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Grails – “Black Tar Prophecies Vol’s 1,2, & 3 ” – [Important Records]

Max Level   9/18/2006   A Library, CD

Mostly deep, dense, dubbed-out doings with a few quiet acoustic moments swirled into the batter. Reverberating textures and beats, deeeeeeep bass, and fuzzy/crusty guitars create a satisfyingly dark, heavy vibe, but somewhat friendlier elements (acoustic picking, a bit of piano, a touch of banjo) do pop up here and there to brighten the picture a bit. When one doesn’t know quite what to say, one can play the ‘what if?’ game; for example: what if Sub Oslo, Neurosis, and Six Organs Of Admittance collaborated on a musical project, with David Lynch and Samuel Coleridge co-producing? I think you’d get something like Grails, which sounds to me like an opium-eating slowcore rock band playing Tibetan crime jazz. All instrumental. 100% righteous.

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