BEHEMOTH — Grom (review)

BEHEMOTH — Grom album cover Album · 1996 · Black Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
3/5 ·
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"Grom" is the 2nd full-length studio album by Polish black/death metal act Behemoth. The album was released through Solistitium/Atratus Music in 1996.

"Grom" pretty much continues the raw yet melodic and varied black metal style from the debut album "Sventevith (Storming Near the Baltic) (1995)". Everything is just a notch better on "Grom" compared to the debut. The sound production is more powerful (yet still a bit amaturish), the musicianship is much better (especially the drums are better played than the case was on the debut) and above all the tracks are better composed. We´re not talking a revelation here, and it´s obvious that the band were still struggling to find an identity at this point in their career, but it´s definitely an improvement. The vocals on the album are mostly raspy but there are both male and female clean vocals too. None of the clean vocals on the album are very impressive though. In addition the raw black metal attack (which is at times very influenced by the blackened thrash metal scene of the eighties) there are also acoustic parts and some folky elements too.

"Grom" is better than I expected after listening to "Sventevith (Storming Near the Baltic) (1995)", but it´s still not an album that is able to captivate me much. The band would turn towards blackened death metal on their next release, which would also showcase a more mature and slightly more original sound. Had they continued down the black metal path they tread on both "Grom" and on "Sventevith (Storming Near the Baltic) (1995)" I´m not sure they would have experienced as much success as they did later in their career. A 2.5 - 3 star (55%) rating is deserved.
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