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Grief : ...And Man Will Become The Hunted

As far as I am aware this is the last album by Grief before they broke up. Often misunderstood and scorned, they never became as well known as Eyehategod or Crowbar (although they deserved it). The band called it quits in 2001, run down by an unforgiving music industry. The anguish and torment of all those years has been captured perfectly on this album filled with sludgy doom.

Grief has always been extreme and stands on a lonely height when it comes to the filth, pain and misery in their music. While they have "calmed down" a bit since their debut 'Dismal', this album is anything but a cute little puppy. No sir, this is still one hell of an angry, neglected, vicious and mistreated rotweiler barking out in anger. The music is painfully slow and twisted while Jeff Hayward screams out his frustrations.

But okay the music has become a little more accessible throughout the years; it can now actually really be called music and not just "pain and torture pressed on a silver disk". This mainly due to the introduction of more of a 'Sabbathish groove (if that would be an appropriate name for such a slow pace) and melody. But as said before, don't let that fool you into thinking they "mellowed out". By their gradual evolution they managed to create an album just as painful for the soul and tortured as on their debut, but a little easier on the eardrums. And that is also where their "accessible" sound ends.

What a shame that they were eventually crushed by the only thing more twisted and disturbed then their own music: the music industry and life itself. Luckily most of the Grief members have already started a new band. Lets hope it will be as brilliant as this album. For now however get this album if you don't own it yet because trust me, the pain will last! A must for all the sludge fans and fans of "slowed down death-metal" like Winter.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Predator
2. I won't Come Back
3. If the World Was Flat
4. Ostrich
5. Hurricane Jello
6. Down In the Dumps Again
7. No Escape
8. When Rotten Ideas Break Free

Duration : Approx. 49 minutes

Visit the Grief bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Aldo Quispel
Aesthetic Death
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