AGRUSS “Morok”

OK, so the Ukraine metal scene is pretty much a big black hole to me but the stuff that I’ve come in contact with has so far been good. Agruss doesn’t seem to change that impression with their take on black metal. Celebrating the victims of the Chernobyl catastrophe in 1986 this is what could be described as post-apocalyptic black metal; the result of having grown up in a fucked up environment where nothing will be as it was ever again and where 5 million people are estimated to die from the disaster in the coming 50 years. This is like grey version of Mad Max, where there’s no hope, just despair and destitution. Agruss music paints a very quaint picture of what that life is like. This is as grey and dull as black metal can be. You gotta live it to fully understand it. Don’t go looking for any hope here. Anders Ekdahl

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