Label: Symbol of Domination
Released: May 2018
Buy Album: https://symbolofdomination.bandcamp.com/album/sodp109-grimorium-verum-revenant-2018
Band Website: www.grimorium-verum.ru
Band Line Up
Roma Diamond – Vocals,
Zavalny A. – Guitar, Bass, Keyboards
Uryavin A. – Keyboards(live)
1.The Born Son Of The Devil
2.The Kingdom Of The Pain
3.The March Of The Northern Kings
4.Blind Faith In Nothing
5.The Light Of Dark Father
7.The Circus Of The Dark Illusion
8.Sacred Temple Of Blood
9.The Great Serpentine Saint
10.The Resurrected On The Devil’s Hands
Russian outfit ‘Grimorium Verum’ (not to be confused with the Ecuadorian outfit of same name) has been around since 1996 (with a bit of a rest in between) and in ‘Revenant’ we have their fourth album. Named after the fraudulent magical text (as opposed to those real ones, obvs) ‘The Grimoire of Truth’ from the 18th Century, they certainly seem to have an affinity towards the esoteric. I have to confess to not having heard them before, but given their 485 Facebook likes, I’m willing to wager that plenty of other people haven’t either. Hopefully that will change.
Whilst they don’t list them amongst their influences, there is for me an undeniable influence of earlier COF here. For instance, they use a drum machine, and use it very well, but it’s incredibly reminiscent of Nicholas Barker, which is no bad thing at all.
‘Born Son of the Devil’ kicks off with a classic early COF style keyboard intro before the genre-typical metal and double-peddling (can you say that of a drum machine?) kicks in. ‘Blind Faith in Nothing’ is a track worthy of note, with some really interesting rhythmic and dynamic changes. In fact, it’s easier to mention the bits of the album that don’t work. For example, the singing sections on tracks like ‘The Good Serpentine Saint’. However, if this is the only criticism then I think that speaks volumes.
I really do like this album, not least because it reminds me of the fun bits of being a teenager, like when I bought ‘V Empire…’ with my paper-round money. There’s nothing here that anyone won’t have heard before, but it is a welcome release. It’s clever, theatrical without being histrionic, and a thoroughly enjoyable listen.