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The Cold Haunting Loneliness Of Crushing Certainty

(2016)

 

Concrete Web

 

Hybernium

(2015)

 

Cadaver Garden

 

Occult Black Metal 8/10

 

 

 

 

The Cold Haunting Loneliness Of Crushing Certainty Reviews

 

Concrete Web

 

Pretty recently I came in touch with Turkish label Merdümgiriz, pretty young but quite productive, especially focusing on projects by label founders Merdümgiriz and Emir Toğrul. It’s quite a unique label, not only for being a Turkey-based one (which cannot be that easy out there), but because of the explicit philosophy (especially of some specific acts that are on their roster) and the ‘strange’ signings. Most bands or projects are rooted within the extremer regions of Metal, but there are electronic and Hip-Hop combos as well!

 

Anyway, a new signing is the one with Grimmdrasil, an Oklahoma-based one-man army by Sydney Lundy. In between 2005 and 2007, Grimmdrasil released quite some recordings, but as from then it was quiet for quite some time – until now. The project returns with The Cold Haunting Loneliness Of Crushing Certainty, a lengthy seven-tracker (the songs last in between six and ten minutes). And like every Merdümgiriz release, everything that concerns the artwork has been done handmade by label co-owner Emir.

 

The Cold Haunting Loneliness Of Crushing Certainty opens with Introspect And Distain, which starts as some mixture of tranquil Jazz, Post-Rock and Avant-garde, with funky and progressive bass lines and drum patterns, and ambient synths, calm guitar melodies and clean semi-spoken words. Quite soon the whole turns heavier, with the addition of melodious electric guitar melodies and deep-blackened screams. But it gets weirder and weirder, for after two and a half minutes the extremity turns into noisy proportions, then again towards frenzy Black-Industro-Prog Metal, followed by excerpts of apocalyptic Doom (at four minutes), and this way the experience continues. Further on there are elements from Funeral Doom, Psychedelic Rock (often with elements from the Sixties / Seventies), Dark Rock / Death Rock, groovy Post-Punk and Sludgecore, as well as Industrial (quite a general description, I admit, but I am not about to sum up each industrialised direction that might appear throughout the album), Tribal, occult rituals, Noise, Dub, Techno, Space-Acid (?), co(s)mic Electronics, Folklore and Dark Ambient, all gathered under a mostly noisy and loud banner. This goes for all pieces included in this release. Each time I listen to The Cold Haunting Loneliness Of Crushing Certainty, new elements appear, and each time it leaves me confused. There is so much to experience, so much to endure, and there is not one single minute that gives the listener the opportunity to relax, to sit back, to comprehend the whole concept.

 

The variety does not only go for the endless injections of muSICKal types, trends and genres alone; the vocals, for example, are quite diverse too: singing, chanting, narrating, sighing, mourning, grunting, screaming, growling, vomiting and gurgling. So is the tempo, so are the structures, so are the emotions and atmospheres that pass by… And that brings me to a conclusion that needs to be taken seriously, and with full attention: the sublimity of this effort might be an aural orgasm, yet it might be a confusing, head-aching and intolerable exercise too… Listen to it at least 66 times before you decide to buy (or steal) the stuff. It will cause pain and discomfort, so let your masochistic inner-self convince you, or warn you…

 

70/100

 

Ivan Tobos

18 April 2016

 

 

 

Hybernium Reviews

 

Cadaver Garden

 

After a decade of being locked in a vault, Grimmdrasil comes forth with Hybernium.Hybernium boasts seven songs of experimental dark metal that makes you believe you’ve taken a psychoactive drug and locked yourself away inside of your own mind. The compositions are as mystifying as they are melodic, and completely dark and twisted. Hybernium has an odd kind of appeal to it, an appeal that makes you listen because it is so out of the ordinary and out of the box. There really isn’t anything that you can compare Grimmdrasil to. The music itself is original, full of soul and full of purpose.

For the most part the album is grim and bleak, giving you no hope that you will make it out of the darkness unscathed. Grimmdrasil makes you feel very isolated and alone in the world. Hybernium is that black cloud that hangs over you every day that rains black acidic drops down on your face.

 

Hybernium is accosting in its own way, yet it also as a sort of jaded beauty about it. The abrasiveness comes from the dissonant riffs, the throat ripping vocals, as well as the dark industrial sound that Grimmdrasil gives off. However, the jaded beauty comes from the great use of the synths, as well as succumbing and hypnotic cleans like on the song Grim.

Grim uses both the ripping experimental metal riffs as well as the flesh eating vocals, but during the middle of the song the music completely changes into something that you have not yet heard on Hybernium. During the midsection of Grim, you get a sound that is very melodious complementary of the synths as well as the enchanting cleans of the vocalist. The melody doesn’t last too long however, as the song shifts back the more demonic vocal style as well as the fuzzed out riffs for the remainder of the song.

 

In bits and pieces throughout you end up hearing more groovy and melodic moments instead of chaotic and ear removing dirges of filth, grime and darkness. Hybernium is an album that takes a bit of getting use to. You need to take a few listens to really let it sink in. Nothing really is straight forward, as you can go from dizzying sounds of pure chaos to melodious almost melancholic moments in the blink of an eye.

 

Grimmdrasil does a great job of balancing the insane with the slightly less insane.Hybernium is a lot to take in as there are so many different factors that play in making music that sounds like this. Mixing the music up and not just playing one bleak and dreary harsh metallic song after another gives the listener variety and keeps the listener interested throughout.

Hybernium sounds like an album that was written from the perspective of a fevered and disturbed mind, and that is why it makes it so interesting to listen to. With Grimmdrasilyou get indescribably distorted slashing riffs, sound drumming, as well as dark yet smooth synths. To bolster the evil that lurks within, the vocalist pours out shrieking devilish vocals only to switch to mesmerizing cleans when needed.

 

This seven track psychotic break is many things. It is interesting, isolating, groovy, as well as dark among many other things. It is an album like many other Merdumgirizreleases that go against the grain, and going against the grain is exactly what the label does well. If you are in dire need of something that is out of the box and just an overall good listen, then Grimmdrasil is your band.

 

Jared Harrison

19.11.2015

 

 

 

Occult Black Metal

 

Grimmdrasil  are  a  solo  project  from  Oklahoma  that  plays  a  psychedelic  form  of  black  metal   and  this  is  a  review  of  his  unreleased  2004  album   "Hybernium"  which  was  released  on  cassette  in  2015  by  Merdumgiriz.

  A very  dark,  heavy and  experimental  black metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  and  grim  screams  that  also  get  very  deep  at  times  and  after  awhile  psychedelic  elements  are  added  into  the  music  and  avant  garde  sound  effects  along  with  acoustic  guitars  are  added  into  the  music  at  times.

  Synths  and  spoken  word  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and when  the  music  speeds  up  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  drones  and  melodies  can  be   heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  also  adds  in  elements  of  classical  at  times  and  the  faster  riffs  bring  in  elements  of  raw  black  metal  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  diverse  and  sound  different  from  each  other  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  vocals  start  adding  in  more  high  pitched  screams  and  deep  growls  and  the  music  sticks  mostly  to  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction.

  Grimmdrasil   plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  also  mixes  in  experimental,  progressive,  and  psychedelic  elements  and  while  the  album  was  recorded  in  2004  it  still  sounded  very  much  ahead  of  its  time,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Grimmdrasil  are  a  very  great  sounding  psychedelic  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cold"  "Grim"  and  "The  Wines  Of  Silenoz".

 

8  out  of  10.

 

John Larsen

13.11.2015