Grey Heaven Fall - Black Wisdom review

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Band: Grey Heaven Fall
Album: Black Wisdom
Release date: October 2015

01. The Lord Is Blissful In Grief
02. Spirit Of Oppression
03. To The Doomed Sons Of Earth
04. Sanctuary Of Cut Tongues
05. Tranquillity Of The Possessed
06. That Nail In A Heart

The warmth from extreme metal can be found in the coldest of places.

Grey Heaven Fall certainly count as one of the more hellish bands I've had the pleasure to discover this year. If you were disappointed by the lack of recent Deathspell Omega material, then look no further. Wait for the night to fall upon you and blast the sophomore album by these Russians and get something extra as well. To describe them just as a black metal band would be unfair to their talents though. They really have stretched their creative abilities to the max with this particular sound. Their music also encompasses death metal and a great dose of progressive undertones.

Their blend of black and death metal is really homogenous and neither genre has the upper hand. The writhing and intricate riffs have that familiar dissonance yet they infuse it with a fantastic sense of melody. Black Wisdom is a very dark album at its core but the melodies that shine through the solos and leads are so inviting but don't make the album any more approachable because of that. They actually make the album more complex, making you want to listen to it several times to discover all the details which are easily found thanks to a great production that lets all the elements breath and have their own spotlight.

Like a true dynamic band, Grey Heaven Fall presents us a varied and meticulous songwriting. From chaotic sections that tear apart the cosmos, to calm moments filled with suspension, where the guitars take the back seat and let the bass and drums do their part, not unlike the tension found in bands like Ulcerate. This is when the band truly captivated me as their guitar solos soar through with such emotion like in the fantastic closer "That Nail In A Heart", a song that summarizes their huge potential with aggressive and catchy progressive riffs that develop into a calm yet no less complex section with tasteful and varied drumming with the aforementioned solos and melodies on top.

It's rare to find a black/death metal band that manages to be so evocative yet doesn't let that affect their otherwise abrasive and dark sound. Take yourself the time to explore this beast of an album as it might gallop through the competence like the sinister and intriguing dark horse that it is.

Rating breakdown
Performance: 9
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 8
Production: 9


Written on 28.11.2015 by An extremely lazy reviewer but he's so cute you'd forgive him for it.


Comments: 4   Visited by: 331 users
28.11.2015 - 15:22
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Nailed everything I could have said about this album. It's so finely honed and balanced, both in its influences and its creativity, but also in its aggression, melody and progressive tendencies. Seriously good album.
28.11.2015 - 18:28
I dunno. Most of the heavy stuff on this album just made me think of Paracletus, but with much more processed, clean, weak production. It's not bad, but it's just... it all feels done/like I've heard it before, except when they slow down and do those cool spacious bits or the clean bits with solos and stuff.
28.11.2015 - 23:12
Stamp Tramp
Glad other people enjoyed this as much, if not more, than I did.
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29.11.2015 - 00:03
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Will check it out , nice way of descrying it
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