Despite MÖRK GRYNING splitting up in the first few weeks of 2005 the band decided to end their impressive career with one last album and considering the band was disjoined due to the main guitarist and vocalist, Goth Gorgon, having lost all interest in extreme metal, they’ve still managed to create a solid Black Metal album with quite an original feel.
In fact, sometimes when listening to “Mörk Gryning”, I find myself reminded of MESHUGGAH among others, regardless of the fact that this is Black Metal and well produced and rather modern sounding at that. Sure, in terms of trueness to the philosophy of the genre this is no DARKTHRONE, both in lyrics or music, but as most people don’t really bother with judging albums that way anymore, not me anyway, then we certainly have a competent, skilfully performed album worthy of attention.
And speaking of performance, technically, “Mörk Gryning” is as tight as they come. Draakh Kimera shows off speed and diversity at the same time, in rhythms and flashy fill-ins, whilst not overcrowding the sound or getting in the way of riffs or vocals. The vocals are well done too, for the most part, although go slightly over the top on a few occasions; by which I mean some of the growls are a bit… comical (see “Pure”) – it’s hard to explain but it’s not a major problem, just a personal peeve. The guitar playing matches the drumming for tightness, even if there are no showy solos to be found and in fact the bass guitar can actually be noticed and is played quite proficiently too and really shines through in some of the quieter passages.
All good really, except “Mörk Gryning” is just a bit short and although I listen to plenty of shorter albums without complaint, for some reason this just seems to need more songs or some of the tracks longer at least. The actual song material is also so good that it’s easily worthy of being lengthened out to create some more substance. 48:55 might seem reasonable but “Neverwhere”, which is a rather good cover of the AT THE GATES original, is only about 6 minutes long, which brings the album down to less than 40 minutes. But otherwise an enjoyable and satisfying final release which leaves me tempted to investigate further the other works of this renowned band. (Online May 9, 2006)