grim love TAPE
Label: Wooaaargh

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Grim Van Doom are a sludge four-piece from Wuppertal in Germany that have been together since 2011 and the band released a split EP with LLNN in 2014 to a fairly good response. Grim Love is their first full album release and is 8 tracks of low-tuned, mid-tempo sludge in the same mould as Crowbar.

Never judge a book by its cover, or a band by their name, but by naming your band Grim Van Doom potential listeners are bound to have a preconception of what you’ll have to offer them. This is definitely grim music and it is kinda doomy.

Grim Love is exactly what you’d expect from a sludge metal band; furious, muddy and ugly. The vocals are angry and raw as all hell, the guitars are down-tuned and riffy, and the bass and the drums thunder and thump on. The main problem with this début is that it only does what you’d expect and not much more. The vocals rarely change from being anything other than raspy hardcore growls, the guitars are heavy but maintain basically the same tone throughout the majority of the 40 minute running time, the bass is lost in the thick mix and, yeah, the drums may be pounding but are mostly uninspired.

That all sounds a bit harsh, I do like this album but it would without doubt benefit from a bit of variety in its delivery and in pace. What Grim Van Doom do well is provide a near constant supply of hatred-fuelled, mid-tempo grooves to get your head banging and they do this right from the first note of opener Goddamn This Love. This song, along with Butchr, sum up the album as a whole reasonably well – basic in structure, hardly ground-breaking but roaringly heavy and uncompromising.

One of the other highlights on the album is The Storm, which has a brief section that lightens things up a bit, an atmospheric and groovy bass and drum breakdown (finally, you can hear the bass beyond a rumble!) and offers up one of the few moments that shifts the tone and tempo.

Grim Love isn’t an album of intricacies and nuance; it’s cumbersome and heavy handed. What it does well is to serve one purpose and that’s to unsubtly steamroller everything in its path. There are few if any surprises in store and although Grim Van Doom aren’t doing anything new and exciting within sludge this is a fairly good genre release. A decent début album that lacks that little bit extra that would allow Grim Van Doom to stand with their peers.

This item is tagged as:
  • doom
  • sludge

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