Gryftigaen are a duo from Chile that plays a very raw and ambient form of occult black metal and this is a review of their 2020 album "Graven til Maneapenbaringer" which will be released in November by Inferna Profundus Records.
Ambient style synths start off the album while also capturing a very lo-fi atmosphere before going into a heavier musical direction. 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 along with the vocals being mostly grim yet high pitched black metal screams.
A lot of the music is very heavily rooted in the 90's era while all of the tracks are also very long and epic in length. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very dark, melodic and old school style along with the riffs also adding in some melody at times and the ambient elements also mix in with the heavier sections of the songs.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts parts along with the music also having its atmospheric moments as well as the music also getting very ritualistic sounding at times, Gregorian chants can also be heard on the closing track. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover Death Worship, Black Sorcery, High Magick and Witchcraft themes.
In my opinion Gryftigaen are a very great sounding raw and ambient occult black metal duo and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Sarcophagical Black Sorcery" and "Nightside Of The Eye Of Seth". 8/5 out of 10.