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In german we've got the expression "Wechselbad der Gefühle" which I'd roughly translate to "Something that offers a wide range of emotions". Gloson's Grimen does exactly that. At times it is dramatic, sad, calm, loud, groovy, gives hope and suddenly destroys it. I highly recommed using a good stereo since it is perfectly suited for the big stage (it works very well with the decent natural reverb from my living room, whereas my headphones don't do the music any favour).
You know how sometimes a riff or a song is so heavy it makes you go "oouuff"?? Well this entire album pretty much did that to me. Crushing riffs, clear mix and a lyrical tone I can dig in to. Something like Darkened-Post-Doom might describe it, either way get it.
Favorite track: Antlers.
Art of Propaganda is proud to present Gloson's highly anticipated debut album, Grimen. Earlier in 2015, Gloson's originally self-released Yearwalker EP was reissued by Art of Propaganda to widespead critical acclaim. Although post-metal might be a very millennial creation, with peaks and valleys of creativity across an expansive spectrum, Yearwalker proved that fire still rumbles down below and newcomers can still offer new twists on an oft-tired subgenre. But now, with the release of Grimen, Gloson show that not only was that EP not a fluke, but more so that powerful, poignant art can emerge from humble beginnings and that "post-metal" is merely a springboard for bolder, more daring excursions into the beyond.
In the summer of 2012 in Sweden, a group of individuals came together with a solitary goal in mind: to create dark music offset with the smallest glimmer of hope. Thus are the beginnings of Gloson. Instead of being inspired by political or religious themes, the band turned to their own personal and internal wastelands - to see what would manifest from their subconscious, writhing within this very cruel world. The first manifestation was 2014's Yearwalker. Comprising four songs in 32 minutes, Yearwalker was initially released independently by Gloson, but re-released a year later by Catatonic State in their homeland of Sweden and Art of Propaganda for all other countries. The record would garner glowing reviews worldwide, thus setting the stage for Grimen.
Gloson's life as a band begins anew with Grimen. Yearwalker already evinced the elan of veterans; Gloson's grasp of sludgy, sometimes-sinister post-metal belied their young years as a band. On Grimen, the extremes subtly suggested with Yearwalker open wider and make for an experience even more dynamic than its not-inconsiderable short-length predecessor. Glosonalready had a penchant for the epic on that EP, and stay the course on Grimen. And yet, that "course" encompasses both darkness and light - and even grey, especially - both earth-moving heaviness and sky-scraping airiness, density and drift. It's a spaciousness that was only hinted at on Yearwalker, and which blooms fully on Gloson's debut album. Within that slo-mo maelstrom, dual vocals wage narrative war, lending yet more dynamics to the band's increasingly finessed sound. This is all given robust, almost-Technicolor clarity courtesy of Cult of Luna's Magnus Lindberg, who mastered Grimen while Gloson's very own Mikael Sällström mixed it.
We are all lost
In the sea of failure
For the shores
From the vultures
Driven by hope
To maybe one day
Die with memories
Not with dreams
released February 13, 2017
All songs and lyrics written, produced and performed by Gloson.
”Grimen” was recorded between March and June 2016.
Drums recorded in Falun, Sweden, engineered by Mikael Sällström, Christine Norin and Christian Larsson.
Guitars, bass and vocals recorded at Sällström Audio, Halmstad, engineered by Mikael Sällström.
Mixed by Mikael Sällström, mastered by Magnus Lindberg Productions.
Didgeridoo on ”Antlers” performed by Samuel Frisk.
Actually first heard of this band with their song "Starless" from their forthcoming album. I was blown away with the melodic/heavy and amazing guitar work, bass, drums and vocals that took me on a journey. Most amazing and I cannot wait to hear their new album. Stefan B