Griiim - Bete Immonde
Purity Through Fire
Black avantgarde
7 songs (49' 56")
Release year: 2020
Reviewed by Andy

Griim advertises the project's 2020 album as "more coherent and done in a proper studio this time", but those new to MT's sound, as I was, might not find "more coherent" to be the best way to describe this. Bete immonde is a filthy, blackened mess, Burzum with a hiphop beat and a spooky keyboard backing.

The record starts up with the disjointed ramblings of Charles Manson in his 2007 MSNBC interview, as an eerie keyboard introduces a plodding rap beat. Nymphe decharnee continues the wretchedness as MT's croaked groan underlies the slow, abrasive chords. MMXIX You Remember? continues the chords with the rhythmic sound of a work crew laying over MT's lyrics, as he switches the language of the vile things he is mouthing to English; after a brief interlude it becomes clear that the overseer of the crew is applying the whip.

The title track is slightly more melodic, with deep keyboard chords holding up the mechanized Burzum-style guitar tremolo-picking, and bass notes bouncing periodically off the drumming. Stabat Mater and Serotonin are lower-pitched, their drumming getting more subterranean -- no wonder "serotonin" gets crossed out. The only problem with this approach is that there is no let-up in the unremitting avant-garde misery; those hoping for a bit more variety will eventually see that darkness is all one gets.


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