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Review: Grivf/Sol - Iss/The Great Plague Imperium
Iss/The Great Plague Imperium

Label: Archaic Sound
Year released: 2010
Duration: 59:12
Tracks: 6
Genre: Doom/Death

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: November 6, 2011
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Iss/The Great Plague Imperium

Rated 4/5 (80%) (2 Votes)

Both bands on this split, Denmark's Grivf and Sol, play a folky, pagan variety of Doom/Death. Brutally slow tempos, sparse guitars, and folk instrumentation are their calling cards.

The three songs from Grivf's Iss, starting with "Ved Is of Intet," feature chilling flutes and acoustic guitars before ramping up with growling vocals over keyboards and evil electric guitars. Clear, spoken-word vocals pop up in all three songs.

Sol's three song contribution, The Great Plague Imperium, feature easily understandable, yet still firmly Death Metal vocals. The folk aspects are cared for with acoustic guitars and a traditional type of stringed instrument, mainly heard on the last song, "Devoured by Oblivion."

The music of both bands is rather simple and straightforward, but where it truly succeeds is in the atmosphere that it creates. I couldn't help but think, as I listened, that it was like a movie soundtrack. Grivf's haunting, acoustic intro brought to mind a scene of someone wandering lost in a cold, Stygian forest where some great evil lurked. Sol's evoked the horror of realizing that the evil was keenly aware of the wanderer.

Both Grivf and Sol have created dark, haunting music that weigh like anchors on your soul.

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