THE GRIEF – Arise From Hell (CD)
Ecuador’s The Grief, a foursome, hell bent on playing emotional death metal mixed with black metal with some symphonic attributes makes for an interesting listen. The six cuts on this album/ep, whatever you want to call it is loaded with tons of emotional misery and darkness to fill your sorry, fucked up world. The death metal music, which The Grief plays has unique influences ranging from Mexican death metal lords Cenotaph to Swedish symphonic black metallers Opthalamia, from the early nineties.
“Arise From Hell” is as raw an extreme metal record gets as the production has a lot to be desired, with the instruments and vocals not blending in well. They kind of sound like they’re fighting each other at times when it comes to their playing... Most likely, this will change with the band’s future releases, and only push them to be even better songwriters and musicians. They’re not bad, but the recording and playing of their instruments could be a little tighter, with more aggression and punch to make the listeners want to bang their heads.
However, despite some of these minor distractions, The Grief possess plenty of potential to execute death metal music blended in with the best elements of old school black metal. With songs like “Ominous Fate”, “Regret” and the hauntingly chilling vibes of “The Art Of Suffering Well”, it is sure to throw your mind into the vortex of terminal insanity.
Check it out and let “The Art Of Suffering Well” torture your ill spirit.