by manuscriptreplica USER (18 Reviews)
March 18th, 2005 | 58 replies | 14,467 views

Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist

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Tommy Vetterli Ė Guitars
Ron Royce Ė Vocals, Bass
Marquis Marky Ė Drums, Percussion
Year - 1993

This particular Coroner opus was their last, and what a great way to go out. All through their career they had been progressing, and this was the result of four fabulous albums. They had refined everything by this stage Ė groove, speed, technicality, progression, leads, lyrics, you name it. The result, the mighty Grin.

In this album, the drummer, Marquis Marky, finally gets some pretention in him, and starts muddling around with technical beats, off-time signatures, speed, and he does it all perfectly. Take the drumming in the intro of Grin (Nails Hurt), it is one of the most constructive and inventive drum lines Iíve ever heard. His double kicks are splendid too. His best performance by far. Tommy Vetterli, while he doesnít solo as much as he did in his early days, when he does pull out the occasional lead (Internal Conflicts) he does it extremely well. But his real gems on this CD are his riffs. They have so much groove, itís unreal. His songwriting is top notch, possibly some of the best songwriting in metal. Ron Royce, what can I say? He stands out even moreso than he has done in previous albums, a lot of the time having his own riff, instead of following the guitar. Great stuff.

Dream Path

This is just a simple intro, short at only 1:12. Itís very Sepultura style, with all these tribal sounds, like the drums, and the didgeridoo, which is that long pipe Aboriginies use. Itís a great sound, I like it. This track is really too short to be considered a song, so Iíll move on.

The Lethargic Age

Starts with a short, then long chord by Vetterli, and a cool bassline by Royce, and a simple drum beat. Right away, it strays from its original 4/4 timing, into a 5/4 bar, simply by adding an extra beat in. Great stuff. The verse is cool, I love his voice on the whole album, it is so powerful. The verse is pretty simple; a slow galloping riff, and a rock beat. The chorus has the same instrumentation as the intro, with different drumming. At about 2:50, we get our first of not very many Vetterli solos. This one is a gem. He has a cool tone on his guitar, itís distorted, but itís not the normal crunchy sound you usually get from a guitar, itís much more smoother. The groove of the riff is memorable. A good way to open the CD. And the hyper outro is great.

Internal Conflicts

This song is one of Coronerís finest. It has everything. Starts with a snare roll, and guitar and bass matching it. Then it does the riff, with tom rolls, then to a rock beat. The vocal delivery in this song is damn evil! ďI will cross my skull, when I feel like doing it! I will break my bones, when I feel like doing it!" He almost is giving orders, the way he is hurling his words out. Itís all over another odd time, where the music kind of follows the words, not vice versa. Thereís a slow bit in the middle, the ďSelf-destruct" bit (which has an awesome groove), but it remains pretty high paced until about 2:30, when it gets pretty slow. It speeds up at about 2:50, itís similar to the intro, then the lead break. 3 minutes in on the 3rd song. Cool, huh? This lead is the best on the album by a long, long way, maybe on of his best. Thereís a short break in the solo, and then he starts doing some crazy sweep picking. Incredible stuff. After the solo, itís all pretty samey stuff, it repeats ďbut Iíll never" bit a while, until the ending, where a cool effect concludes the song.

Caveat (To The Coming)

Starts with some nice, acoustic (or something) chords, and with the children laughing in the background, it gives a nice feel to it, it reminds me of the beach, for some reason. It gets heavier after a while, into another incredibly groovy riff. I like the vocals, again, he has this really wicked (in that I mean evil) feel to him, and itís great. Thereís a slower bit, then a sort of solo, and you can really hear the bassline clearly, which is great. Itís all the same for a while, it changes at about 3:10, thereís this ascending thing on the bass, over chords from the guitar, which sounds good. Thereís a solo at about 4:00, another excellent Vetterli tour de force. Again, pretty samey, still a decent song. Not one of my favourites, though.

Serpent Moves

Begins with a heavy riff, with a kind of floating feel, I think. Some random voices come in. The riff gets a bitt messier at about 1:06, and the lyrics ďIím moving, Iím changing". Back to a slower riff, with the same lyrics. The song really doesnít get going until about 1:45. After the verse, itís back to that riff, and then the lyrics ďIím movinÖí again. Bear in mind, this has reached the 3 minute mark, and there has been about 2 different parts to the song, and isnít boring. To me, anyway. I donít like the vocals as much as previous songs, he is pretty melodic in this one, and hasnít got his Ďarmy generalí vocals cranking. Another great Vetterli solo now, this goes on for about another minute or so. After that, thereís a quiet bit, with a long slide on the guitar. Thereís a cool instrumental part, that goes for about 4 minutes. Itís almost psychedelic, the way it is done. Itís pretty good. Thereís a cool effect on the drums towards the end, I dunno what they did, but it sounds like they did the cymbals in reverse. Itís great, just like the whole song.

Status: Still Thinking

Starts with guitar, then a nifty 15/8 riff! Woo. Cool. Itís the 1993 version of the Ocean. These vocals are better, however the Swiss attempts at writing English vocals obviously faltered in this song, with silly vocals like ĎDonít wanna know your brotherís nameí all the way through the song. This song is rather repetitive throughout, itís kind of droning. Thereís a cool Ďfloatingí riff again (what I mean by that is that the bass gets busy, but the guitar just plays one chord to a bar). I usually skip this track. A decent solo saves it from too much monotony. The ending leads on well to the next song, with bongos, and more tribal sounds.

Theme For Silence

This is similar to the opening track, more ambient sounds, pretty cool, actually. More didgeridooís. Thereís really nothing to explain here, except it has a didgeridoo in it. Onwards!

Paralized, Mesmerized

Again, it starts with a solitary guitar riff, and overdubbed guitar work!! Yeah. I like the intro to this, itís slow and groovy. The vocals are awesome. The general is back. Thereís a nice riff at about 2:00, a nice build-up, but it stays slow. Royce barks ĎParalized, mesmerizedí and then back to the verse. Thereís a cool solo in there, finished off with some madcore sweep picking. Thereís another one of those instrumental psychedelic interludes after the solo, which I like a lot. It gets a bit faster after the interlude, and then another solo! Two in one song! This is another madcore solo, probably better than the first. At around the 6:50 mark, it goes back to the verse/chorus. The song concludes the same way as the intro.

Grin (Nails Hurt)

This is the best song on the album. It is just breathtaking. It starts off with another guitar riff, soon to be joined by bass and drums. Instead of following the beat, the drums do this weird, awesome thing, that somehow keeps it all together. Vetterliís guitar tone is flawless. Itís typical, hammer the E-string thrash, slowed right down, and add 350% groove. Some great double kick, not fast, but solid as a mother****er. I love the vocals, especially the ĎGriní and ĎNails, in my brainí bits. The whole thingís great. Thereís a cool, even slower ĎUntil I loseí bit, which is great. Back to the verse, and the oh so excellent riff. Then the ĎUntil I lose bití then to the greatest bit on the whole album. At about 5:00 minutes, the band suddenly goes into speed metal mode. A very fast drum beat (made even faster because of the fact that itís a pretty slow album) and initially guitar hits on every snare hit (a nice syncopation thing) and the occasional long chord. Itís got such a great feel to it, I canít describe. Hear this song, now. It ends rather abruptly with some gun shots.


This is a weird song. It starts with a nice bass riff, itís got this really cool tone to it. Then it gets all weird on us. The bass riff continues, but there is a spoken word bit (?) and the occasional guitar fill. Then these shocking, almost hardcore vocals come in. Itís very spooky in the spoken bits, they add all these random sounds, creating a really eerie atmosphere. Soon, a synth comes in, and starts doing this riff. Thereís a little random guitar thing in the background now. I like the female backing vocals, they sound great. This song is pretty hard to describe actually, thereís really too much going on. Thereís a quiet bit at around the 5 minute mark, it goes all classical, with a sitar kind of sounding guitar, and really nice bass work, it sounds fretless. The female backing vox are nice. Some cool guitar delay effects now. This could be called another one of those psychedelic jams. This one is brilliant. It ends with a huge chord, and some fly sounds. Brilliant song.

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March 19th 2005


Cool. I liked "Grin (Nails Hurt".

April 15th 2005


nice! For some reason I havent bothered to check any of their 90s albums (Mental Vortex and Grin)

March 30th 2007


Album Rating: 4.0

Cool new Trash
( i mean for me...didnt knew them)

Thanx Manu & DethThis Message Edited On 03.30.07

March 30th 2007


You should check out ''Mental Vortex'' too, very cool tech-thrash. Btw, if you are interested in technical thrash I highly recommend you Artillery. The singer has a very very VERY odd vocal style but their music is awesome.

April 13th 2007


Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Deth
much appreciated
i will check them This Message Edited On 04.13.07

December 4th 2009


Album Rating: 5.0

Great review.Superb album and what it might be added is some brooding atmosphere throughout the hole piece.That makes it truly special.Coroner are a very interesting band and way too underrated.

April 17th 2010


Album Rating: 3.5

yea this is really awesome almost as good as mental vortex

Digging: Gal Costa - Gal Costa

Contributing Reviewer
June 11th 2010


Album Rating: 4.0

"Host" is a fucking amazing closer.

Digging: Fallujah - The Flesh Prevails

June 30th 2010


Album Rating: 3.5


Staff Reviewer
September 29th 2010


Album Rating: 5.0

almost as good as mental vortex

Grin is way better than Mental Vortex.

Digging: Essence Beyond - Carnivalism

September 29th 2010


I love the tracks Internal Conflicts + Grin. Have to get this album.

September 29th 2010


Album Rating: 3.5

Grin is way better than Mental Vortex.


September 29th 2010


opinions guys wtf are they

September 29th 2010


Album Rating: 3.5

they are not welcome here

Staff Reviewer
September 29th 2010


Album Rating: 5.0


haha lol

No More Color is way better than Mental Vortex too.

September 29th 2010


Album Rating: 3.5

they all rule hard but come on man

October 20th 2011


Album Rating: 5.0

Can't believe this is the lowest rated coroner record - it is by far their best work

Contributing Reviewer
November 19th 2011


Album Rating: 4.5

I can see why people,including some of the devoted coroner fans themselves, actually hated this album, because of its massive step up from any sort of straightforward thrash element in the band's sound. 'Host' and the title track were proof that coroner had ultimately moved on with their sound earlier discovered on their first three albums, but for me, 'Grin' is still a masterpiece by any standards. The instrumentals it could have done without, but nonetheless 'Grin' proved that metal still gave as good as it got in the 90's.

Digging: Black Anvil - Hail Death

July 5th 2012


Album Rating: 4.0

Really great album, but i dont get/like the ¬ī¬īdumbed¬ī¬ī vocals on some songs. Paralyzed Mesmerized and Grin are top ten material for best Coroner songs.

August 8th 2012


album art scares the shit out of me. gonna check this out soon since i have heard all the others

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