A two-piece Canadian band will take you on an introspective journey to the sound of their new album, a cold embrace of Post-Metal colliding with Ambient Drone meant to be dark and depressing.
A two-piece Sludge/Drone/Post-Metal band formed in 2015 by former members of Alaskan and Stay Here, those being Gary Thibert on vocals, guitars and bass, and Deniz Güvenç on vocals, drums, piano and synths, in Ottawa, Canada’s capital located in the east of southern Ontario, They Grieve hope that their music fills a niche not quite like other Post-Metal acts who are currently active, and their first full-length opus, titled To Which I Bore Witness, is a clear step up for them. Engineered and mixed by Topon Das at Apartment 2 Recording, mastered by Dave Williams at Eight Floors Above, with additional piano recorded by Alex Jakimczuk at Uppercut Studios, and displaying a stylish artwork and design by Pascale Arpin, the album takes the form of an introspective journey, meant to be depressing, while the listener is confronted with sad, loud music that’s not meant to cross into anger, a cold embrace of Post-Metal colliding with Ambient Drone recommended for fans of The Body, Cult of Luna and Bell Witch.
A slow build grows in intensity until all hell breaks loose in Wither, showcasing melancholic, grim lyrics (“Failure knows no bounds and makes its home here within me / Endless is the night of its becoming / Nothing returns / Cower, collapse, wither”) while the sluggish beats by Deniz make an interesting paradox with his own synths. Then investing in a sinister Sludge/Doom Metal sound, the duo will hammer our heads and pierce our minds with their dirty riffs and pounding drums in Under the Weight, also showcasing a phantasmagorical passage to the synths by Deniz, sounding heavy and atmospheric from start to finish; whereas If Light Should Appear is another seven-minute ode to darkness and doom where Gary is devilish with his raw riffs and low-tuned bass, resulting in the perfect depiction of what Atmospheric Sludge Metal is all about. The title-track To Which I Bore Witness will drag your damned soul to endless darkness while the duo roars in anger and pain, again showcasing their slow and steady guitar lines and drums, being therefore not recommended for the lighthearted. After such intense and Stygian tune, it’s time for a soothing instrumental interlude titled Guided, with its minimalist sounds setting the tone for Weakness, presenting deep, melancholic lyrics (“I am bound to only the quiet call of ruin / And weakness holds me / Weakness alone holds me”) while the music is as atmospheric, savage and obscure as possible until the very end.
In case you want to know more about Gary, Deiz and their They Grieve, and therefore show them all your admiration and support, you can start following the duo on Facebook and on Instagram for news, tour dates and so on, stream more of their music on Spotify, and above all that, purchase To Which I Bore Witness from the Silent Pendulum Records’ BandCamp page or webstore, or simply by clicking HERE. “This album, both lyrically and musically, tries to capture the uncomfortable juxtaposition between weakness and weight. We are constantly trying to express the ways in which the ugliness and decay we see in the world sets itself down and plants its roots inside of us – how the weight of the world transforms into our own weakness once it has done so. We try to capture this feeling of juxtaposition and tension within the music itself by oscillating between ambient, textural drones and heavy, doom-laden riffs,” commented the duo about their newborn spawn, an album that will certainly cement their name among the best bands of the current Post-Metal scene worldwide.
Best moments of the album: Under the Weight and To Which I Bore Witness.
Worst moments of the album: None.
Released in 2023 Silent Pendulum Records
1. Wither 7:12
2. Under the Weight 7:23
3. If Light Should Appear 7:00
4. To Which I Bore Witness 6:43
5. Guided 3:18
6. Weakness 8:01
Gary Thibert – vocals, guitars, bass
Deniz Güvenç – vocals, drums, piano, synths