[pullquote align=”normal” cite=”From Roadburn’s presentation of Abysmal Grief”]When it comes to occult / horror sources – both musical and literary – Abysmal Grief is not only indebted to their Italian forefathers, but they also draw heavily upon classic goth rock. By adding a dark, scary and even theatrical twist, they create something utterly unique. It’s the eerie guitar tone and spooky keyboards that add an unparalleled layer of creepiness, recalling both dark, occult rites and the aforementioned Giallo cinematic frighteners.[/pullquote]
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Italy’s Abysmal Grief have a firm grip on the dark and the scary.
They can play a grippingly sad doom with tinges of gothic rock – but they also transgress into territories usually not associated with the slow-moving, funeral-fitting genres, using up-tempo parts to great advantage as well as mixing in parts that could be originating from inside the great vault of rock history somewhere in-between The Doors and Rammstein.
Bass and drumps keep a tight rein on the basic structure of the tracks, but without turning into a machine of inorganic nothingness. On top of this is layered riffs of leaden heaviness, vocals of goth, keyboards of grief, and solos of soul-grabbing quality. And they have that raw, unpolished guitar-sound that to me is equal to the cutting-edge metal of the 80s.
Overall, there’s a genuine cinematic feel to the music, and what is really riveting – apart from the deep, dark, gothic feel – is the immense emotional reach and diversity, most of it fueled by the keyboard in subtle ways, but of course supported by the general musical outpouring.
Abysmal Grief create a doom that is much more 3-dimensional than most – the world is definitely a grim place, but there are so many kinds of grim that you have to attack the grimness in different ways to expose it in full.
[pullquote align=”normal” cite=”From an interview by Mirgilus Siculorum”]We take a very deep inspiration from the strong superstitious culture developed under the sinister shadow of the Christian cross here in Italy. The subject of Death or Afterlife here was always connected to something frightful and punitive, always used to submit and control the minds of ignorant catholic people. I start from “their” fears to humiliate, scorn and mock the failure human beings.[/pullquote]
(Oh – and do yourself the favor and check out The Necromass, Always They Answer, from their 2007 self-titled album… not the least the incredible electro-pop-like ending of the track, a track that definitely highlights what the band is all about)
Abysmal Grief is yet another testament to the great inventiveness of the contemporary Italian scene, and should be a (downhearted) delight on stage at Roadburn.
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|Exsequia Occulta||EP (2000)|
|Abysmal Grief||LP (2007)|
|The Samhain Feast||single (2009)|
|Celebrate What They Fear||single (2012)|
|Strange Rites Of Evil||LP (2015)|
Interview quote from Mirgilus Siculorum