March 13, 2015
Release length: 46:24
Download your copy of Solemn • Sacred • Severe HERE.
If you haven’t heard the works of Sweden’s recently split-up Griftegård, consider yourself out of touch with the doom metal community. This five-piece act (a four-piece at the time of recording this effort) dragged listener’s kicking and screaming into the brooding and epic landscapes the likes of Cathedral, While Heaven Wept, and My Dying Bride have created over the years. The trudging pace is complimented by a warm and hazy atmosphere that builds up a fantastical realm of ritualism, religion, and hatred fuelled lyrical backdrops. Often as poetic as an Edgar Allan Poe tale, and equally as eerie, Solemn • Sacred • Severe takes it’s time to mesmerize you across the six miserable recordings that last just beyond forty-six minutes.
And now you can hear this beautiful recording the way it was meant to be heard once more. Nachtgnosis Records initially ran the album in vinyl format back in 2009, but the label has just made the release available once more through their Bandcamp page in two variants. Alongside the digital release, you can pick up a twelve-inch black vinyl, limited to five hundred pressed, or red collector’s edition with a much smaller run, limited to only two hundred pressed. If you missed out on experiencing this Swedish act’s interpretation of the morose, yet passionately melancholic world of UK inspired doom metal, there’s no better time than now to add this to your collection. Of course, if you’re still unsure, check out the Bandcamp stream above and get ready to be transported to the rain slick precipices of olden times…