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Review: Grief Of Emerald - It All Turns To Ashes
Grief Of Emerald
It All Turns To Ashes

Label: Non Serviam Records
Year released: 2012
Duration: 40:31
Tracks: 9
Genre: Black/Death

Rating: 4/5

Review online: April 8, 2013
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
It All Turns To Ashes

Rated 4/5 (80%) (10 Votes)

This notorious Swedish mob of evilness, first known as Mandatory when they started in 1990 (23 friggin years ago, who says time really flies?) then as Emerald before settling on Grief of Emerald in 1994, have released five full-length studio albums over their long career. Only guitarist/vocalist Jonny Letho is left from Grief of Emerald's 1998 debut album, Nightspawn, so the band has gone through rough times for sure.

The band's fifth album, It All Turns to Ashes, sounds like these furious Swedes are once again setting the floor on fire with their early Dimmu-meets-Morbid Angel-meets-Dark Funeral type of Black/Death Metal. Many of their riffs hearken back to the heavy bottom-end stuff Morbid Angel made famous on their records (simply listen to "Where Tears Are Born" to hear this. Did someone mention "Where the Slime Live" by Morbid Angel? I guess I just did...). Keyboards add that familiar symphonic and atmospheric twist to their sound, à la Dimmu, and those insanely fast, all-mangling tracks ("And Yet It Moves" and "The Third Eclipse") will undoubtedly bring Dark Funeral's name to mind. This is damn entertaining and well done Black/Death Metal.

One question still unanswered is whether Grief of Emerald have recorded their best album, and that is hard to say. For me, It All Turns to Ashes worked very well and I enjoyed the heck out of it and I assume there's a bunch of you out there who will also find this worth checking out.

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