The Spanish Doomsters are back !
Two years ago, Grajo released their first album and it totally blew my mind. After a 7’ split with Orthodox, they are back with a 6-killer tracks record, evolving into their own universe. They explore new sounds, build their identity in a unique way to make music.
Mixing perfectly a fat and loud sound, thanks to the solid rhythm section composed of Pistolo and Félix, the solid riffs of Josef and the astral voice of Liz, they put a big effort on the architecture of the different tracks and offer a whole new experience. Some really heavy atmospheric parts are totally charming and the fatness of the riffs are just sick.
You can clearly feel an evolution between their first album and this one, in terms of precision of sound and of the composition. Grajo builds slowly their way into the doom/psychedelic scene and it is a real pleasure to hear from them again.
How is the sound ?
With ‘Altares’, we get back with what Grajo makes Grajo: a fat and loud riff, a beautiful voice, a solid rhythm and a rumbling bass line. As the riff starts, we are projected in a new universe, guided by the bewitching voice of Liz. They put, in this entrance song, some more chilled parts, led by a slow beat and an astonished bass sound, before hitting us again, with this loud and powerful main riff, of course.
After this remarkable introduction, Grajo takes us into a more dynamic groove with ‘Queen Cobra’. Terribly ravishing, the sound and the different sequences of this track would totally fit a road-trip into a scorching desert. The vocals match the vibe and add an impressing feeling to the whole.
Real masterpiece of this album (in my opinion), ‘Malmuerta’ is a beautiful experience, mixing a beautiful and stellar guitar sound with some mindblowing vocals. More atmospheric, this track offers awesome bass/drum/percussion parts which will send you into a parallel universe.
‘Er’ and ‘Horror and Pleasure’ follow the path traced by the precedent tracks and deliver a powerful and fulfill emotions experience. The ambiance is crushing, making us dive into different states of feelings.
‘Malstrøm’ close this second effort from Grajo, with 8 minutes of instrumental doom sound. Almost epic in some points, always fat in terms of tone, more progressive in the structure, Grajo let us speechless.
Why is this album worth listening?
- Liz’s voice gain confidence and deliver some awesome vocal parts
- Each track offers their own ambiance
- Again, all the riffs are powerful and the rhythm section support the whole in a perfect way
In what situation you should listen to this album ?
A long road trip or a chilled time after work seems great.
For Fans Of
Alunah, Windhand, Year of the Cobra, Acid King
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