Dolce Vita Sath-anas
A Polish oddity!
Yet another case for the compulsory multiple listening to of albums by reviewers before they review. My first impressions of this Polish three piece weren't good. I thought they sounded like a bit of a joke band. It's true, the vocals are a little ridiculous, maybe a bit like Mike Patton on speed, but thankfully they only last three tunes, whereupon the album goes headlong into instrumental mode, and never returns.
After several listens this band's unique charms become clear. This album is just fun, and doesn't really take itself too seriously or pretend to be something that it's not. You can hear traces of influences, but nothing really stands out, lending an air of individuality to proceedings. Poland not being a known hotbed of Metal talent, obviously these guys have absorbed many different sounds from the wider world of heavy music, injected influences from their own culture, and channelled it all into a sound that they can truly call their own. In this pigeonholing obsessed world we live in, no genre seems to suit Grimlord. Too light in tone to be considered thrash or hardcore, too eccentric to be straight metal. Definitely too polished to be punk. They are an anomaly. But a highly enjoyable one!
And the bonus is that these guys can actually really play. The drumming especially is quite intense and dexterous. The guitar player likes to show off his shredding capabilities every now and then too. Throw in some imaginative instrumentation and arrangements, and you have yourself a quirky and highly entertaining little mix.
If your ears crave a slight break or something differing a little from their usual diet of loud and brutal sounds, give Grimlord a go. You won't regret it.
More from Grimlord
- Blood Runneth Over [review]