Grotesque
In the Embrace of Evil


4.5
superb

Review

by BillEco USER (6 Reviews)
March 15th, 2009 | 219 replies | 6,787 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Blend early Morbid Angel with Black Metal and Thrash and make everything darker. What you get is an extremely pleasing performance of Extreme metal. Worth checking out at least once.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Back in the late 90’s when the mighty Florida scene was emerging a band named “Grotesque” (from the demise of which At the Gates rose) was doing its own brand of extreme metal across the ocean. I say extreme because it actually is a mix of death, thrash and black metal. Imagine “Altars of Madness” with thrashy riffs, eerie solos and a darker atmosphere. It is a good description of what the album sounds like.

This album is a collection of songs from the demos the band had created, thus the style from one song to the other can vary a bit. You will understand it during the transition from Angel’s Blood to Nocturnal Blasphemies. It’s not a dramatic change however since all the songs have a certain feeling without that meaning repetition. At the first listen the songs are discernable from each other and with a few more spins they should be easily told apart.

The production of this album is pretty good. There is a thick guitar tone that creates this dark atmosphere. The riffs are as I said thrashy for the bigger part; don’t expect something melodic or heartfelt here. It is an album for those days when you want to headbang or scream along. The bass is pretty much inaudible but the listener can catch a few glimpses here and there. The drumming is awesome however. I don’t know who the drummer was but he certainly pulls it off amazingly. Complex fills and frenetic blast beats that will get you “air blasting” are what the drumming here is.

For the vocal part; I can only say it is top notch. The vocalist is Tomas Lindberg known for his work with At the Gates. Unlike his later works here lower (not gurgly or non understandable) growls and screams are utilized rather than his higher pitched screaming. A lot of emotion is put in the songs as can be easily told creating a great result. If the random screams in Incantation (you’ll know which ones I mean when you hear them) can’t scare you then I don’t know what can.

I would have also liked the lyrics if it was not for a disturbing fact. Lindberg was only 16 at the time. The lyrics were fascinated with Satan or darkness. My point is that I’m not convinced that he knew what he was talking about. Teenagers are impressionable and evil is always fascinating but also evil is a pretty perilous path and not to be taken lightly.

The songs here are either speedy with the intention of getting the listener headbanging like “Spawn of Azathoth” or longer with changes in mood and tempo like “Incantation”. There are also two instrumental tracks (the opener and “Seven Gates”) that have a haunting atmosphere with the second featuring some acoustic work too rather than just the synth effects the opener has. This album also features “Church of the ”. Jeez this song kicked my **s the first time I listened to it and still does. Frenetic and relentless, not to be missed whatsoever.

This album is a lost diamond of Metal. Do yourself a favour and acquire it. I can’t really find any real flaw in this apart from the lyrical part. If you actually buy it, it comes with At the Gates’ first EP “Gardens of Grief” which is similar to this album.

Recommended songs: (pretty much any song could do it but for me)
Church of the
Incantation
Angel’s Blood



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BillEco
March 15th 2009



67 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5


I think the review is pretty good. Opinions and criticism are welcome This Message Edited On 03.15.09

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
March 15th 2009



8317 Comments


pretty ok review. Some sentences are a bit hard to read but in general you did a good job. I might check this out, might not.

KYZAR
March 15th 2009



513 Comments


looks OK i may have a listen.

Piglet
September 9th 2009



4651 Comments


Oh, I want this.

BallsToTheWall
December 2nd 2009



44164 Comments


Band rapesfordays.

ShoeSoup
August 14th 2010



782 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

flawless fucking classic. this album has it all. In your face, crushing blackened death madness (Blood Runs From the Altar), classic death metal (Submit to Death, Fall into Decay), sprawling epics (Angel's Blood, Incantation), tunes with Alf Svensson's signature twisted riffing (Nocturnal Blasphemies, Spawn of Azathoth, Incantation) and over-the-top masterpieces of insanity (Church of the Pentagram, Ripped from the Cross). if you claim to like "brutal", "heavy", "black", "extreme", "deadly", "progressive", or "technical" metal, and you haven't heard this, you're a fool. this album defines each of those 7 words.

ShoeSoup
January 26th 2011



782 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this is the best compilation album ever released

pissbore
October 19th 2011



9935 Comments


this rules hard

BallsToTheWall
October 19th 2011



44164 Comments


m/

pissbore
October 19th 2011



9935 Comments


fucking m/

Hawks
October 21st 2011



34293 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is fucking amazing. m/

Digging: Mayhem - Esoteric Warfare

pissbore
October 22nd 2011



9935 Comments


IAAAAAAAAAAAA LUUUCIFEEERICOOOOOOOOOOOON

pissbore
January 9th 2013



9935 Comments


church of the motherfucking pentagram

pissbore
January 15th 2013



9935 Comments


BLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD
RUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUNS
FROM THE AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALTAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAR


pissbore
January 19th 2013



9935 Comments


people should worship this legendary masterpiece

pissbore
January 21st 2013



9935 Comments


"Imagine “Altars of Madness” with thrashy riffs, eerie solos"

yeah cause altars had none of this...

pissbore
January 21st 2013



9935 Comments


way too much shitty music being discussed right now so bump

70sPriestIsBetter
January 22nd 2013



1934 Comments



IAAAAAAAAAAAA LUUUCIFEEERICOOOOOOOOOOOON [2]


70sPriestIsBetter
January 23rd 2013



1934 Comments


daily bump

Killerhit
January 23rd 2013



5208 Comments


FROM THE AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALTAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAR [2]



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