IRON BONEHEAD PRODUCTIONS is proud to present GRABUNHOLD's striking debut EP, Unter dem Banner der Toten, on CD and 12" vinyl format.
Hailing from Germany, GRABUNHOLD are '90s black metal classicism incarnate. The quartet showed boundless promise with their first demo, Auf den Hügelgräberhöhen, in 2017, but it's with their debut EP, Unter dem Banner der Toten, where GRABUNHOLD really come into their own - and quickly. Comprising three central black metal tracks and a solemn instrumental, this swift 'n' spellbinding short-length references a whole host of timeless influences - beyond the wandering moon, an arising realm upon a shadowthrone, dark waters stirring at the dawn of the dying sun - but processes them in such an undeniably Teutonic, swords-drawn way that's wholly their own, and wholly refreshing. It's medieval madness run riot, and it's riotously compelling.
And before you know it, the 18 minutes of Unter dem Banner der Toten are over and you're fully in GRABUNHOLD's thrall, pressing "play" yet again. Most magickal, that: the past is forever alive, consuming the present like an ouroboros.
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The cover art here, somehow, very accurately conveys the atmosphere that you should expect to find on Tôtbringære, which is a folk-oriented, medieval-themed, and highly-melodic black metal affair shuffling between the mid- and high-tempo range, and features great dynamics to boot. Comparisons to Peste Noire are fair, though I find this album to be superior to all of their output. Sühnopfer is another great point of comparison, and damn does this come close! Ungfell demands your respect. Ippocalyptica