Grievance are a band from Portugal that has had music reviewed before in this zine and plays a very raw form of black metal and this is a review of their 2016 album "Pilar. Pedra e Faca" which will be re-issued in 2018 by War Productions.
A drone orientated intro starts off the album before going into a heavier direction along with some melodic guitar leads while the riffs also use a great amount of melody as well as the vocals being mostly grim black metal screams and the tremolo picking gives the songs a more raw feeling.
Most of the music is very heavily rooted in the 90's second wave tradition while the vocals also throw in angry shouts at times along with the faster sections of the songs also bringing in a great amount of blast beats and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
All of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them while folk instruments can also be heard on a few tracks and as the album progresses the vocals also get deeper in certain sections of the recording along with a couple of songs also bringing in a small amount of acoustic guitars and one of the tracks is an instrumental.
On this recording Grievance plays a style of black metal that is very raw, traditional and old school sounding while the folk music elements makes the songs stand out a bit more, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics are written in Portuguese and cover struggles, philosophical and occultism themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Grievance and if you are a fan of raw and old school black metal, you should check out this re-issue. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Mensagem Secreta" "Nausea" and "Agora e Sempre". 8 out of 10.