Tuesday 24 April 2018

Grift - Vilsna Andars Boning 7"


1. Bortom Berget
2. Dårarnas Massiv 

I think my current level of tiredness is doing strange things to me, as I've not been sleeping all that well and I've been having some bizarre and vivid dreams. The dreams have nothing to do with this post except that if I could set them to music, they'd be even more bewildering. Maybe that's what drew me to Swedish black metal/folk entity Grift. This brand new 7" has only recently been released via compatriot label Nordvis Produktion. Sole member Erik Gärdefors formed Grift in 2011 and has since released a number of EPs, splits and two full-length records. 

EP opener Bortom Berget does not seem to sit within the vein of black metal at all, initially. It bristles with the soothing sounds of Swedish folk with Erik’s cleanly sung vocals, presented in native tongue. It is Metal Archives that describes Grift as a black metal band and while that may have been the case for the band’s earlier recordings, “Vilsna Andars Boning” feels like a natural progression towards music that is true to Grift’s roots and heritage. 

Dårarnas Massiv is equally as calming and majestic. Erik’s deep vocals sound authoritative and powerful, while the instrumentation stokes the fires of your soul with gentle melody and subtle yet upbeat melancholy. Talking as i was in my opening paragraph about the vivid dreams I’ve been having of late, this EP conjures up nice images through it’s music and buries itself subconsciously to help clear my head. We all need some kind of salvation and escape from both our conscious and unconscious minds. “Vilsna Andars Boning” is that salvation.

You can stream and buy the EP digitally below:-

Physical copies of the 7" are still available to purchase via Nordvis Produktion here - https://nordvis.bandcamp.com/merch

Nordvis Produktion - https://www.facebook.com/nordvis

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