Boston, Massachusetts's Grue has returned with a new recording with one of the tracks continuing his raw approach to occult black metal and the second song being a Townes Zan Zandt cover and this is a review of their self released 2014 ep "Rake".
Thrash metal style riffing starts off the ep along with some guitar solos and leads and the music starts getting a little bit black metal shortly after that when the grim vocals start to kick in along with some background screams and the music starts going for a more fast and raw direction shortly after that along with some blast beats being added into the track before slowing down and adding some melody and acoustic guitars into the song while also remaining heavy at the same time.
On the second song which is a Townes Van Zandt cover the music stays away from the country music sound of the original song and takes this cover tune into a more heavier and darker direction as well as using black metal style vocals instead of the original style and the song also has a very depressing and melancholic feeling and there are also some fast parts and blast beats being added into the music and after a few minutes the song goes into a cleaner and softer direction while also still having a decent amount of heaviness.
Grue remain true to their occult black metal sound on this ep as well as showing a great amount of growth with more thrash metal elements and melody being added into the musical sound of the project, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover occult themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Grue and if you are a fan of thrash influenced occult black metal, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACK "All Mortal Greatness IS But Disease". 8 out of 10.