Grimwald are a band from Italy that plays a raw and atmospheric form of black metal with elements of ambient music and this is a review of their 2009 ep "The Beserker" which was re-issued by Vacula Productions in the year of 2014.
A very old school mid paced black metal sound starts off the ep along with some pagan style melodies and grim vocals and a few minutes later atmospheric sounding synths start becoming a huge part of the bands musical style along with some guitar leads a couple of minutes later that enhances the melodic nature of the music.
There is a great mixture of slow and mid paced parts throughout the recording and the synths bring in elements of atmospheric and ambient music and on some of the other tracks there are small amounts of clean playing being added into the music along with some fast and raw black metal parts that also utilize a small amount of blast beats.
As the ep progresses clean and soft playing or added into the music with a short instrumental before returning back to a grim black metal direction on the following tracks which also shows spoken word parts becoming a part of the ep's musical direction and there is also an 8 minute track which gives the music a more epic feeling as well as adding in a small amount of thrash metal style guitar riffing and the ep closes with a track that really displays a more raw orientated approach to black metal from this band as well as adding in folk music style acoustic guitars and depressive screams.
Grimwald creates a very raw, melodic and atmospheric black metal sound that also uses a great amount of ambient influences and their music always evokes a dark and grim atmosphere, the production sounds very dark and raw, while the lyrics cover dark, depressive and nature themes.
In my opinion Grimwald are a very great sounding raw, melodic and atmospheric black metal band with ambient elements and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Grimwald" and "In The Hungry Fields Of Despair". 8 out of 10.