Coroner
Grin


4.0
excellent

Review

by facupm USER (21 Reviews)
July 17th, 2014 | 14 replies


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist


Coroner has always proved that they were capable of surprising everyone with each of their releases. Also each of their albums is unique, they definitely do not make two similar albums. They were not conservative at all in that sense. Grin is the last LP of the Swiss trio, released in 1993, a time when Thrash did not reign anymore, but Grunge and Alternative stuff did. This is particularly important to understand the nature of this one, because this is not an album you will expect after listening to their previous outputs.

If No More Color and Mental Vortex showed the band at their peak of their abilities and technicality, Grin shows a somewhat more mature and experimental side, trying new things that even are improper of the genre itself. That is why this is the most unusual Coroner album, and also the only one which could be fitted into another genre. The band discards their impressive twisted riffs and classical influences, in order to add a much more ambiental style, groovier and experimental, including some effects and synths that they had never tried before.

The compositions on Grin tend to be longer than ever before, with all the songs except for The Letargic Age and the interludes surpassing the six minutes mark. Gone are the twisted, fast and even shredding riffs of past releases, and are replaced by much more mid-tempo guitar work, for the most part of the album. Grin presents simpler guitar patterns which are utilized minutely, taking as most advantage as possible from each, repeating sometimes even more than the advisable those lines, like con Caveat (to the coming). Thankfully, this is not what prevails, as Tommy Vetterli still delivers an brilliant performance that keeps the listener interested.

On the bright side, the album is quite varied, and has plenty of bright moments, such as the haunting Grin (Nails Hurt). Moments of the old Coroner can be caught, where you can point and say, “this is my beloved Coroner”, even if they are not many. As previously mentioned, Vetterli does quite a great job, even if he does not have so much room to shine as on previous releases. Not all the songs have solos and they tend to repeat the riffs many times. Therefore, this being a more atmospherical album, the rhythm part is very important, and the groovy influences are notorious on Ron Broder’s bass playing, which is very solid too, as well as the varied input of Mark Edelmann on drums. All these is enhanced by a very good production work, which gives the album that industrial and groovy feel the band searched for. The songs that showcases the drastic change in Coroner’s sound best is the closer Host, a track that begins driven by synths, and takes advantage of its strange atmosphere and excellent guitar work.

However, Grin is not perfect. Almost an hour long, it is Coroner’s longest album, and at times it seems to drag and abuse of certain melodies and patterns, not bad on themselves, but simply overly used. And of course, this is Coroner, and Grin is certainly not something you would expect from them, less after the masterpiece that was Mental Vortex. Its groovy feel and industrial influences adopted, perhaps, in order to achieve a wider success could be considered by fans and specialized critics like a “sell out”.

To conclude, Grin is undoubtedly Coroner’s most atypical album. It marks a depart from the band roots into a rather strange territory for such a talented Thrash Metal band. If you overlook some minor flaws and are able to dig stuff that gets out of the typical Thrash sphere, in order to experiment more with a different sound and trend, then the last LP by the Swiss trio is worth your listen, and will probably satisfy you. That being said, this album marks a step down in terms of musical brilliance and songwriting in comparison to Mental Vortex, while still being a good way to finish the discography of one of the most talented and original Thrash Metal bands ever.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
facupm
July 16th 2014


7648 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

that's the last of their discography, hope you enjoyed this and this awesome band

i want new material btw

weedblunt
July 16th 2014


558 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

album rules

oltnabrick
July 16th 2014


30795 Comments


i went through this bands whole discography in 2012 but i can't remember if i liked them lol

Digging: Monte / Magntophonique - Split

weedblunt
July 16th 2014


558 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

u did

oltnabrick
July 16th 2014


30795 Comments


o nice

facupm
July 16th 2014


7648 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you should revisit their discog man best thrash band ever

gudledoodle
July 16th 2014


19 Comments


album rules \m/

ComeToDaddy
July 17th 2014


255 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album. There's a few sections where the review doesn't flow well, and a couple of spelling errors but I pos'd anyway because your points were well thought out and you deserve a pos for doing the whole discography. Nice work man

Digging: Spectral Lore - III

tempest--
July 17th 2014


13450 Comments


title track goes hard, but damn this album is just so disappointing for me, considering the quality of the rest of their discog.
will you be reviewing the self-titled compilation, facu?

RiffOClock
July 17th 2014


1049 Comments


awful

lalchimiste
July 17th 2014


257 Comments


ohhhh.. how i hated that album at first listen. I felt so betrayed as Mental Vortex is prob my favorite thrash record. Since then, it has grown on me. Pos

Digging: Nero Di Marte - Nero Di Marte

lalchimiste
July 17th 2014


257 Comments


It grooves hard though and the more I listen to it, the more I love it.
However, as you mentioned in the review, I feel some riffs and vocal pattern are too often repetitive and become tedious. I wish they would've infused more thrash (and classical) in this. Maybe on the next record, who knows!

KILL
July 17th 2014


71750 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i wl crsh my skl

Digging: Invisible - El jardin de los presentes

facupm
July 17th 2014


7648 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

when i feel like doing it

tempest now you mention it i could review that one, too but i wasnt thinking of doing that album



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