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A Gruesome Find - Of Blood And Nobility (7/10) - USA - 2007

Genre: Black Metal
Label: Self-production
Playing time: 54:00
Band homepage: A Gruesome Find

Tracklist:

  1. Wretched Offspring Of Misery
  2. Into The Realm Of Darkness
  3. A Cold Night’s Empty Embrace
  4. Of Blood And Nobility
  5. Piercing Divinty’s Armor (Interlude)
  6. Among The Smouldering Remains
  7. Spiritual Art Of Necromancy
  8. Ascension Through Crimson Soil
  9. Kingdom Crusher
  10. Ominous Illusions (Piano Sonata Pt. 1)
  11. Dead March In Saul
  12. Book Of Lies (Epilogue)
A Gruesome Find - Of Blood And Nobility

On the positive side “Of Blood And Nobility” contains typical American production values. Each instrument boasts the appropriate volume, depth, and purity to create a full and warm sound. However, the release also contains ailments that commonly plague North American Black Metal. The lyrics provide such balance to the composition that when Naberius pauses he creates voids in the musical canvas that disrupt the flow and ultimately destroy each track. Furthermore, not one riff explores the dark, reflective, or introspective nature of Black Metal.

 

A GRUESOME FIND does not imitate any particular act; however, nothing of obvious originality appears within their works either. “Among the Smouldering Remains” has a SUMMONING feel in its slower passages, but nothing indicates an exact influence or homage. Blast beats, epic riffs, and controlled growls appear throughout the A.G.F. formula, but nothing on “Of Blood And Nobility” blasts beyond mediocrity. The speed isn’t amazing, the blast beats detract more than they add, and the bass lines are medieval at best. In comparison with previous works it seems that A GRUESOME FIND have fallen into a ravine from which little creativity can surface.

 

With the exception of a few solid riffs in “Ascension Through Crimson Soil” and “Into The Realm Of Darkness” (as well as a few inconsequential instrumentals) the release appears in a blur with only a few traditional bass lines protruding from its globular mass. Much harvesting went into the release (as evidenced by its cohesiveness and sound quality) but few of its fruits deliver a spread worthy of savor.  

(Online March 8, 2008)

Dustin Hathaway



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