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GRENOUER
GRENOUER
Border Of Misty Times
(Metalism Records)
34:35min

Heavy technical Death Metal from the Ural mountain range, reminiscent of the glory days of Euro Death Metal. Bands like PESTILENCE ("Testimony" era), LOUDBLAST, FLESHCRAWL and similar acts. Mixing these assaults together with inspired melodic pieces interwoven throughout that Chuck Schuldiner (R.I.P.) of DEATH might even nod his decayed head in agreement too at the perplexity and precision in delivery of, from his casket. "Border Of Misty Times" has with it one of the strongest recordings music-wise, a truly astounding level of production. Several beers should be bought for Arkady of Navahohul Studios for his skills in salvaging what he could behind the mixer of this band's original 1996 recording, redone in 2004. My only complaint within this CD is the actual recording of the vocals, they are way too low in the mix, a complaint that may be lodged at the original recording engineer, as in every song you can just barely hear what all is going on and the vocals rarely get past the audible stage. A real shame, as vocalist Andrey Ind has one of the better voices within this style, a real distinct and memorable set of lungs and a mind to know how to use them. Exceptional guitar work, drumming and bass playing accompany these great vocals, as well as intelligent lyrics, written in English and that span the gambit of creativity. A real crime that GRENOUER had to come from the Ural mountains and not from somewhere more Western friendly. As to have such musical professionalism in a band, at that time and with song structures that are as excellent as they are here and strong, and have them completely wasted on an unknown company by the name of Metal Agen Records, the original company who put this disc out, now that is a fucking travesty! GRENOUER ought to have been picked up by a major label with a multi-album deal when this CD was new! Hello Nuclear Blast. Can you hear me? Contact: grenouer@gmail.com or www.grenouer.com

Wes Rhodes

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