GRAVEWORM – Engraved In Black (CD review)
“Engraved In Black”, the fourth album from the Italian melodic, symphonic and gothic tinged extremists Graveworm is definitely a superb album, which is rich in abundant melancholic atmospheres.
These guys have focused more on the darkened and gothic influences here, but with a black metal edge that’s sure to pulverize the ears. “Legions Unleashed” is a solid example of a huge wall of sound created by soul raping guitar rhythms, apocalyptic symphonic arrangements and vocals that’ll make the listener suffocate in their own darkened misery.
Imagine early Dimmu Borgir meets Marduk and Enslaved, and you’ve one fucking hell of an abyssic black metal opus sure to obliterate humanity in one devastating blow. The hate-filled hymns found on “Engraved In Black” are not only depressing in sound, but also suicidal in spirit. This is extreme black metal art you want to listen to when you get ready to detonate a nuclear warhead for the world’s ungodly end!
“Renaissance In Blood” is as good a soundtrack you’ll ever get from a black metal band, as this piece of music is something you’d probably hear on a movie such as The Phantom Of The Opera. Of course, the raspy and growl fueled vocals only add more spice and depth to the depression to be experienced here.
Moreover, I love the somber and triumphant bagpipe arrangements followed by a flute part on the “Thorns Of Desolation” instrumental, which definitely gives this album even more musical diversity. For an extreme metal band, this is simply very brilliant, as it is of the highest caliber music ever composed for a symphonic black metal album.
They’ve also covered REM’s “Losing My Religion”, though not as good as the original, but very sinister in execution and sound. It’s sure to make the guys of REM cringe in total fear, ha-ha. Graveworm has also covered the Pet Shop Boys’ “It’s A Sin”, which is totally bastardized from the original version, but hey, it’s done the black metal way, and is an interesting listen.
Graveworm’s “Engraved In Black” release is a solid release, and is highly recommended for fans of early Cradle Of Filth, Enslaved, Hecate Enthroned and Dimmu Borgir. This reissue by Metal Mind Productions is released in a limited quantity of 2000 numerated copies in the world, so get your paws on it while you can. [Metal Mind Productions] Sarjoo Devani