As the world stands still, paralyzed and numb with fear, German black metal collective GROZA breaks the deafening silence to unveil their second full length album “The Redemptive End” – capturing the current times devastating atmosphere of utmost hopelessness and resignation.
Founded as a one-man project by singer / guitarist P.G. in 2016, the band grew towards a full band in the following two years, culminating in the birth of their first effort - “Unified In Void” (2018). With its revelation through AOP Records, a storm was spawned to consume everything and everyone crossing its path, relentlessly raging with passion and wrath during many live rituals on tours and festivals all over Europe.
Although the familiar rumble and chants of raw anger and despair continue to drone unabated on the successor, GROZA’s sound also explores new frontiers on the band’s latest album. For the first time, clean, even post-rock inspired passages shine deceptive rays of light through the dark, only to be devoured by searing melodies, drenched in sorrow and hopelessness and devastated by raging storms of blast beats, in the very next moments.
“The Redemptive End” was recorded during the summer / autumn of 2020. Recorded and mixed by P.G. and mastered with the help of Michael Kraxenberger (Sick Of Sound), the six tracks of the album encapsulate the prevailing state of numbing isolation and desperation in sonic format.
HALLS OF OBLIVION:
A place where melancholy, sorrow and despair unite to create a fictional musical building made of brutal riffs and heavy words. Enter the HALLS OF OBLIVION!
The band from Southern Germany was formed in 2007 to channel the aggression and desperation of its members through blackened extreme metal tunes. After “Endtime Poetry”, Sebastian Ruf (vocals, guitars), Marcel Welte (lead guitars), Markus Kristen (bass) and Max Beck (drums) open the gates again and allow their audience to enter the HALLS OF OBLIVION: “Eighteen Hundred And Froze To Death”.
After a more restrained introduction, ‘8°14‘43‘‘S 117°59‘34‘‘E’ unloads in a black metal explosion, only to resend the listener into more atmospheric and acoustic fields towards the end before the versatile ‘Dusk’ unfolds. ‘Buried By The Blackest Sand’ oscillates between mid-tempo and frenzy while it offers atmospheric clean vocals in the middle. The mid-tempo based ‘Red Snow’ shows more of the melodic death metal side of the band, but it still keeps its pitch-black charisma. The sheer despair of ‘In The Absence Of Light’ touches one immediately and doesn‘t let you go until the end. The closing ‘Dawn’ seems like a farewell and a glimpse of hope at the same time.
Experience “Eighteen Hundred And Froze To Death” by HALLS OF OBLIVION yourself. The album will be released on 09.06.2023 via Apostasy Records, just one day before the release show at Club Zentral.