Metal Insider contributor Anthony Maisano is listening to a different metal album that was released on that day every day this year. Today, the Swedish death metal group Grave came out with You’ll Never See… in 1992.
The riffs on this album really help give it a moody feel. In general, they’re really quality riffs. The vocals are deep, and intense. There is plenty of slow tempo stuff as well as faster tempo stuff, so they really know how to build a song nicely. The drummer’s sound is pure and real as well. This is an album that really paces itself well, which I don’t think death metal albums do enough. It keeps the aggressive intensity, but still lets each track have space to groove and breath.
The guitar tone is really gritty, which is certainly a stylistic choice, but I think it buries some of the notes in the riffs. The actual vocal melodies could have had a little more variety to them as well. A lot of times it sounds like the singer is singing in the same pattern, which makes the vocals get a little bit stale, in my opinion.
Favorite Tracks: “Severing Flesh,” “You’ll Never See…” “Christi(ns)anity.”
For me, this is an album where, the good tracks are extremely good, and the boring tracks are extremely forgettable. There are a lot of great things about this album, but there’s also a lot that could have been improved to make it an even stronger effort. All in all, it was a good release, and I would certainly recommend giving it a listen.