Grand Magus
Grand Magus


4.0
excellent

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (197 Reviews)
December 6th, 2012 | 41 replies | 2,094 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This is a start of an era. Enter the Gauntlet.

Hailing from Sweden this psychedelic, doom, retro rock, metal, and stoner group (whichever you would like to go with, Grand Magus like to use ‘Stoner Blues’) released their self-titled debut in 2001 and it makes for some of the best stoner metal to be released this side of the twentieth century. Grand Magus has all the bounce of a conventional rock record and much of the catchiness created by the use of hooks and head banging grooves. To put it bluntly the music is straight-forward balls out featuring some retro passages from the 70’s and 80’s with an emphasis on fluent transitions between sections. Not only do tracks blend together with a familiar sound; Grand Magus blends their internal strong structures together with cleverly created chorus lines, verses and blistering (but not ‘wanking’) guitar solos.

Grand Magus is not a “fist pumping record”, rather it’s a ”bob your head up and down with steady appreciation record”. The music itself is not physically emotive in the way you want to go out and hit someone; instead the mood is mellow, great for a good time drinking or… listening to with the lights out. However the music doesn’t present too much in the way of technicality there is enough here to maintain the listeners interest on talent alone, for the most part Grand Magus was built on a solid foundation of riffs and a solid percussion section. As for the production Grand Magus largely produced the album off their own backs and surprisingly the overall sound is beyond their time. The production itself plays a key role in allowing every minor feature of the music to shine through as well as the major features including JB Christoffersson’s soaring vocal lines. The impact of the bass guitar is also quite noticeable and whilst they may fall into mimicking the guitar line they hold a presence to ensure Grand Magus’ vibrant and thick sound.

Overall, this is music to please the senses. The album has a simplistic yet commanding presence in its soundscape. Helped by a quality home-made production this self-titled debut is an impressive release and is certain to receive multiple listens. Grand Magus shows that they are quality musicians going out on a limb with their retro influenced doom metal. A band that is more than capable gives listeners a taste of something that is not going to go out of fashion anytime soon. Solid song writing and lyrics with depth backed by a group of talented musicians going for broke releasing music ahead and behind their time.



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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 6th 2012


7041 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

How this had no review..... how?

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 6th 2012


6079 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great album, this was the first and last time these guys played blues/heavy rock.

Pos.

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lostforwords
December 6th 2012


445 Comments


Great review,pos.
I remembere dismissing this album for being a part of the stoner/doom trend, which was exhausting in
2002. Then I actually listened to it...

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 6th 2012


7041 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Thankee guys absolutely a great listen.

demigod!
December 6th 2012


44341 Comments


good review. Might have to check this out, love myself some stoner metal.

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 6th 2012


7041 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Give it a go man,

demigod!
December 6th 2012


44341 Comments


i want to, but cannot find a working download link. Tearz.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 6th 2012


7041 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Try utubing some tracks mayb?

demigod!
December 6th 2012


44341 Comments


might have to, but i'd like to put the album on my iPod or something

TheSpirit
December 6th 2012


17803 Comments


Pretty good review man. Never got too much into these guys

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NagasakiBomber
December 6th 2012


121 Comments


Really well written review dude, take a pos. Might have to give this a listen as soon as Mayhem finish.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
December 6th 2012


7386 Comments


I thought I was the only one to review these guys on here. Glad you've proven me wrong. Solid review.

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 6th 2012


7041 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Had to correct the fact that this album didn't have a review Greg you can have the stagelight back now : )

NagasakiBomber
December 6th 2012


121 Comments


It was a good review so you should be proud dude

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 6th 2012


7041 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Had to correct the fact that this album didn't have a review Greg you can have the stagelight back now : )

NagasakiBomber
December 6th 2012


121 Comments


lol you already posted that once

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 6th 2012


7041 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Yeah double posts are common when my server is on the skits

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
December 6th 2012


20634 Comments


Good review, pos'd.

Never really got into this band for some reason. Might give this album a listen at some point.

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 6th 2012


7041 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Every body should at least give it a go. What's to lose?

NagasakiBomber
December 6th 2012


121 Comments


lol thats a fair point actually what is to lose lol



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