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Mörk Gryning - Pieces Of Primal Expressionism (9/10) - Sweden - 2003

Genre: Black Metal
Label: No Fashion Records
Playing time: 51:18
Band homepage: -


  1. The Sleeping Star
  2. The Cradle Of Civilization
  3. Perpetual Dissolution
  4. Our Urn
  5. An Old Man's Lament
  6. The Worm
  7. Fragments And Pieces
  8. On The Verge Of Prime Divine
Mörk Gryning - Pieces Of Primal Expressionism
What has come obvious on their last album "Maelstrom Chaos" of the Swedish MÖRK GRYNING, finds now its continuation on their newest release. They are one of that sparse progressive Black Metal bands, which I would also incorporate bands like DIMMU BORGIR, MORGUL or ENOCHIAN CRESCENT. They prove impressing that this music can also work with some foreign genre influences.

MÖRK GRYNING show right here that their variety of ideas has no boundaries. With all melody and cool breaks, their music remains always heavy and extreme. One time they have a more dragging tempo, then they offer blast attacks, which seem unimaginable. All in all the faster passages predominate. The sound of Daniel Bergstrand is nearly perfectly brutal and demonstrates the whole power of the band. You have to point out the details and there are lot of details on "Pieces Of Primal Expressionism".

You can listen to all sorts of playful elements and it gets never boring. Maybe those, who were fans up from the beginning, will have some problems to follow the visions of the Swedish guys because this has not much in common with the pure Black Metal on former records like "Tusen År Har Gått" or even "Return Fire" of MÖRK GRYNING! They sound up to date, well, more modern! But they do also show partly their roots. I think, this growth is very exciting. The fact, that the band is more progressive does not mean that the music is hard to digest at all!

Personally, I have a lot of fun with this bottle full of ideas, riffs and melodies. And it pretty rocks! Even though not as much as the previous album! (Online August 16, 2003)

Ralf Henn

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