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