Gris
A lame Enflammee, lame Constellee


5.0
classic

Review

by im not autistic, i was tested when i was 4, seriously USER (29 Reviews)
August 16th, 2013 | 51 replies | 2,342 views


Release Date: 07/09/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Like falling head first into an abyss

7 of 9 thought this review was well written

Black metal is a genre I've only been interested in as of this year, as my taste in music has evolved from listening exclusively to generic metalcore, to a much more varied and artistic take on music. Something just clicked in my brain, I had a realization of what music had integrity and true emotion and what music didn't. Ever since I explored entry-level black metal such as Burzum, Darkthrone, and even the more modern Deafheaven, there's always been one part that's interested me more than any other, and that is the overwhelming emotion found in black metal.

Now, I'm not an expert on the genre, not in the slightest, my username is not Hawks, but this French band may have created the most soul-crushing and bleak black metal album I have ever heard. The album starts out with an acoustic song "L'aube" that has emotionally overwhelming morose strings layered on top of wailing acoustic guitar, only to have these low, throaty and just wretched vocals scream over everything that's already happening, and in four and a half minutes Gris have created one of the most emotional black metal songs I have ever had the pleasure of hearing.

The album follows with a long, epic track "Les Forges", which contains a more traditional take on black metal, all the while remaining the extremely depressive nature that was showcased on the incredible opener. After around eleven minutes of having your heart wrenched, we come to an interlude, "Samsara", which is a Japanese concept of the infinite cycle of death and rebirth, and the song is certainly as bleak as the title suggests, it's more or less just a two minute drone of gloomy sounds.

The next two tracks are probably the most moving tracks on the whole album, "Igneus" and "Dil". Igneus contains some hard-hitting riffs, ear-shattering drumming, and the same wretched vocals that you'll be hearing all over this album. The vocals are some of the best I've heard in the genre, they remain low, but never really sound like death metal growls, they sound more like throaty shrieks. The closer to the first half of the album, Dil, begins with a five minute acoustic bit that is very atmospheric and mournful, before exploding for two minutes of brutal depressive black metal at it's finest.

The second half of the album starts out the same way it began, with a piece that could be best described as ennui, especially considering this is a French band after all. Acoustic guitar wails over strings, and at the end of the song vocals come in, and I can only imagine the vocalist just flexing all of the muscles in his body, straining everything he has to get his screams out, letting out all the pain and negativity he has ever felt in his life, it is truly beautiful.

I could go through every twist and turn this album has to offer, but in a way I would be spoiling it for you. This is something you have to experience yourself, and I feel like I've given you plenty of reason to. I would highly recommend this to any fan of black metal, especially anyone who particularly enjoys depressive black metal.



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YakNips
August 15th 2013



7213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Love love love this album, tried to do it justice.

Probably failed.

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sixdegrees
August 15th 2013



16794 Comments


do u 5 every album

be honest

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geasoftime
August 15th 2013



1139 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

pos'd, agree hard

YakNips
August 15th 2013



7213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yes I do sixxy.

Seriously though, check this out.
You should dig it.

sixdegrees
August 15th 2013



16794 Comments


maybe

YakNips
August 15th 2013



7213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good enough for me

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
August 15th 2013



1490 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yak you got me.

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
August 15th 2013



1490 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Pos'd hard since this is great.

YakNips
August 15th 2013



7213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

:D

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
August 15th 2013



1490 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Someone played this on plug, lol I think it was you. Haha

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 15th 2013



49788 Comments


I keep thinking it says Girls and I'm like since when do they make such grissley covers

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YakNips
August 15th 2013



7213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah pretty sure it was lol

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 15th 2013



49788 Comments


When are these guys gonna do a split with Dot Com?

YakNips
August 15th 2013



7213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I feel like I should be getting the joke but I don't..

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
August 15th 2013



1490 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I don't really either, but we should get a plug sesh going tonight

YakNips
August 15th 2013



7213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Aw hell yeah, I'll get in there now

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 15th 2013



49788 Comments


google grizz and dot com

Ignimbrite
August 15th 2013



5294 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

So I apparently need to get on this.

Hawks
August 15th 2013



34450 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah hard. Listening to this high is such an awesome experience lol.

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MoosechriS
August 16th 2013



4771 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

album is all kinds of awesome



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