- Band / Artist Grimmortal
- Genre Deathcore
- Label Independent
- Year 2013
- Format Album
Grimmortal from Mumbai, Maharashtra have finally debuted their first full length to much anticipation. Titled “Execrating Normality” and comprising of 7 tracks worth ruining your neck and spine over, the album clocks at a little over half an hour. The album has been produced, engineered, mixed & mastered by Nikhil Singh. Grimmortal is Prateek Keni (bass), Rahul Nair (vocals), Nikant Sharma and Elvis de Omen (guitars) and Emmanuel(drums). “Execrating Normality” is an amalgamation of grind, groove and hardcore and is a fine tuned example of a debut done right. Almost.
“Execrating Normality” boasts of some solid groovy sections and memorable moments. Right off the bat, the production pricks your ears too; though the band has mixed bag of fresh (read: original) goodies to offer, the production does accomplish commendable much given the crispness of the bass notes or the hard hitting slam-death styled drumming; sample second track “Abomination” for this. Mark 2:35 on this track also bears testimony to the bands knack for a little electronica/dub. “Tormented” is a personal favourite of the album, particularly because of the up-tempo breakdown it boasts of. “Pantomime” is where drummer Emmanuel shines the most, the interspersed clean melody lines and hardcore chugging complement each other well enough to be a formula prevalent throughout almost all the tracks, however inciting very little to no monotony. The pig squeal is another mainstay on the tracks and while at some points it rounds off the track in a fantastic manner e.g., “Tormented”, it does get a little bit predictable towards the end.
Grimmortal does little to hide the mockery with which they perceive the world around them and this ethic is best showcased in tracks like “Revolution” and “Why so Emo?”. Dexterity and maturity is present in spades and the band stays very much true to it's influences with the groove stylings of the likes of Lamb Of God combined with nuances from contemporary metal sub-genres. Monotony, if not completely absent, would still be hard to pinpoint when it comes to “Execrating Normality”, because when a band churns out bone-crushing numbers such as “Tormented” and “Why so Emo?” and round the album off with a track like “Fatality”, it is hard to find fault. “Refrag” although not the meanest track on the album, depicts the bands mature song writing skills, sparking the visualization of a Savage Messiah gloating his victory over the evils of a hopelessly brainwashed society.
“Execrating Normality” is not an album that plainly emulating Deathcore norms, it goes much beyond that. While the album bears all the tell signs of a nascent band, the conviction and dedication and no-nonsense ethic is very much evident from the strong structuring of the tracks. The compositions may not be the most complex ones or the most innovative ones but they are definitely thought provoking. Having caught the band live and being a witness to their presence on-stage massacre, it is safe to say that they have very much successfully captured the raw pulsating aggression with which they command mortifying headbang frenzies among the audience. Seven tracks spewing pure hate, condescending the commonly treaded social paths and empowering the stoicism of a generation that wears it's heart on it's sleeve.
Pros: Sick grooves and blood-curdling squeals.
Cons: One too many pig squeals spoil the broth.
Unrelenting, impressive first effort.
Arkadeep Deb, as of now is a 20 year old engineering student from Kolkata. When he’s not harmlessly trolling around or watching Two and a Half Men re-runs, he dabbles in all-things-Metal, Photography, Songwriting, Reviews, you name it. While building up his chops in guitar/ vocals as we speak, he’s doing his utmost to represent the genre he loves, protesting social-stereotyping and pigeon-holing of its followers and lending a patient ear to the beloved underground. His first tryst with Metal was 5 years ago, when one fateful day he popped a bootleg SLIPKNOT: SUBLIMINAL VERSES and LAMB OF GOD: ASHES OF THE WAKE split-record in the cd-tray. There has been no looking back ever-since.
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