Grinning Death's Head
Golden Dawn


4.5
superb

Review

by ThyCrossAwaits USER (46 Reviews)
July 10th, 2012 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An amalgam of fulfilled promises.

A cassette tape placed inside a hand-assembled matchbox case, all with a strictly red-and-black color scheme. Adorned with a skeleton bedecked in what appears to be royal Aztec-gyptian regalia. All housing seven tracks, 27-odd minutes of blown-out scratchy black metal, analog as fvk.

It's every kvlt moron's 2x3" wet dream.

For all its effort towards being hipster-hobo black metal sat gently in a box of self-worth (sold out as well, by the way), Grinning Death's Head's Golden Dawn demo doesn't skimp on the content. It's a core rich with bruiser punx riffs framed by excursions into wavering lo-fi doom (intro "Golden Cross", as well as "Serpent Pillar" and "Silver Chord") and, with "Seven Rays," something else entirely. The nearly 8-minute closing track pushes out with a different energy, a twiddling-chord post-something surge boosted by a bouncing jazz-esque bass lick, occasionally slinking serpentinely through the haze of static before re-submerging.

While the slower, more ambling tracks cut the constant barrage of palm-to-the-chin riffs and snare-rape, the latter items make up the intensely enjoyable majority of an exceptional demo. The slight militaristic stomp of "Morning Star" pauses before jolting otherwise unimpeded into the complex, messy riffing of "Rising Planes". "Body of Light" too, like its ilk, slams around like a elk stag caught in a garage. Golden Dawn cranks all the right knobs. It's filthy. It's catchy. It's long enough to satisfy yet short enough for it's rough edges to be palatable. Perfection in relation to form.

…and it is raw as a skinned knee.



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ThyCrossAwaits
July 10th 2012


3058 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Short.

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Havey
July 10th 2012


9761 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Get promoted to contributor already

Havey
July 10th 2012


9761 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Last paragraph needs proofreadin'

ThyCrossAwaits
July 10th 2012


3058 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Bit rough, added a bunch of words late in the game. fix'd.

And thanks, I did apply once again. Crossed fingers.

alachlahol
July 10th 2012


7509 Comments


havent listened to these hipster retards in a couple years

alachlahol
July 10th 2012


7509 Comments


2hard4hawks

Adabelle
July 10th 2012


4258 Comments


Hawks y u no dig?

ThyCrossAwaits
July 10th 2012


3058 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Not enough synths.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
July 10th 2012


18873 Comments


have this still gotta check

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ThyCrossAwaits
July 10th 2012


3058 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

'spretty good.

TheFonz123
July 28th 2012


2795 Comments


good album

BallsToTheWall
August 3rd 2012


44805 Comments


Sick review. Still need to get this.

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TheSpirit
September 19th 2012


17990 Comments


Oh fuck didn't know this got reviewed.. one of the best albums this year

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sixdegrees
November 19th 2012


17569 Comments


fuk this is raw

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
November 19th 2012


18873 Comments


rulz

Inveigh
November 30th 2012


25116 Comments


I got this a long time ago and never jammed it... might have to change that tonight. after I finish listening to diSEMBOWELMENT and eating sushi of course.

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ShadowRemains
November 30th 2012


21354 Comments


krieg

SeaAnemone
May 28th 2013


20834 Comments


fuck I was missin out on this last year

BallsToTheWall
May 28th 2013


44805 Comments


Sea listens to GDH wut?

alachlahol
May 29th 2013


7509 Comments


one of the only good youth attack bands



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