Sunday, May 10, 2009

GraVil - Age Of Corruption
Bitter To The Core

Ok so they have a splash of keyboard so going so far as labeling this Anglo-Scandinavian death metal duo (Gra being the English frontispiece and Vil the Scandinavian Dr Frankenstein labouring away at pretty much all else) ‘symphonic’ may be pushing it, but if it makes some unsuspecting Lacuna Coil or Evanesence aficionado cough up their silver then hopefully they’ll choke on these notes. Joking aside about their being several million of them to make that a likelihood, this melodic piles, or pyre, of bile-riddled melodic thrash is of a stupendously high order and that’s about the least of it. Helmsman especially, reveals a neat line in lyrical trickery, spat out more discernibly than possibly any death metal record ever, perhaps something to do with them actually having something worth coughing and spluttering into your / our slovenly visages about. Along with the assault of Heviosity (Will Ensue) they dare deviate from the deathprint and rattle around with undertones of metalcore and even hip-hop style delivery amid the usual dismembering barrage of rhythmic spasms enough to make you leave limbs in the room and be a viable sick note from work, just do something useful with the time, not least utilizing the inside sleeve cartoon of a skull with judge’s wig on holding aloft a charge sheet including ‘Unsolicited Enlightenment’, ‘Unauthorised Use Of Free Will’ and ‘Gross Use Of Freedom Of Speech’. The debut full-lengther to come should capitalise on these twenty minutes for a coruscating descent through society's sick charades.
Stu Gibson

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