Echoing from the darkened wood, the roots begin to stir, writhing as the noise vibrates through the air and earth. Two black-clad figures drift and shift between the bark wrapped land, howling to the sky as the summon the forces of nature to thrum with them. The oaken-faced wraiths return once more to wail with the wind and tremor the earth.
I was excited when I saw my siberian brethren unleashing another sundering album and I am even more ecstatic at how wondrous it turned out. Grima, who is no stranger to my site, has always impressed me and captivated me with their sound so Rotten Garden just furthers that love for this enigmatic pair.
I gotta say, Cedar and Owls was a phenomenal choice to pick as the first track, laying the ground work ahead for what this album exudes. Mourning Comes at Sunset follows and may seem simple at first however it grows into a stunning track as it progresses with synergistic work between the vocals, guitar, and drums. Next is our showcase track, At The Foot of the Red Mountains. I was already fond of the track name from my days of wandering the ashen lands of Morrowind with the Red Mountain looming in distance. Upon listening to it though I was hooked as the accordian began to dance and lure me, pulling me further into the haunted timbers of the taiga. Old Oak sweeps in behind and is the perfect choice after such an astounding track with it's atmospheric tune. Rotten Garden begins somberly afterward, building into a phenomenally long track (which I am always a sucker for) and rightfully so since it is the title piece. I can tell they put a lot of love and work into this album solely by this track alone. Now, I am not sure why this keeps happening yet when I saw the name Grom for the track title I thought it was familiar. Ironic moreso since I started play WoW once again (though Grom Hellscream seems forgotten to most). I really dig this track and it gets better with every listen as it echoes from the caves and awakens calderas. Lastly, and my third time owning the track, we have Devotion to Lord. Now, I am still a huge fan of the original release of this track however I like to hear it on occasion to remind me of the work and effort Grima has endured to build these albums.
Rotten Garden stirs that old earthen soul of mine and beckons me to bellow out across the mountains and ice, to call to the spirits and beasts that listen, to those that hear the songs of the earth. Here's to Grima and one hell of a metal monday! l,,l
THE MAD BARRON
The Source Of The Metal