Wednesday, March 21, 2018

DLP Review: "(Untitled)" by Grave Upheaval

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Back in my day, when I was a kid, we didn't have those fancy cellular phones with the Candy Crushers.

If you were lucky enough to have a video game system in your house, a single level of Pac-Man eating rectangular dots was enough to keep you entertained for hours on end.

If you didn't like one of the shows on the TV channel, you could always switch it to one of those other channels...we had a grand total of six if you include the three local channels as well as the three national channels.

Now, don't think that with our purchasing of records and the riding of the trains rather than flying on planes means that a long and flowing lamentation on what used to be is coming... because it's not. But in before we get to it all, let's talk about staring contests.

Grave Upheaval
Do you remember playing that when you were little?

Grave Upheaval is a staring contest come to life, on record.

They will slowly, painfully, and languidly play a brand of atmospheric black metal that will send you out of the waking world.

Then, when you're not watching closely, they will break into classic sounding Norwegian Black Metal.

Upon being retrieved from the unconscious world, you'll look over at them, and they'll look at you, shrug your shoulders and return to where they were.

Then you'll look the other way only to have the pistons bludgeoning you again, and you'll look back and the same thing happens.

You'll wonder if you're crazy or if Grave Upheaval is crazy. Allow me to assuage your fears of personal insanity. They are crazy and you are crazy, but in all likelihood, they are crazier than you.

This is a group of musicians, and I don't know how many, who've taken anonymity to a new level. Not only do they not title their albums in English, but they sing in some strange muttering.

Check the lyrics right? Nah, they're in some weird symbol language. So, they're not only hiding their faces, but also their message.


Release: 4/15/18
Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal
Label: Nuclear War Now

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