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Grief : Torso

Grief returns for yet another slow round of nihilistic anguish with 'Torso', the pioneering Sludgemeisters' fourth full-length album. Grief continue to grow more competent and cohesive with each successive release, and 'Torso' is no exception. The songs are far more evolved than previous efforts, without having lost that caustic bite so characteristic of Grief's music.

Grief have assumed a more 'Sabbatherian template with 'Torso', which in conjunction with their natural taste for oblivion have wrought quite the atmosphere indeed. The pained textures that pervade this album can match the netherworldly intensity of most Funeral Doom releases sentiment by wretched sentiment.

'Torso' begins with 'I Hate Lucy', an instrumental whose very title evokes the band's dissatisfaction with wholesale American pop-culture, and perhaps even the world as one large unforgiving herd. Grief explores these themes further in the next track, 'Polluted': "The earth is fucked, everyone's corrupt, the system and the government suck." Such broad statements serve up the band's general ideologies quite well. The album's remaining five tracks run the lyrical gauntlet of the above themes, as well as outright depression and even drug addiction.

'Torso's apparent message of despair, distrust, and self-hatred is not necessarily for everyone, though fans of more extreme Doom will be hard-pressed to find an album as deserving a place within their discerning collections as 'Torso'.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. I Hate Lucy
2. Polluted
3. Amorphous
4. Life Can Be...
5. To Serve & Neglect
6. Beyond Waste
7. Tar

Duration : Approx. 63 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Timothy Coleman
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