THEY GRIEVE

(CANADA)

TO WHICH I BORE WITNESS

(2022)
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AUTRE LABEL

GENRE:

DOOM

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Melancholic
"Post metal and atmospheric sludge define the identity of They Grieve, a project that has all the usual invariants: sticky despair, raging vocals, heavy ambiences and suffocating tempo..."
CHILDERIC THOR (07.03.2023)  
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A first small sign of life in 2016 and then nothing. It took almost seven years for They Grieve to finally deliver a proper full-length album. The band is reduced to a duo, built by two former members of the now defunct Alaskan. Post metal and atmospheric sludge define the identity of a project that reels off all the usual invariants: sticky despair exuding a raging vocal, heavy and severe ambiences hollowed out by polluted guitars, suffocating tempo...

There's no trace of joy in there, but on the contrary a punishing sadness that borders on a form of funereal affliction. The rare luminous velléités are constantly broken, swallowed by the terrassing magma of a depressing inexorability that takes everything away. It's an understatement to say that "To Which I Bore Witness" is capable of plunging a beautiful sunny day into a black tide, of awakening in the listener a feeling of despondency, an absolute doldrums, a gloom against which nothing can be done.

The synthesizers play a decisive role in this ocean of desolation, weaving a leaden melancholy with the taciturn sounds of a hazy piano ('Guided'). On this base on the borders of ambient drone ('Wither'), these screamed vocals freeze and ruminate all the bitter hatred of humanity, while the guitars, pointillist or massive but always trapped in an earthy crust, and the numbed percussions are in unison with this dolorous austerity.

In this dark work, it is nevertheless possible to detect a muted beauty, as illustrated by 'Weakness', vertiginous in its telluric force, a veritable bathyscaphe that gradually sinks into the bowels of infinite pain. In these funerary emotions and this sadness to the core lies the personality of the Canadians, whose post-metal, almost funeral doom, is adorned with an unbelievable dramatic power.

One doesn't come out unscathed from "To Which I Bore Witness" which stirs your guts, revives buried memories and rumbles with contemplative despair. Under the tried and tested guise of atmospheric sludge, They Grieve hybridize the raging suffering of post metal with the tragic distress of doom for a superb result of penitence and contrite beauty.
- Official website
SIMILAR BANDS:
RUSSIAN CIRCLES, ISIS, CULT OF LUNA

TRACK LISTING:
01. Wither (7:12)
02. Under the Weight (7:23)
03. If Light Should Appear (7:00)
04. To Which I Bore Witness (6:43)
05. Guided (3:18)
06. Weakness (8:01)

LINEUP:
Deniz Güvenç: Chant / Claviers / Batterie
Gary Thibert: Chant / Guitares / Basse
   
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