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Review: Merrimack - Grey Rigorism
Grey Rigorism

Label: Moribund Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 61:27
Tracks: 10
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: October 4, 2009
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Grey Rigorism

Rated 4.09/5 (81.82%) (11 Votes)

It's been three years already since Of Entropy and Life Denial; time really flies. I found Grey Rigorism to be less in-your-face than its predecessor. The basic recipe is the same: Some speedy numbers, a bit of a rock ‘n' roll-ish vibe here and there, lots of atmosphere as well as gloomy, bleak and crushing passages. This one here "rocks" less (if one can really use that term when describing Black Metal), focusing a bit more on slower, heavier and atmospheric songs. That's not to say speed isn't at the rendez-vous – we're served with a healthy dose of fast and brutal songs in the same style as on Of Entropy… - think Marduk meets Setherial, a guarantee of take-no-prisoners Satanic devastation, with a bit of catchiness when things really get "rocking."

What Grey Rigorism loses in speed, it makes up for in terms of atmosphere. Slow, bleak and grinding with a guitar tone that rips through your eardrums, this stuff could be on the soundtrack of a journey down to hell. This doesn't mean a keyboard-fest, however: Guitars and drums are everywhere here, and those atmospheric numbers are 100% pure Black Metal – evil, hateful, you name it, including the cold raspy and screechy vocals that'll freeze the blood in your veins. The production is great, but doesn't deter from the rawness of it all – a good balance that I wish more bands would have on their albums. If you liked Of Entropy…, then this one is a no-brainer.

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