Gloomy Grim are a band from Finland that has been around for over 20 years and plays a symphonic form of horror black metal and this is a review of their 2016 album "The Age Of Aquaris" which was released as a joint effort between Satanath Records and Murdher Records.
A very symphonic yet heavy sound starts off the album and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording and the vocals are done in a very grim yet deep style of black metal screams while also getting high pitched at times and the solos and leads the band utilizes are done in a very melodic fashion.
When the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the riffs also use a decent amount of melody and classical guitars along with melodic chants are added into certain sections of the recording and when growls are utilized they bring in a touch of death metal while some of the riffs also bring in elements of thrash and there is also a brief use of clean playing as the album progresses and the album closes with an instrumental keyboard track.
Gloomy Grim creates another recording that remains true to the symphonic style of black metal that was established on previous recordings, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Luciferian, Thelemea, Left Hand Path and Occultism themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Gloomy Grim and if you are a fan of symphonic black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Rise Of The Great Beast" "A Lady in White" "The Shameful Kiss" and "Light Of Lucifer Shine On Me". 8 out of 10.