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Grajo - Slowgod II review


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Band: Grajo
Album: Slowgod II
Release date: January 2018

01. Altares
02. Queen Cobra
03. Malmuerta
04. ER
05. Horror And Pleasure
06. Malstrøm

So female fronted retro doom bands seem to be all the rage. My amigo, Dani, from Discos Marcarras has fed me a couple particularly enjoyable ones in the past? Rosy Finch and, now appearing in the 2017 MSA's, Hela. Add Grajo to that list.

The album opens with two strong tracks that do a great job in walking down well-trodden paths. "Altares" is an eight minute plus slower dirge doom tune, whereas "Queen Cobra" is more of that rocking mid-pace style of doom that has the listener can't help but slow-mo headbang along with.

As I typed, enjoyable enough, they're catchy and well played. I liked 'em.

Where Slowgod II really made me take notice was "Malmuerta", a hypnotically trippy track in which after a fuzzed out solo everything seems to drop away a bit to the background and let vocalist Liz showcase her talents in a bit of a cadenza before the doom once again crasheth down.

The album's second half closes out well, drawing in some post-elements here, and more walks down the trippy trail there. A great album to put on later in the evening.

The end result is an album a hell of a lot more engaging than, sadly, my review for it. I've played it 20 times, per iTunes, and while I've struggled trying to pound out words, it's never been a struggle to hit "play" and listen Slowgod II again. And again. And again.

So if female-fronted fuzzed stonerdoom sounds vaguely your thing, get thee to bandcamp.

Rating breakdown
Performance: 9
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 8
Production: 9

Written on 21.02.2018 by BitterCOld has been officially reviewing albums for MetalStorm since 2009.


Comments: 3   Visited by: 81 users
21.02.2018 - 06:53
Cynic Metalhead
Paisa Vich Nasha
16 lines review looks so delicious.
21.02.2018 - 22:46
Drone Strike
Ah, a Craigview, always love the rare occasions when we get em. Thanks for calling this to our attention man, I haven't ridden the fuzzy, Terence McKenna doom train much lately, but still a major fan of it and always looking for cool recs. Might scope this later and see what Spectral Haze have been up to as well (another great one for this style that I highly suggest you check out if you haven't yet as a fan of Ortega, Wo Fat, etc).
Check out Apothecary's Favorite Bands Playlist, brotendo. One track per band.
24.02.2018 - 00:19
Made of Metal
Cool artwork but what happened to Slowgod I?

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