Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Grimm

Here's some early (1993) Norwegian Black Metal from Grimm. Grimm didn't exactly receive the attention of your Emperors, Mayhems, and Burzums back in the early days, perhaps because Grimm weren't actually very competent musicians and weren't engaged in any noteworthy criminal extracurricular activities. However, that doesn't mean this demo isn't worth your time. Nordisk Vinter was Grimm's only release. After a very typical intro of gurgling voices and howling winds, Grimm commence with some primal, mid-paced Black Metal not unlike early Carpathian Forest. I absolutely love Black Metal from this weird era when isolated Scandinavian teenagers fumbled and somnambulated towards the aesthetic that comprises the genre today. The last vestiges of Death Metal's influence seep through, grainy forest photos are xeroxed over and over again, and the cult is alive.

22 comments:

Gentleman said...

Grimm = basically Carpathian Forest before name change, even though the first CF demo is supposedly from '92.

Pavel said...

wow, this rules. i love the riffs, and the sound...before everything got trebled out and played on the high frets. did these dudes release anything else?

Aesop said...

Gentleman, did not know that. Makes sense.

Anonymous said...

Bring on Carpathian Forest(if youve got it) Annie this is quality !

ido said...

Will definitely enjoy this. Thanks a lot for posting these early works of Norwegian black metal. On the subject, do you have ENTHRONED's only demo, "Black Winds"? I think it is an even early recording by the same core of musicians that later became GRIMM and CARPATHIAN FOREST.

Anonymous said...

Thanks. As with your best posts, this is something I wouldn't have ever found on my own. The time, place, and primitive nature make me think of Forgotten Woods. Aesop, you're familiar with those kids, right?

Aesop said...

Forgotten Woods were a huge influence on Ludicra early on.

No on that Enthroned demo.

jabladav said...

Thanks. Always wanted to check this out. I have been playing the hell out of Burzum's "Svarte Dauen". It sounds like someone recorded someone else's boombox. So I know you will love it.

Tanners666 said...

Brilliant stuff. Will have to check out some early Forgotten Woods too, have only heard "Race of Cain".

Crankenstien said...

hi Aesop i'm not sure where your request line is but i have a couple that are a bitch to find! "Skinjob" by Hell No and that 7" by Spaceboy(x members of Bl'ast)- "spaceship/the maze". excellant blog, keep up the fine work!

Aesop said...

I don't have either of those, but perhaps your plea will be answered by one of the many fine readers here.

Po'Boy said...

Excellent usage of the Faith logo, as well.

Tymen Ferron said...

Fantastic artwork!

jabladav said...

Crank- I have the Spaceboy you are looking for. I have the actual 7" if you are interested.

shed said...

great stuff. love black metal from this time period

THRIPS said...

I found this GRIM lately, they rule too


http://downunderground.blogspot.com/2008/07/grim-getting-revenge-in-merica.html

Aesop said...

Yes, Tim Grim's Mystic Records punk band. They had a great drummer.

Crankenstien said...

upload the spaceboy on a blog please. my record player is busted.

Colin said...

Nice...really digging this.

When is the new Ludicra out?

FuneralStench said...

Yes! This is so damn good. I love me some Carpathian Forest I don't care if that makes me a "poser".

Anonymous said...

crank- go to www.jabladav.com and contact me and I will see what I can do.

ido said...

Have sought out FORGOTTEN WOODS based on the above comments. Deep, moving music. Really really love it.