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Silver Grime: Healed by the Dark

The name of this band reminds me of a time I asked a member of Orange Goblin how they picked their name. He told me that so many great bands have a color in their name that it seemed like a good idea. I don’t know if Silver Grime feels the same way, but I suppose it couldn’t hurt to figure that a color and a noun signal good quality.

Formed in 2014, Silver Grime is a doom metal band made up of former members of Paul Di’Anno, Obscurity, and Cloudscape. They list their major influences as Saint Vitus and Trouble, but I’ll wouldn’t be surprised if bands like Alice in Chains also shaped this band’s sound. behind the scenes. Not surprisingly, the best thing about this band are the killer riffs that lead out on several of the tracks. When this band plays straight-up doom, they sound pretty great. Music like this lives or dies on the power of the riff. I especially liked the opening to “The Realm of the Ancient Stones.”

Having said that, I was surprised that the band used clean vocals as often as they did. I was also surprised at how often Silver Grime shifted gears into mid-tempo hard rock. There’s nothing essentially wrong about shifting into different styles but doing so can bring mixed results. I think that fans of doom metal will be divided over this album. Some will find it solid from start to finish while others will think it wavers from killer riffs to less groovy hard rock. Given the opening of “The Realm of the Ancient Stones,” I’d count myself as one who wanted more musical doom. For those who like really depressing lyrics, though, look no further than “Children.” The song is based on women who were supposed to take care of children but who let them die instead. I’m not sure if these women are from fairy tales or are based on true crime.

For those interested in checking out Silver Grime, I suggest listening to the first and the last tracks, “The Realm of the Ancient Stones” and “Healed by the Dark.” Those tracks capture the band’s range should provide a good introduction.

Track Listing:
1. The Realm of the Ancient Stones
2. Children
3. Silver Grime�"Like a Bloodred Rose
4. Execution of the Narcissist
5. Eclipse of Tomorrow
6. Healed by the Dark

Added: September 13th 2018
Reviewer: Carl Sederholm
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
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Language: english

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