Undersigned was totally blown away (figuratively) by Grimirg’s debut album MMXV-I; check out the review that was published on December 13th 2015. Both the project (Grimirg) and the label (Patologian Laboratorio Productions) are courtesy of Aki Klemm aka Grim666, for your information.
I’d like to skip a ‘full’ introduction this time, and go to the essence: the Aural Art provided under the banner of Pioneer Anomaly. The album; recorded in 2015 (I guess at Aki’s own Patologian Laboratory Studio), consists of two very lengthy tracks, Throvgh The Ageless Dvst (28:22) and The Grave Of Light (19:39). The artwork is cosmic-explosive (hey, dare not to disagree, okay…), but the destructive forces behind that visual concept are like an omen for the sonic execution to come.
Throvgh The Ageless Dvst takes off with an intro based on synths and a xylophone-alike thing, reminding me deeply to Lustre, before eventually getting joined by ultra-slow and minimal drums and a fine bass melody. Slowly on, step by step, everything evolves, and after three and a half minutes, we’re back to where the origins of Grimirg dwell around: the essence of fundamental and no-nonsense Funeral Doom in its purest sense. The very, very slow material is hugely melodious, partly caused by the majestic and melancholic lead guitar melodies. And then, those wretched grunts: ultra-deep, but I mean something like the really abyssal-like ultra-deepness from some bottomless pit.
Despite the length, there are plenty of things going on – there’s a constantly interactive play in between different emotions, influences, tempos (though, the latter varies from extremely slow to even more extreme slow)… Both tracks are quite cohesive in their execution, but despite the long duration and the un-speed, the whole experience is able to retain one’s attention (at least mine…). Once again the debut of Ahab and Until Death Overtakes Me (like those cymbals in The Grave Of Light) are references, injected by those Lustre-inspired details, resulting in a dense-foggy wall of Doom.
I will keep it short and simple this time. The essence of Funeral Doom can be defined, once again, by Grim666’s outfit Grimirg. Don’t expect progressive gimmicks or modern trends, but prepare for almost fifty minutes of desolation, desperation and pain. This is mesmerizing, ominous, un(der)worldly Aural Art the most magisterial way!