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GranG : GranG

This toxic wastedump of a glacier is called 'GranG' and is the result of mixing noise and a minimal amount of Esoteric into Corrupted's brand of doom/sludge. Cold, inhuman, and utterly filthy, as is how such a venture is bound end up; this release sounds like freezing to death after being locked up in the sewers.

The idea of doom/noise is one which few have attempted to put to life. Corrupted, in collaboration with Solmania, released two live tracks which can be claimed to be a pure form of doom/noise, even though the noise might be a bit too dominant. The unknown band Godgrind gave the subgenre a nice attempt, only supplementing the doom/noise with minor amounts of doom/sludge. Yet other bands, like Il Sangue, have made noise a part of their sound without fully embracing doom/noise. Thus, even if GranG hovers on the border of that subgenre with this release, I guess you take what you can if you're into it. Mostly, however, I believe that 'GranG' will appeal to those who cannot get enough of Corrupted's most extreme pieces of music. Personally, I think that Corrupted have almost suckled dry their own doom/sludge vein. Unfortunately for GranG this means that there's not much left for them to sink their teeth into. They've done a fair job in making this sound into their own, but it still feels a bit too much like 'GranG' really belongs to Corrupted.

The release came with a small cardboard card for each track, each labeled from I to IV: The one labeled I contains the image of a viper with it's lower half tied up as a noose; obviously linked to the first track. II has what looks like a centipede on it, which I guess makes it sort of connectible to the third track. III has the image of a slightly unhappy man; I guess he's been humbled. Finally, IV has the image of a man, clearly in mourning and clearly with some sort of unknown context around him, 'Rangaistuksena Elämä' seems to be the only fitting counterpart. This is all that you get as far as a booklet goes, but in my opinion that just makes the release more fascinating.

Less than 100 copies were made of 'GranG'. The label seems to be dead, the band haven't made anything since that release, and the bands Mixeri page also seems to be out cold. From these signs I'm guessing that this is the last you'll hear from the misanthropes called GranG.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
I. Kyyt
II. Nöyrtynyt
III. Syöpäläinen
IV. Rangaistuksena Elämä

I. Vipers
II. Humbled
III. Vermin
IV. Punishable life

Duration : Approx. 34 minutes.

Visit the GranG bandpage.

Reviewed on 07-06-2010 by Arnstein Petersen
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