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Review: Gramary - Suffocation

Year released: 2008
Duration: 40:06
Tracks: 7
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: November 11, 2010
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 3.82/5 (76.36%) (11 Votes)

Now this kicks some ass. As is often the case, this is not the most original thing out there, but the delivery is pretty effective. Fast-paced, heavy, chaotic Black Metal with demented, tortured screams form the backbone of this album, though Gramary also do a pretty good job of incorporating surprisingly melodic parts into this barrage of blasting drums and guitars, with a pinch of catchiness coming out as a result.

The album flirts a little bit with symphonic Black Metal at times, such as on "Through the Burning Gates", but for the most part this is crushing, violent Black Metal – despite the quieter passages which give the listener a bit of a breather at times. Suffocation packs in enough diversity to sound like raw, minimalistic Black Metal one minute, symphonic and grandiose the next, and even like melodic metal here and there – in small doses, of course. Even the closing acoustic track (cleverly named "Acoustic") does not really feel out of place. A busy and diverse album that begs for repeated plays.

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