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Released: 2016, Indie
Back in March 2016, almost a year ago to the day, I wrote a review for the debut, indie EP of a band called Grimgotts. It was called HERE BE DRAGONLORDS and I quite liked it. We kept in touch and since then they have released two more EP’s so to get caught up as it were, I’m going to do a quick review both of them this month.
Hot on the heels of their debut EP comes the bands newest release, EXTENDITUS PLAYUS. A very clever title but mildly uninspired album cover, compared to the last one and the next one. The band seemed to have expanded to a four-piece…maybe. The thing is these guys seem to have a sense of humour, so it is hard to tell. They seemed to have added a drummer, now being a quartet but the drummers name is Lord Fleshtomb Weeping Weasley…so is it a drum machine or a real person? I didn’t dig too deep into the band Facebook page or Bandcamp, there is a picture of a trio on the Facebook page…but who knows for sure? Only the band, and it probably doesn’t matter because the drums sound just fine.
The sound of the band has not altered at all since the debut. They stand and deliver another fun and infectious 20 minute EP full of folk-inspired Metal. Epic orchestration, narration and sound-effects launch the EP in fine form, but I wish the narration was higher in the mix so I didn’t have to strain to hear the voice over the swelling horns. All the songs are bouncy and fun, most speedy jigs and whirls, that scamper across the realms of dragons. Solid musicianship anchor these songs that have good humour and a playful sense that gives you the idea they don’t taker it too seriously…seriously enough to be professional, but not too intense…they remind me perhaps a bit of Jalbadoath.
I’d like to see these guys really ramp it up…a 20 EP is cool but now with three 20 minute long EP’s under their belts in about a year, why not make one killer album in the first place? Grimgotts are destined for glory.
1. He That Lived
2. I Am the Hero
3. Liquid Luck
4. Through the Ages
5. Down the Hatch
6. Nightmare on the Sea
Andy Barton Vocals, Keyboards
David Hills Guitars
Kristoffer Wirch Bass
Lord Fleshtomb Weeping Weasley Drums
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