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Infinite Grievance : Demo 2009/2010

Infinite Grievance delivered a well-rounded debut release.

What we have here is the initial demo from an unsigned group of Canadian Blackened Doom Metallers called Infinite Grievance out of Calgary. The first thing to make mention of is that, for a demo recording, this release has real good production quality when compared to the loads of doomy demos that I have heard in my time. A lot of those sound like they were recorded in a shack in the middle of the forest with a singular microphone. From a mixing perspective, everything is layered in a way where all instrumentation is properly audible and balanced nicely, even to the newest doomster's ears. The release is driven by a mix of fuzzy and distorted mid-tempo guitar parts which never overwhelm their respective amplifiers, yet at the same time never fail to make their presence felt. This is a good thing, I promise.

The chord progressions which are conveyed throughout are fairly reminiscent of earlier Katatonia, while the vocalist has a very strong Novembers Doom feel to his throatwork with occasional hints of Black Metal flavor. The one lowpoint I would have to point out is the noticeably unimaginative drumwork on most of the tracks, but if you can look past that you'll be better off. The third track on the release, which is called "Clouds In The Aether", is a 26 minute lesson in gloomy dark ambience with the occasional light guitar feedback and intentional noise. If you're familiar with the work of Lustmord, then this won't be too much of a surprise for you. The release closes out with a solid tribute to the band Jesu, covering the track "Transfigure" from 2007's 'Conqueror'. All in all, a well-rounded release which shows off a band who isn't afraid to space out their interests on a singular 4-track outing. Beware the frostbitten north!

Note by the admin: This first demo of the band has been re-released – minus the third track ‘Clouds In The Aether’- together with their second one under the title ’Old Year Ghost’ in 2010 by Gris Records.

Reviewer's rating: 6/10


Tracklist :
1. The Black
2. Forgotten Lives
3. Clouds In The Aether
4. Transfigure

Duration : Approx. 56 minutes

Visit the Infinite Grievance bandpage.

Reviewed on 2011-07-22 by Jon Carr
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