Huge thanks to Martyn Coppack from Echoes & Dust for his awesome review:
Svendborg, Denmark is probably the last place you may think of when faced with a band who play a particularly dark version of stoner rock with more than a little inflection of The Doors. The desert of California probably feels more like its natural home and the music that has permeated from such an environment saturates this debut album from six piece band, Grusom. Interestingly it doesn’t become overbearing though, and there is a certain European “other”, which sets this band apart from its obvious influences.
There seems to be something of a ripple in Europe of bands peddling this sort of classic stoner rock and maybe it’s a generational thing as the age old task of rifling through your parents record collection has now resulted in bands such as Kyuss being found rather than the usual Fab Four or The Stones. Maybe it’s a lot to do with the internet, which then throws up another dichotomy, as music this raw surely resides in a pre-internet society. Either way, for music lovers, now has never been a better time to be alive.
Grusom had already caused a bit of a stir when they posted a three track demo up on Bandcamp and those songs are now recorded in their full glory along with the rest of the album. We now have the pleasure of hearing the full concept in all its gruesome glory as the band throw out riff after riff whilst backing it up with the dark, soulful vocals. It’s remarkably fresh too given the nature of the music and it’s nigh on impossible not to enjoy what you are listening too.
Highlights are plentiful with ‘Come Closer’, ‘No Gods’ and a rather exciting ‘Evil’ shining through. It’s an album to get lost in too as guitar solos wind into soulful interludes, all the time leading you down various paths of introspection and full on rocking. They cleverly know when to cut loose and when to hold back which is no mean feat given they are still on their debut album and at times sound like a band older than their years.
It’s not all perfect though and Grusom do tend to get a little lost now and again. Earnestness takes over sometimes and the music errs on the slightly derivative. That is until another organ flourish lifts up the music once again and we rouse our hearts for another onslaught of stoner goodness.
Grusom could be ones to watch. They have made an album which hits all the right spots and can sit well with other albums in its genre. They have the added bonus of organs and darkness on their side, which sets them apart from some of their contemporaries and this could stand them good in the long run. Catch them on an afternoon festival slot soon as they may soon find themselves moving up the bill on the basis of this album and we all like to say we saw them first. Good stuff.
Get the album here.