Portugal's Grievance have returned with a new recording which continues the raw and old school style of black metal from their previous releases and this is a review of their 2020 album "Nos Olhos da Coruja" which will be released in December as a joint effort between Void Wanderer and War Productions.
A very dark and heavy sound starts off the album along with some angry yet grim sounding black metal screams a few seconds later. 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 and the solos and leads are also done in a very melodic style.
Most of the music is also very heavily rooted in the 90's second wave era while the riffs also add in a decent amount of melody. Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with one of the tracks also being very long and epic in length as well as all of the musical instruments also having a very powerful sound to them and as the album progresses a brief use of nature sounds and synths can also be heard.
On this recording Grievance remains true to the raw and old school style of black metal that they have established on previous releases. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics are written in Portuguese and cover philosophy. occult and struggling 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 album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Pressagio" "Poesia da Noite" and "Vitoria Consumada". 8 out of 10.