Grima – Frostbitten

Frostbitten Album Cover Art

Grima – Frostbitten
Naturmacht Productions
Release Date: 29/07/22
Running Time: 48:55 
Review by Rick Eaglestone
10/10

The bleak and nightmarish duo return with new album “Frostbitten”.

I will be 100% transparent immediately, Grima’s last release “Rotten Garden” was phenomenal. And when it comes to this album, I have seen the cover, watched the first released video, and pre ordered the album, along with the repress of the previous album. So already I am expecting big things from this, so let’s go… 

The first track ‘Gloomy Heart of the Coldest Land’ is an ambitious nine and half minutes, and I have to say it has already justified top marks – it is just a plethora of bleak, foreboding black metal and still carries the air of mystery that surrounds the Russian duo. 

‘Giant’s Eternal Sleep’, the first released track from the album,  starts off with sweeping melodies which engulf into absolute fury, the accompanying video is wonderfully cinematic and worth more than one viewing. 

My highlight track of the album comes in the form ‘Into the Twilight’. The start has clean vocals and is full of atmospheric parts, and for me it just slots in so well with the overall aesthetic of the album. The heavier parts later effortlessly mould themselves in between swirling guitar parts. Heavy and rampart ‘Hunger God’ grips the listener for the entirety of the track, the melodic parts weave throughout only making the heavier parts feel even more unrelenting.

The howling winds of ‘Moonspell and Grief’ captivate and honestly, I would not have minded if this track has been completely instrumental, as it has some very well-structured elements, again the torment returns but this time it is slightly less harsh and does not entirely take over the track.

I am absolutely obsessed with the opening part of ‘Winter Morning Tower’ this maybe largely due to the introduction of the Bayan – I am a complete sucker for its inclusion, especially with black metal, and the gentler guitar laden throughout only justify why I cannot stop playing this track over and over, even at 10 minutes long.

Lastly, the album concludes with the short instrumental ‘Mana’ which is so well placed with the previous track that I had not realised it was a separate track after the first listen, but it is just a perfect way to end such a wonderfully prefect album.

A conceptual nightmare of human detachment.

‘Giant’s Eternal Sleep’ Official Video

TRACKLISTING:
01. Gloomy Heart of the Coldest Land
02. Giant’s Eternal Sleep
03. Into the Twilight
04. Hunger God
05. Moonspell and Grief
06. Winter Morning Tower
07. Mana

LINE-UP:
Vilhelm – Vocals, Guitar
Morbius – Guitar

Studio:
Serpentum – Bass
Vlad – Drums
Valentina Astashova – Keys
Sergey Pastukh – Bayan

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Grima – Rotten Garden

Rotten Garden Cover Art

Grima – Rotten Garden
Naturmacht Productions
Release Date: 22/01/2021
Running Time: 43:40
Review by Rick Eaglestone
9/10

Continuing with the studio only project, concentrating on the pagan ethos based on the worship of the elder forest, Russia’s grotesque pairing once again prepare to walk their own black metal path with fourth album – “Rotten Garden”.

‘Cedar And Owls’ has a beautifully woeful tone throughout with swirling solos and naturalist soundscapes which is so serene in places that when the fury of ‘Mourning Comes At Sunset’ takes hold I was taken aback slightly.

I am a huge fan of certain sounds in black metal and ‘At The Foot Of The Red Mountains’ has some absolutely sublime accordion included that, combined with the guitar parts, just had me going back to it again and again – This is ,easily, highlight track of the album for me!

Things take on a much calmer pace with the instrumental ‘Old Oak’ which weaves into the early part of title track ‘Rotten Garden’ and includes slices of fury with that accordion again but with added hypnotic keyboards which almost gave it a dungeon synth feel.

There is a real cold, frostbitten atmosphere to ‘Grom’ that I really enjoyed but that’s not quite the end, also included as a bonus track, is a re-recording of the 2015 track ‘Devotion To Lord’ which, if not familiar with the band previously, should make the listener go back and check out the bands previous offerings.

We are only one month into the new year, yet I don’t think it is an unimaginable assumption that by the time we reach year end “Rotten Garden” would’ve made many peoples top album lists.

‘Cedar And Owls’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Cedar And Owls
02. Mourning Comes At Sunset
03. At The Foot Of The Red Mountains
04. Old Oak
05. Rotten Garden
06. Grom
07. Devotion To Lord 2020 (Bonus Track)

LINE-UP:
Vehelm – Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Keyboard
Morbius – Guitar, Bass

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Grima Promo Pic

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