Grusom
II
(2018)
Crank this to 8.5 of 11
Genre:
Psychedelic rock
Sounds Like:
Dwellers, Blood Ceremony, Deep Purple
Monday, January 14, 2019
We need a road trip to Denmark, home of the famous Smørrebrød sandwich, custom brewery Alefarm in Copenhagen and some fresh heavy rock acts. Grusom, from Denmark have recently released their second album II that brings forth a new vibrant yet dark approach to psychedelic rock. Like the Smørrebrød sandwich (open-faced on rye bread, can be topped with raw herring, shrimp, hard-boiled eggs, meat, or vegetables), II is an extremely layered beast.

First off, the music on II has a very rich and warm as the dark synth-work by Peter Pørtner is the difference maker for the band. Vocalist Nicolaj Hoffmann Jul has a dramatic and clean approach, tying in well to the music.  With touches of classic Deep Purple rock and laid back All Them Witches psychedelia, Grusom have a refreshing sound.

Tracklist:
1. Beyond This Land 4:15
2. Peace of Mind 5:33
3. Skeletons 7:57
4. Vågn Op 5:28
5. Embers 6:29
6. Dead End Valley 5:53
7. Cursed From Birth 5:42

Standout Track(s)
”Skeletons” takes the cake. This track is dark, heavy and moody. “Embers” is a close second, it has an infectious Deep Purple-ish  rhythm that sticks with you.

Adult Beverage Pairing
We need to take a tour through Alefarm Brewing in Copenhagen. Their selection of craft brew sounds tremendous.

ROTATION RECAP:
Vocal Performance
8.7 of 11

Risk of Subwoofer Damage
8.2 of 11

Captivation and Variety
8.7 of 11

Weight of the Heavy
8.6 of 11

Lyrics and Song Structure
8.8 of 11

Fretwork Prowess
8.5 of 11

Overall Album Flow
8.5 of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics
8.7 of 11

Production Value
9.1 of 11

Final Thoughts:
Upon first listen, we knew there was something unique about Grusom. The synth work and vocals really set them apart as II will add welcome variety to your heavy collection.

Grusom is:
Nicolaj Hoffmann Jul – vocal
Jakob Kaae – drums
Dennis Warburg – guitar
Thomas Ulrik – guitar
Søren Olesen – bass
Peter Pørtner – Keys

Follow Grusome: Bandcamp / Facebook
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