GROMM : Sacrilegium

Label: Propaganda
GROMM : Sacrilegium GROMM
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Prologue: Ukrainian black metal scene is represented by some really interesting and notable acts. The early Ukrainian scene was represented by two main bands, which made it well-known (Lucifugum and Nokturnal Mortum). Later these bands decided to go the different ways. Thus, nowadays Ukrainian black metal scene consists of two absolutely different “camps”. The bands from the first “camp” propagandize the extreme views in their lyrics (Satanism, misanthropy, darkness, violence etc). and keep the true black metal traditions in their music. These bands are: Lucifugum, Lutomysl, Gromm, Kosa etc. The bands form the second “camp” are pagan, aryan and patriotic oriented bands, whose music is more melodic, folk influenced and whose lyrics concept is different from the primordial black metal ideas: Nokturnal Mortum (last works), Astrofaes, Drudkh, Dub buk, Kroda etc. (these bands are not interesting to me personally, in past I listened to some their albums (the most known), but now I don’t, because I have chosen a dark side).

As I mentioned above, Gromm belongs to a true black metal “camp”. And, as well as Kosa, it is currently signed by Propaganda, label owned by Lucifugum members. It seems to me, Propaganda aspires to be involved into all Ukrainian powerful extreme black metal acts through publishing their albums on tape and cd formats. “Sacrilegium” is a third Gromm’s full-length. It is released as limited edition (1000 copies) digi sleeve cd. By the way, there was a sad beginning of the story. According to a band’s interview, a big part of recorded material was lost and recorded again a some time later. I don’t know if this has been influenced positively (Additional injection of a creative rage? Ok, may be…), but what do we see?

Well, two men behind Gromm, Nabath and Baalberith, present us the excellent result of their work, which would be best described as well-recorded and well-executed mid-tempo black metal with dark and sepulchral atmosphere (not to be confused with a suicidal). In a whole, this album is very similar in style and manner to a previous full-length "Happiness – It’s When You Are Dead". Nabath’s vocal as always sounds like a merciless black metal wrath. But this is a cold and freezing wrath, reminding me a hissing cobra. The guitar parts are professionally played in a solemn tempo, which reigns during the whole album, giving it a ritual atmosphere. The music content is rich, unlike many bands of this style, whose melodies are very simple or absent at all. The pretty but majestic melodies, written and performed by Baalberith, are memorable and attractive, especially on songs #2 («Обречённый На Жизнь») and #8 («Из Грязи в Мразь»). These two ones seem to me really fantastic, definitely, these are the best songs on the album. A song #4 («Руины живого») sounds like a schizo-phantasmagoria. Funeral lamentations of the grieving women mixing with a sick and insane guitar solo and typically black metal harsh rhythm guitar. An excellent idea, in my opinion. The lyrics, written by Nabath, are in Russian (not in Ukrainian this time). This is a morbid clot of a misanthropy, anti-christianity and caustic cynicism. Unlike many nowadays black metal bands with a fashionable “suicidal” concept, Gromm members definitely don’t see themselves in a role of the victims, tired of a burden of life. On the contrary, they are the aggressive predators, they’re always in war with light. My respect to these guys and all bands keeping black metal flame burning, despite of everything.

A short epilogue: Though I don’t feel myself a great Ukrainian patriot, I mostly prefer the Ukrainian true black metal bands, because they aspire to compose the really pretty and memorable melodies.

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