Released: 2012, Non Serviam Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
I have to say I am quite disappointed in myself for forgetting to review this album earlier, especially as it’s been out for quite a few months now. It was only as I was listening to the album again that I realized it wasn’t done…so I will start here….
Grief of Emerald are based in Sweden and first formed back in 1990 under the name of Mandatory. They consist of band (ex)members of Protector, Decameron and Sadisitic Grimness. The black metallers have toured with bands such as, Immortal, Markuk and Necrophobic, aswell as touring with Skyforger, Sear Bliss and others. This is their fifth album, after their release back in 2011 and has amazing clarity and production and was recorded in the ‘Buhus Sound Studios’ with Stefan Karlsson (Soul Reaper) who handled the recordings.
The album starts with an explosive impact, with no intro needed! It has a dark concept based on the end of the world and the anti-religious themes you’d expect from this genre. This is certainly an album that grabs your attention immediately and keeps it throughout, til the end. There are death and black elements in this album and as soon as I pressed play, goosebumps shot through my arms and a massive smile appeared on my face…which I have stated in my previous reviews, this is how I judge music; It is something you feel and not hear, and wow is this an album I felt! It took me back to the mid 90’s with their sound and does have the classic melodic black metal sounds I love so much. There is darkness and aggression, with some amazing guitaring, speed and symphonic sounds, as each track was just astounding. With so much going on musically, I’m sure this is an album that will appeal to death metal fans too.
Grief of Emerald are not only an amazing band, but are an important and influential part of the Swedish underground metal movement and have been since the mid 90's and it’s great to hear they’re still going with this fantastic release! This is most certainly an album for all you black symphonic metal fans out there and for those who love bands such as; Old Man’s Child, Dissection, Dimmu Borgir [old], Embraced, Vesania etc. I don’t think I could’ve loved this album any more than I already do! If you haven’t heard this album, then you NEED to…NOW.
Review by Jo Blackened