Gram - May I Never Hear Your Voices Again review


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Band: Gram
Album: May I Never Hear Your Voices Again
Release date: April 2009

01. Tired
02. Artemisia Absinthium
03. May I Never Hear Your Voices Again...
04. Leave
05. Nebelnässen Taunächte
06. Dark Cloud Formation
07. Tropfenschlag
08. In Memoriam Sociae Amatae

Gram is one of the many German Black Metal bands that is signed to Temple Of Torturous, and is also largely similar to many of the bands signed by the Chinese specialized label. Well, the depressive side is not as highlighted as it is on most of their label mates, and instead the band relies more Immortal / Abbath -esque croaks and pitch, but the name of the game is still pure Black Metal.

What's good about Gram is that they vary. From songs with trademark Iron Maiden melodies to strong Immortal-driven tracks to acoustic tear shedding, Gram covers about half of the Black metal spectrum. It's a good tour around the genre for tourists and newbies, but for those that have been into Black metal for over three months... I very much doubt that there's something in it for them. Yeah, it's listenable and tolerable because you listen to this sort of stuff every day, but that's really about it.

In the long run the musicianship is not bad, the production is okay, but the lack of originality turns out a crippling factor. While the music is not bad, I really need to force myself to listen to this, otherwise it quickly becomes just background static. And well, unfortunately for Gram, this will be an album I 'may' never hear again.

Rating breakdown
Performance: 7
Songwriting: 6
Originality: 5
Production: 6


Written on 02.07.2009 by If you're interested in extreme, often emotional and underground music, check out my reviews. I retired from reviewing, but I really used to be into that stuff.

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