Grimoire de Occulte - Wisdom of the Dead (CD)

Grimoire de Occulte - Wisdom of the Dead (CD)

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Now a "real band", they focused more on their death metal roots, citing respected signatures such as ANTHROPOMORPHIA, ETERNAL DARKNESS, DEAD CONGREGATION OR NECROS CHRISTOS as influences, as well as some "more obscure" ambient and ritual acts. This being said, as the five tracks (plus one intro) featured on the album will testify, there's no room here for any complex nor bizarre arrangements. Some will even probably deem GRIMOIRE DE OCCULTE as "too primitive" as their music crawls more than it obliterates. Far from saturating the listener's ears with a relentless assault, Wisdow of the Dead is doomy and creepy. Like a curse you can't really escape and that growing sense of unease when you first deal with occult forces... In the end, why run when you know that no matter what, death will welcome you in its cold arms no matter what? Hence a very stern musical approach, with repetitive riffs and growled chanting that feel like ancient incantations presiding over forbidden rites. Down to its songs' titles ('Rotten Flowers', 'Necromantic Invocation' etc.), everything on this album is set to glorify this special tie linking this world to the other. The songs are on purpose quite epic yet don't bother challenging the listeners, instead it's all about putting forth a trance-like form of aggression. The album's intro s quite revelatory as the you're feeling like stepping by mistake in some kind of hidden chamber with walls covered by magical symbols and where some ancient ritual is being conducted before the sludgy guitars of 'Below the Ground' do, indeed, take you... Somewhere else for a 44 minutes trip.


Track listing

  1. Intro
  2. Below the Ground
  3. Death (Necromantic Spell and Elder Rituals)
  4. Necromantic Invocation
  5. Rotten Flowers
  6. Tempest