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Posts Tagged ‘Grifteskymfning’


Friday, March 29th, 2013

I was so impressed by Grifteskymfning’s ‘Demo 08’ record that I decided to complete my collection by acquiring their other two vinyl releases – ‘Djävulens Boning’ and ‘Likpsalm’, the former being the only one recognised officially as a full-length and the latter apparently another demo (ha!), presented here in sumptuous double LP format by UK label Mordgrimm.

At two minutes shy of an hour, ‘Likpsalm’ certainly represents value for money and I have to say this pair of records packs a real punch. It states inside the gatefold sleeve that the music was recorded on a tape recorder in the Northern woods of Sweden in 2010 … thankfully it’s not quite as random / messy as this promise / threat or fact / exaggeration might imply!

Everything that an advocate of occult underground Black Metal craves is contained in spades on this album: ‘Likpsalm’ sounds ancient and distant and it’s cloaked within an eerie, shimmering atmosphere; the (un)production is organic; there’s a grim rawness to proceedings (haunting, slow- to mid-paced), complemented and embellished by a devilish sense of ambience. In short, here’s one of the most authentic and essential exhibits of nocturnal, obscure Black Metal that you will find anywhere.

Fantastic stuff – probably one of the best albums in my possession, actually –  but limited to 300 copies. So ends my latest broadcast of Grifteskymfning propaganda. And, no, I am not in the band…

Evilometer: 666/666

GRIFTESKYMFNING – DEMO 08 LP (Ancient Records / Afgrundsvisioner)

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Another collaborative effort from two labels that have really stolen my attention in recent months, ‘Demo 08’ manages to exceed expectations. I didn’t know before purchasing this record that there were no vocals on it (at least, if there are any, I can’t hear them!) and – if truth be told – that knowledge would probably have resulted in me giving it a miss. I mean, who wants arty-farty instrumentals?

However, my ignorance has been rewarded as Grifteskymfning – a band whose name I will never be able to spell – delivers a superb collection of five subtle, warped, repetitive tunes on this album (it’s underground music we are dealing with so don’t let the word Demo put you off).

In many respects, the music is reminiscent of Blut Aus Nord, except more low key and understated, perhaps a little rougher around the edges (with a measure of Hypothermia and Urfaust and fucking Hawkwind thrown into the mix. Maybe). It’s hard to say whether the inclusion of trademark shrill Black Metal vocals fluctuating in the background would have enhanced the songs – my gut instinct says they would – but as it is, ‘Demo 08’ is a great, trippy slab of instrumental dark art that’s well worth checking out.

Move quickly, though – for some reason these labels restrict their releases to frustratingly small limitations (a mere 250 units of this one, I believe, and already sold out at source, but still available in some distros).

Evilometer: 555/666