GRIS “À l’Âme Enflammée, l’Äme Constellée…”

“À l’Âme Enflammée, l’Äme Constellée…”
(Sepulchral Prod.)
I know that GRIS in French means something completely different than it does in Swedish. This is another example of a band name that might work very well in certain regions but in others just becomes plain stupid. GRIS in Swedish is pig. And nobody sane names their band Pig. I’ve known of this lot for some time but they’ve always seemed so untouchable and private. Not knowing anything about their previous recorded works makes this a bit more difficult to digest. Especially since this is an album that spreads its wings over two CDs and 80 minutes. It is being described as black metal/classical and that is a pretty good way of describing this album. You get songs that are very classical in its structures and you get songs that are black metal in its nature. Which makes it easier for you to skip/programme if you are only after the black metal songs. The black metal side is pretty much a continuation of what Burzum started in the 90s. Very moody and melancholic black metal. I have no problem with the classical part of this album but it is the black metal one that really appeals to me. I like this cold, melancholic and dark atmospheric black metal. Anders Ekdahl

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