Grunt – Discipline
Release Date: 02/04/2021
Running Time: 36:59
Review by Wallace Magri
Grunt is a Death/Extreme Industrial Metal outfit from Portugal that absolutely deliver on “Discipline”, their third album, containing seven songs that are going to turn your day darker and bring some mental chaos to your thoughts!
I want you to know that even though Portuguese is my mother tongue, I wasn’t able to understand a single word that Boy-G sings on ‘A Valsa Libitina’ and ‘Piedade’, allegedly sung in Grunt’s native tongue, thanks to Boys-G’s guttural vocal technique, increased by distortion effects, that reminded me of Six Feet Under’s Chris Barnes singing in slow motion.
Anyway, the main Portuguese Culture influence on “Discipline” is the Fado – a sad musical style that has melancholic flamenco guitar fingering on the arrangements – heard especially in the guitar solo of ‘A Valsa Libitina’, performed by Boy-S… yes, Grunt is an ‘all boy band’: Boy-G (Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, Synths), Boy-S (Guitars), Boy-Z (Bass) and Boy-M (Drums).
I would say that Grunt is much more a Death/Extreme Metal band that takes advantage of synth programming and sampled ambiences to increase the song’s sludge aesthetics, than an Industrial Metal band that resorts to Heavy Metal musical instruments to increase the heaviness of electronic beats.
By the way, if you are into bands like Fear Factory, I am sure that you will relate to songs like ‘Relinquish Control’, that deliver dense Drop D guitar riffs along with tribal percussion into the mixture, thanks to the astonishing drum and bass work. On ‘Captivity and Abominable Idolatry’ we hear another amazing guitar solo, that provides a Prog Metal aura to the song, helped by the incredible drum rhythm brakes and transitions.
The excellent mixing and production of “Discipline” deserve to be mentioned (by Ivy Skuratov and Boy-G, respectively), giving the proper strength to each musical instrument, highlighting the guitar solos and showing good taste in the selection of beats and synth programming, in order to make every song on the album more gloomy and dismal, as you can check out on ‘Vertiginous Asylum’ and ‘The Blackest Suitors’ – both masterpieces of Avant Garde Doom/Black Electro mayhem, that open minded metalheads are gonna be pleased to listen to.
All that said, “Discipline” is the best album I’ve heard in 2021 so far, and don’t mind if you can’t understand the lyrics sung in English – I couldn’t understand the ones in Portuguese either. But what I do know is that Grunt isn’t singing about sunflowers and pink orchids, unless they are dead flowers laying in sludge.
‘The Blackest Suitors’ (Lyric Video)
01. Vertiginous Asylum
02. A Valsa Libitina
04. With Agony Driving So Deep
05. Relinquish Control
06. Captivity And Abominable Idolatry
07. The Blackest Suitors
Boy-G – Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, Synths
Boy-S – Guitars
Boy-Z – Bass
Boy-M – Drums
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