GRIMLORD
Power Metal • Poland

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Polish band GRIMLORD was formed by Barth la Picard (guitars, vocals, keyboards) towards the end of 1999. For the next few years the band released a slew of demos, experienced frequent line-up changes but continued to work at their craft.

Eventually the line-up stabilized, and from 2007 Grimlord has been a trio with Orson (bass) and Lukass (drums) as additional members.

Two full length efforts were crafted by this version of the band: "Bloodrunnethover" from 2007 and "Dolce Vita Sath-an as" from 2008, the latter reissued in 2009 when Grimlord signed with Trident Harmony.

In 2012, with Ryshak on rhythm guitar and Caspero on drums, the band released its third album, V-Column.

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Bloodrunnethover
Power Metal 2007
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Dolce Vita Sath-an As
Power Metal 2008
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V-Column
Power Metal 2012

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Live in Ohlau
Power Metal 2002

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She's a Witch
Power Metal 2000
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Robactwo
Power Metal 2001
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Nocna Wizyta
Power Metal 2003
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Zacmienie
Power Metal 2005
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Beast We Are Keeping Under Cover
Power Metal 2007

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Live in Ohlau
Power Metal 2002

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GRIMLORD Dolce Vita Sath-an As

Album · 2008 · Power Metal
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Active since 1999 and with a slew of demos and a full length CDr production behind them, "Dolce Vita Sath-an as" is the official debut effort by Polish band Grimlord. And despite band and album name along with cover art indicating that this is a production that should reside somewhere in the extreme metal department, looks and associations can indeed be deceiving. The stylistic foundation for this effort is good, old fashioned power metal, with late 80's heavy metal as something of a secondary firmament.

Grimlord does attempt to create something more fanciful than just that, and have added quite a few bells and whistles to this disc. First and foremost of these are frequent use of symphonic inspired backdrops and organ, tasteful addition of wandering piano motifs and rather frequent use of the acoustic guitar to add in lighter details. Add in frequent changes in pace or overall style, recurring theme exploration and 6 instrumental tracks, and I gather most will draw the obvious association following such effects. And indeed, we are dealing with a band making an attempt at crafting progressive metal.

Superficially speaking one might even claim that this is a progressive metal effort. The central characteristics are in place on most tracks, at least in terms of compositional structure. Personally I'm of the opinion that Grimlord are on the way though, for a possible future arrival. The tempo and style changes are interesting enough, but there's just too many passages with archetypical galloping power metal riffs and drawn out leaden guitar textures supporting solo guitars for me to regard this as a wholehearted progressive metal effort. To me this aspect of the CD seems more like an embellishment, and I find Grimlord to actually succeed better in terms of crafting rich atmospheres and delivering tracks with strong momentum and energetic instrumental performance.

It is an interesting and at times intriguing venture even so, and does venture well outside the more cliched parts of the power metal territories. I do suspect power metal fans to be a core audience for this band even so, and most likely the ones belonging to that crowd that wants to check out a band that does try to stretch the limits of that genre somewhat. Promising band with a decent first official effort, with good ideas and a slightly flawed but often remarkably enjoyable execution.

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