Think of howling wolf, not the singer, I mean an actual howling wolf, and you will be somewhat near the sound of Erik Gardefors vocal style on Grift’s new album. This follows on from Syner the debut and the split he did with Drudkh. Grift offer a blackened sounding album, sung in, I think Swedish, but I am unsure. And it includes a 19th century instrument, a psalmodikon., which sounds very exciting indeed! The whole piece sounds bleak and the album cover exudes this feeling in a Blair Witch found footage way. And what really unnerves me is the animal cries and nature sounds in the way of Erik’s field recordings to add atmosphere to this piece.
The album focuses on the topic of heritage, and how this can conflict when social, religions and environmental heritage can not always sit easy together in one’s self. Avoiding the cod-like synth backdrops that so many of the current acts fall in to, Grift have created an almighty album that stands abreast the acoustic forest cassette release and the harsher black metal sound. “Nattyxne” marries these two elements of organic nature with the yearning and at times vulnerable weakened cries of Erik’s vocals along with the depressing guitar riffs and gentle rhythmic back beat.
Out now on Nordvis Productions with vinyl and digital versions, plus artworks and all.