Grimdor are an international duo with members from Germany and the United States that plays a mixture of raw, lo-fi black metal and dungeon synth and this is a review of their 2019 ep "Stone Of The Hapless" which will be released in July by Akashic Envoy Records.
Thunder storm sounds start off the ep along with some synths a very seconds later which also introduces elements of dungeon synth into the music. After the first track the music goes into a heavier direction while the vocals are mostly grim black metal screams while the riffs also add in a decent amount of melody.
When the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling. All of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them while a small amount of melody can also be heard in some of the guitar riffing and as the ep progresses the songs also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and they close the ep with another dungeon synth instrumental.
Grimdor plays a musical style that is mostly rooted in a 90's style while also bringing in a couple of dungeon synth instrumentals to create a sound of their. The production sounds very dark, raw and lo-fi while the lyrics are inspired by the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien.
In my opinion Grimdor are a very great sounding mixture of raw, lo-fi black metal and dungeon synth and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this duo. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Repulse Of the Orcs" and "Dear's Leap". 8 out of 10.