Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Grst - Plague Seed

'Plague Seed'
Grst
2014

Review by Elek Malcolm-Madill

Genre/s: DSBM, Experimental Black Metal, Blackened Noise
For Fans Of: Leviathan, Blut Aus Nord, Winter Depression, Krieg, Moon, I Shalt Become
Favourite Track: Pondering the Wastes

You know what I really hate? Depressive Suicidal Black Metal albums that throw together a handful of 10-20 minute songs that all sound pretty much the same and try to pretend that Xasthur and Leviathan don't already exist. However this isn't something I found when listening to Plague Seed by Grst, who are a three-piece band with members from Austin, Texas and Eugene, Oregon. Most of the tracks are a bit lengthy (the longest being about 16 minutes) but as all sprawling DSBM greats have done, Grst manage to keep things interesting by having a clear vision of where each track is going- they're well thought out in all aspects, extremely well done, and a welcome addition to the realm of experimental black metal. Some of the old cues for a DSBM group are there, such as the tracks being described by the band themselves as "Four meditations on ruin and rage", but without all the evil-er-than-thou cheese that characterizes DSBM and Black Metal as a genre. Overall Plague Seed is DSBM done sensibly, efficiently, and with a lot of talent.

Tracklisting:
1. Plague Seed (7:15)
2. Pondering the Wastes (16:09)
3. Abandon (3:26)
4.  Wrathfully Trodden (9:47)

Total Run-time: 36:37

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