Friday, August 20, 2010

The Black Gate Is Closed

Another essential early Swedish Death demo. Grotesque were from Gothenburg and weren't content with the cro-magnon bludgeon of the Stockholm kids, Grotesque wanted to create their own brand of brutal, more precise and thrashing. I want to keep this concise so I won't bother with going into great deal about how influential the various members of Grotesque went on to be. Just get to listening.

8 comments:

pavel said...

grotesque was the shit. i've heard a bit of their stuff but am definitely DL-ing this. the swedish black/death is where it's at. thanks as always.

stale farts said...

Some of that old school Swedish death metal hells yeah.

Owen said...

It could be noted that they put out a split with a band called At the Gates among other things.

Grk! said...

Well, Grotesque had a 12" EP out, then split up, then At the Gates made a demo which became another 12" EP, which was later compiled with the Grotesque EP & some other tracks by the Dolores label. And it was all killer.

Anonymous said...

Owen- You are correct! IT was the "Embrace of Evil". ATG re-released it with the "Gardens of Grief" Thanks as always AESOP!

Rowboat said...

Cover art appropriated from Tolkien's illustration of a *different* gate, classy. I'll be checking this out.

Clint B said...

Bad ass.

LeechFarm said...

This tape rips ... I wish this had been the LOTR OST.