Reviewer: Greg Watson
Another solo black metal project...seems to be the new trend these days. Rimthurs album 'Gravskrift' is a very interesting and complex beast. While it begins innocuously enough with the traditional "angry bees" guitar sound, it quickly becomes evident that this is going to be anything from your standard black metal. The varying layers that are woven into an incredible musical tapestry alone make this album very fascinating but then when you throw in the varying pace and vocal delivery and top it off with some really cool lyrics, you just begin to see the scope of what Rimthurs is trying to achieve with this release. This is not an album that you can listen to once and glean every nuance from, this will require multiple listens to be able to really grasp everything that the album is meant to be. I have already listened to this one through several times and continually find myself discovering layers that were previously missed. The sheer creativity on this album makes this release something unique and incredible and worth the time to listen to. If you are a fan of so called "trve" black metal, don't waste your time with this because you won't be able to appreciate what Rimthurs is doing here. However, if you are open to black metal that deviates from the traditional somewhat and like exploring an album and all it has to offer, you won't be disappointed with this one at all.
About this Writer:Greg Watson
// Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.