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Sweden's Gloson arrive like a breath of a fresh air in the crowded Sludge/Post-Metal genre.



Gloson are a five piece Swedish Atmospheric Sludge/Post-Metal band formed in 2014. To date they have had one acclaimed EP release in 2014 entitled 'Yearwalker', and after that was reissued in 2015 they have steadily been laying down the foundations for 'Grimen': the latest offering from Gloson. It is a album that opens the band's creativity to an even wider platform.

‘Prowler’ starts off at a great pace with high tempo and rhythmic guitars. The drums are full in your face and are matched by torturing vocals. I like the use of the backing vocals in this song. They're really used well, and add so much more to the feeling of the song. This is just the first song but the use of different melodies and the way they combine and break down structures is well thought out. Subtle guitar notes come in and play around with your ears, quietly building to a bleak horizon. Seeing this band live would be a must - and one that I intend to do asap.

‘Fabulist’ starts in the same vein. Gloson carry a lot of weight in their songs. Powerful stuff indeed. Samuel Karlsson on drums is a highlight and he really drives each song along. The sound of the drums is really good and they have a nice punchy deep tone to them.

‘Antlers’ welcomes us in with clean guitar and a didgeridoo type effect. The vocals this time are a mixture of clean and growls. It has a quieter feel to it but still explodes to life throughout. The use of wah on guitar is effective and gives directional changes to the atmospheric nature of this beast. We then transcend into beautifully crafted melodies and guitar lead fills.

‘Cringe’ is a noteworthy and standout track on this album. The second half of this album is shaping up to be more melodic. Chanting vocals burrow deep into your mind leaving you wandering and lost. The bass cuts loose in this song: muddy and unwavering it pounds out its own rhythm. Riffs galore and they keep on coming. Superb track, and the structure leaves you wanting it to go on forever.

The last and longest track is ‘Embodiment’ which shows the band's potential to change between tempos and structures. Some parts almost remind of Anathema's type of feeling: that driven force of rhythm.

This album deserves a lot of spins and plenty of credit. It's one of my favourite releases in a while. I would highly recommend this as a fresh breath of air in a genre already full to the brim.


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Reviewer's rating: 9/10

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Tracklist :
1. Prowler
2. Fabulist
3. Antlers
4. Cringe
5. Specter
6. Embodiment

Duration : Approx. 50 minutes

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Reviewed on 2017-03-13 by Riccardo Veronese
Vanha - Black Lion
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