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Part Man. Part Beast, Part Dragon
Released: 2017, Indie
Back in March 2016, almost a year ago to the day, I wrote a review for the debut, indie EP of a band called Grimgotts. It was called HERE BE DRAGONLORDS and I quite liked it. We kept in touch and since then they have released two more EP’s so to get caught up as it were, I’m going to do a quick review both of them this month.
It is almost essential that you read my review of the first two Grimgotts EP’s before tackling this review. I still can’t quite wrap my head around why this fine band put out three EP’s in a years span instead of one album. I feel like I’m writing the same review three times, because very little has changed in terms of sound and delivery. The cover art (much better than last time) is disturbing for a number of reasons but fits perfectly with the band sense of humour.
One thing that has changed is there are more line-up changes. Starting as a trio then evolving into a quartet, the tribe of troubadours has grown again and now five of the merry minstrels roam the land. I can only imagine how big the band will be in a few years! In terms of sonic delivery, all is well in the land of Grimgotts they blaze a trail of folk-infused, celtic-inspired Metal with epic flair and symphonic inlfunces. Imagine a slightly less hyper version of Sweden’s Twilight Force blended with the cool folk styling of Italy’s Vexillum or perhaps Germany’s Minotaurus and you get an idea of what Grimgotts is achieving. Add that English flair for the medieval, ala Monty Python and the JK Rowlings influences and you you have a really neat, magical mix. It’s not all fun and games, there is some serious metal going on, great songs, good performances and all well presented.
The EP ‘s end with an inspired and inspired tale called ‘Follow Me’, with great lyrics about getting away. Punchy, fun and uplifting all at once, I can guarantee that I will be following the band on their adventures. You can too, it is not too late to get on board with Grimgotts.
1. The Quest
2. Struck By Fire
3. The Everlasting Kingdom
4. Close To Home
5. The Edge of the World (The Voyage to Vale)
6. Follow Me
Andy Barton Vocals
David Hills Guitar
James Taylor Bass
Fabio Garau Keyboards
Lord Fleshtomb Weeping Weasley Drums
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