Behemoth
Grom


2.5
average

Review

by Shadows USER (89 Reviews)
December 4th, 2005 | 34 replies


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist


If hell had an insane asylum, this would be constantly playing on its sound system. Taking what they had originally done on Sventevith to the next level, Grom is one of black metal’s most unusual and distinguishing releases. This continues their path as a hard line black metal band, but Behemoth seemed to have explored their options and truly expanded upon what they’re capable of. While emotions are mixed in the listener, they’re as true and forthcoming as ever on Behemoth’s second album. Instruments are technical, atmospheric tools are used more then previous years, melodies are bizarre yet amiable, and the entire album comes together as one unforgettable viewing of black metal experimentation.

At the heart of Behemoth is pure black metal. No denial can be made in this matter. From the very beginning of the ceremonial Intro, riffs are fast and raw, drumming is more clear-cut then previous efforts, and the vocals are as unpolished as one could hope. It is important to understand that by experimenting nothing “extreme" has been sacrificed from their sound, as exposed by the aural poundings of The Dark Forest or Thou Shalt Forever Win. Their sound has actually been amplified by such presences that formulate a fresh creative style of writing. The effects used to back the music make a dynamic presence of highly regarded metal with no hint of restraint of ideas.

Not enough can be said about the variation involved here. The band used so many elements in their black metal that the music is downright unpredictable. You never know if you’re going to get hit with ambience, acoustic guitars, female singing, or bass-driven melodies. The Dark Forest is a brutal black metal track interrupted by an eastern acoustic riff before flowing into a female-fronted chanting section. The album melodically yet sadly continues with a somber Satyricon-esque riff in Spellcraft & Heathendom while the title track is a reminiscent song full of tortured chants and screams. Nothing can be anticipated on this album, as every second spawns something completely different.

Unfortunately, the album is greatly held back by the execution of its greatest assets. Much of the experimenting was very sloppy and uncoordinated leading to a cringe factor that hits one almost as unexpectedly as the implementation itself. The clean singing and chanting often sounds like it was recorded in the span of a few minutes, leading to a terrible lack of blending and a clash of sounds. Some instances to avoid are the terrible deep shouting of Rising Proudly Towards the Sky and any song containing clean female vocals (and there are many). The horrid attempts at adding unique dimensions to the music manages to balance out the excellent ones fairly evenly. Lucky for Behemoth, the instrumental variations of the music slightly dominate making for a strange yet enjoyable listen. This is a must-have foe Behemoth fans, and something that’s at least worth exploring for black metal fans.

Recommended tracks:
§ Spellcraft & Heathendom
§ Dragon's Lair (Cosmic Flames and Four Barbaric Seasons)
§ Lasy Pomorza

Pros:
§ A basis of raw, essential black metal
§ Great experimenting of instruments
§ Original and very memorable

Cons:
§ Terrible executions of some vocals
§ Definite instances that are painful to listen to



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Priestmetal
December 4th 2005


542 Comments


Could you elaborate on how some instances are painful to lsiten to?

Good review though...

DesolationRow
December 4th 2005


833 Comments


Haha, i looked at the album title and the band and just said to myself: "Oh yeah, definitely a ShadowsFallen review."

Great review, man, and once again, continuing the legacy of reviewing stuff i have never even heard of.


Shadows
Moderator
December 4th 2005


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

[QUOTE=Priestmetal]Could you elaborate on how some instances are painful to lsiten to?[/QUOTE]
I did. :confused: What didn't you understand about it?

[QUOTE=Entwistle]Haha, i looked at the album title and the band and just said to myself: "Oh yeah, definitely a ShadowsFallen review."

Great review, man, and once again, continuing the legacy of reviewing stuff i have never even heard of. [/QUOTE]
Hahaha, thanks, it's really cool to know people are starting to recognize (or not recognize) the things I review.

Thanks for the comments everyone. I don't expect many to know this album but it's nice to hear what you think.

Priestmetal
December 4th 2005


542 Comments


Youre right. You did. My bad. Gotta work on my speed reading....

Shadows
Moderator
December 4th 2005


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It happens. At least I know you (tried to) read it.

Storm In A Teacup
December 5th 2005


13228 Comments


Should I bother with this or am I not missing out on anything?

Shadows
Moderator
December 5th 2005


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Don't bother. I'm sure you won't like it.

Dancin' Man
December 5th 2005


719 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Awful. This is by far the worst Behemoth album. The music is just poorly written and performed. Not up to Behemoth standards.

I honestly hate this album.

Shadows
Moderator
December 6th 2005


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Wow. This had some serious issues, but overall I still liked it.

Nothing beats their death metal stuff though.

k4t4lyst
June 9th 2006


201 Comments


Good Review as always :D

i might pick this up...it's probably discountinued though...Arch Enemy's "Black Earth" was discountinued...so this probably will be too I guess.

Thor
June 17th 2006


10202 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I'm not really pleased with this album at all. After hearing what they're capable of, this just can't measure up. It's nice listening to them playing a different genre and all, but the vocals are just so bad.

Digging: Black Crown Initiate - The Wreckage of Stars

k4t4lyst
June 17th 2006


201 Comments


^^^What are the vocals like? Are they extremely high-pitched or something? Or what? Cuz I know in the current Behemoth, the vocals are low-pitched, almost at a constant growl.

Thor
June 26th 2006


10202 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

They're very black metal, and they don't really strike me as good black metal vocals at that. Just stay away from this album.

diefamous
September 5th 2006


281 Comments


Excellent review. I agree on the vocals, way too fucked up sounding in my opinion.

Bleak
December 11th 2007


258 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I like the acoustic bits of the album, but I must agree sometimes the vocals made me cringe.

Hawks
April 3rd 2008


35837 Comments


Behemoth's Black Metal albums are really good. They were like early Satyricon.

pride
November 10th 2009


227 Comments


If any of you could recommend an album or two that are very musically similar to this but without terrible vocals I'd appreciate it. With good vocals I would probably love this.

Hawks
November 10th 2009


35837 Comments


Listen to Bergtatt by Ulver.

pride
November 10th 2009


227 Comments


Thanks

Hawks
November 10th 2009


35837 Comments


No problem. Also listen to any of the Agalloch full lengths.



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