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GROMS : Ascension

This old Norwegian band seems to have just disappeared mystically before the re-release of this album by Pleitgeiter Records in 1996. The CD was originally released by Arctic Serenades Records, but since GROMS is a Christian band and the man behind Arctic Serenades Records is strictly anti-christian, they never became very good friends. This might also be the reason that the rumoured second album, called 'I Beseech Thee' never saw the light.

Before I describe the music I'd like to point out a few other interesting facts about this four-piece band. The name of the band has two meanings. 'Groms' is a Norwegian word for 'murk', which reflects to the filthy feeling of the early 90's death metal influences. But the name GROMS is also an abbreviation for 'God Rules Over My Soul'. If there was ever any doubts that these guys are actual believers, that should eliminate it.

But now, the music. This is basically death metal slowed down to a doomy pace. A lesser Black Sabbath influence can also be heard in the doomy riffage. Actually, despite being more interesting for Winter's or diSEMBOWELMENT's fanbase, the doom in the music lies closer to the mid-paced doom rock riffage, than the slow and crushing, or melancholic doom that is often associated with doom/death.

Honestly, one of the closest sounding bands would be Crowbar. This might seem odd, but the aggressive attitude and sometimes almost sludgy feeling of the music does give you quite a few associations with them. In addition to this you can expect influences from the older death metal scene as well. This includes blast beats, dark grunts and the more than occasional up-tempo section. Actually some songs are mainly death metal rather than doom metal.

Well, my verdict is that it's a shame that these guys have split and that none of the band members seems to have continued in any other band. But on the other hand the one CD they did produce is definitely a well placed sledgehammer aiming for the heads of all the just as hateful anti-Christian bands. Say what you want about Christians, but these guys were definitely prepared to bite back just as fierce. This is a rarity. If you like doom/death and find this CD anywhere, don't miss out on the chance.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Ascension
2. From Dust To Dust
3. True Wisdom
4. The Riddle
5. Truth Misunderstood
6. No One
7. The End Of The Age
8. The Voice Of Righteousness
9. The Just Shall Live By Faith (bonus track)

Duration : Approx. 41 minutes

Visit the GROMS bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-2005 by Arnstein Petersen
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