Monday 23 June 2014
GGUW - Gegen Gravitation und Willensfreiheit
Review By Brayden Bagnall
Genre/s: Black Metal, Atmospheric Black Metal, DSBM
For Fans Of: Luciation, Ulver, Blut Aus Nord, Wlyve, Glossolalia
Well it wouldn't be a black metal project if it wasn't shrouded in mystery and/or death, and in the case of GGUW they've got both. With their guitarist and founding member dead by his own hand, and the rest of the band choosing to remain anonymous (either based in Brazil or Germany), it's pretty tricky to get more information on this band. Ah well.
Onto the music though. GGUW are bit hard to put my finger on. On the first (untitled) track of this release, they play a pretty repetitious style of atmospheric black metal, that winds it's way in between inhumane, animalistic howls and depressing ambience. Yet, on the second track they go for a more straightforward, almost bestial style with slightly more sinister, less melodramtic vocals. The EP's closer however sees them merge the two styles in a mournful yet aggressive track.
I did thoroughly enjoy all aspects of Gegen Gravitation Und Willensfreiheit, especially the strangely uplifting guitar work on the first track. The only real downside to this would be it's short length, and given the fact that the main member has passed away, I'm doubting we'll see anymore material from this project. Despite that, you're left with a very pleasing taster of a band that could've had a very promising future.