Gra are a band from Sweden that has had music reviewed before in this zine and plays a very raw and melodic form of black metal and this is a review of their 2018 album "Vasen" which will be released in April by Carnal Records.
Grim black metal screams along with a few growls start off the album while t he faster sections of the songs also use a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats which also gives the music more of a raw feeling as well as some synths also being mixed into the music on a few tracks.
A brief use of spoken word parts can also be heard on a couple of the tracks while the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with the riffs also bringing in a great amount of Swedish style melodies as well as the solos and leads being done in a very melodic fashion and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and the music is also very heavily rooted in the mid 80's. and the a couple of tracks are very long and epic in length, classical guitars can also be heard briefly on the closing song.
On this recording Gra expands on their Swedish style of raw and melodic black metal by adding in more synths, the production sounds very dark and heavy while the lyrics are written in a mixture of English and Swedish and cover Satanism and the dark aspects of Scandinavian culture.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Gra and if you are a fan of raw and melodic Swedish black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Till Sorjerskorna" "Krig" and "The Devil's Tribe". 8 out of 10.