Review by JD on January 5, 2009.
I have been hearing quite a few great albums over the last few months... and a few less that stellar ones over the same amount of time. Getting the likes of the band GraVil to review, made my year in a heartbeat... and reminded me why I love doing this stuff in the first place, and why I love metal.
Having only two members in it, projects like this can either be very good... or could end up stinking like month old roadkill in the middle of summer. By the smile (you cant see) that is planted firmly on my ugly mug, I can tell you that I have every time I listen to this disk... this is not dead skunk in any way... but a metal sized wake-up call to arms.
They posses this sort of X-factor type of raw talent that captures your interest, while the intelligence that goes with the combination of these two men shows that they are truly potent as all hell. When dazzling talent mixes with a seemingly totally different type of great talent, you suddenly understand that such an astonishing hybrid sound that cannot be ignored for long... you end up seeing that this can only end up revolutionizing everything.
There are so many things that make up the sound of GraVil. There is time changes, amalgamation of musical diversity that spans so many genres of Metal and then top it all off with these strong aggression infused vocals that pound out that end up making GraVil that sort of band that can be truly described as impressive as hell. They just don't follow any trend... they make their own and just dare you to follow them and their vision of metallic precision.
I don't follow trends, and never really have, but I will make a exception with a smile. For those people who also never follow the pack either, a small bit of advice. GraVil is worth following, without losing who you are. They have proven to be individual in a metal landscape that needs leaders.
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Rating: 8.8 out of 10