Gru
Cosmogenesis


4.0
excellent

Review

by LoneWanderer USER (8 Reviews)
April 4th, 2012 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: As another name is added to the growing tally of solo instrumental albums, Gruszka’s Cosmogenesis possesses enough brilliance to trounce some of the biggest names on the list.

Having your name well established in any musical circle is a pretty daunting task. And when that name has as many consonants as “Piotrek Gruszka” the odds don’t look so good. So, in order to go about making himself unforgettable in the metal circles, Gruszka took on the more easily pronounceable moniker “Gru” and quietly released the fantastic “Cosmogenesis” in 2010.

While the moniker is in itself pretty ordinary, the album most certainly isn’t. Cosmogenesis’ thirty four minute playtime contains some of the most incredible guitar playing ever put into recording. While nothing done here is groundbreaking in anyway, the composition and execution of the material is exemplary. While Gruszka does incorporate djent elements into his songwriting, the album is mainly based in the progressive vein of instrumental metal.

The precise use of synths contributes heavily to the catchy nature of the sound and this enhances the playback value of the album. This is of considerable importance in an instrumental album which by its very homogenous nature can tend to get stale very quickly. Songs also tend to slow down and evolve with a sense of purpose rather than dissolve into random passages of senseless shredding. Of course, the blazing sections of Cosmogenesis are also extant and amply portray Gruszka’a technical prowess in an apt manner.

Cosmogenesis seeks to impart the spacey dynamics of the cosmos much in the way The Contortionist did with “Exoplanet”. The riff that restarts the tiny interlude in the middle of the album opener “Nebula” is very much reminiscent of The Contortionist. Influences from “Animals As Leaders” are also evident in the intro to “Stellar” and one can also pick up Ben Sharp’s sound at certain points in “Zeta Reticuli”. Gruszka’s strength lies in infusing this collage of influences with his own signature and producing a sound that is enjoyably unique.

Gruszka also manages to harness his songs with an excellent guitar tone and backs it all up with an incredible production that describes clear drum beats and coherent background synth. All in all, “Cosmogenesis” ticks enough boxes to make it deemed worthy to be named alongside some of the biggest names in the instrumental metal genre today.

Rating:4.0/5.0



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LoneWanderer
April 4th 2012


182 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0



Track 2:"Nebula"



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txawgXwqVy4



Alright then...let the comments begin!

Thor
April 4th 2012


10281 Comments


In before Obscura sues.

sifFlammable
April 4th 2012


2741 Comments


that album name is rly getting trite

Evreaia
April 4th 2012


5140 Comments


Why did you ad the album again to the library?

Piotrek Gruszka is the real name, his stage name (as were this album alreayd could be found) is Gru.

http://www.sputnikmusic.com/bands/Gru/25486/

MO
April 4th 2012


22827 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album rules



LoneWanderer
April 4th 2012


182 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow...I didn't know this was entered under Gru...Cosmogenesis under Piotrek Gruszka was already entered into the database. I just added the review when I searched for the artist's full name...

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 4th 2012


8640 Comments


Good review, pos.


Animals and Leaders Animals and Leaders

make it: Animals As Leaders

Digging: Nightfear (ESP) - Apocalypse

LoneWanderer
April 4th 2012


182 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Voivod



Thanks for that...I should stop writing reviews at two in the morning..: ]



@CaptainDooRight



Right. That's cool...I'll be more careful about this in the future.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 4th 2012


8640 Comments


Band pages have been merged.

I will probably change the band name to the artist's full name.

Evreaia
April 4th 2012


5140 Comments


Wouldn't do that, as his stage name (or the name under which he operates) is Gru.

Eclecticist
April 4th 2012


3863 Comments


sick album

Dmax28
March 1st 2017


749 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

One of the greatest albums ever made right here. Pure heaven. My friend took me on a drive flying around a rural road a few days ago and I revisited this for the first time in probably a year in a half. I don't know if I've ever metaled as hard as I did that day. Highly technical, but tasty and flowing bliss.

Dunpeal
June 3rd 2019


4322 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I can't say enough good things about this album. If you enjoy the classic 80's guitar shred style, this is the album for you. I'm hoping Gru is planning a follow up to this, even if I can't imagine him topping this.

Digging: Xenobiotic - Mordrake

DamnVanne
June 3rd 2019


3278 Comments


Certainly he’s been drafted by a djenty band by now, right?

Dunpeal
February 10th 2020


4322 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I don't think so. There is very little info on this dude. He seems somewhat active on his FB. You can ping him there if you wish. I ditched my FB like 10 yrs ago.



www.facebook.com/pages/Gru/121365784602589

Dmax28
February 10th 2020


749 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Seems like the guy made one monumental album and mic dropped the heck outta there haha.

He still does guest spots on Widek albums... But it's not enough!

parksungjoon
February 10th 2020


12292 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah its good shit

Dunpeal
February 11th 2020


4322 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"Seems like the guy made one monumental album and mic dropped the heck outta there haha.



He still does guest spots on Widek albums... But it's not enough!"





correct on both counts :3



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