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Paths wandered before, yet unknown. - 90%

Wargnattallfihrr, July 30th, 2012

There are still some bands, that are able to create their own, new world in the seemingly dead Black Metal genre; those that mark staffs though their manner of playing without leaving the old paths behind. Such a band is GGUW.

This extremely obscure group whose members remain anonymous – except for a departed one – cannot be assigned to a place, which also applies to its music. On the vinyl LP, which was limited to 321 manually numbered pieces, one can find three tracks of traditional Black Metal that establishes new best marks in a simple, unornamented way without capers. None of the titles carries a name; a feature that, like the lack of band photos or lyrics, supports the focus on the creation of music.

The first eye-catcher is the design: professional and fancying details in an extraordinary way. Particularly the fact that they produced themselves is a circumstance very seldom to find. The vinyl is packed in a grommet on which the name of the band and LP shine (the name meaning: Against Gravitation and Free Will) and fold-out board poster on which one can see a strange, blind figure that seemingly resembles a daemon out of ash. High-quality material print and heavy material leave a tremendously good impression.

Once the music starts spreading in your room, you become part of an intensive, astonishing adventure: a pounding piece of an Intro – only 60 seconds long – similar to a muffled gong; then the first nameless track is
set free. Creaking vocals more whispered and aspirated than cried out, get tangled in the dissonant sounding monster as it never has been heard before. Rolling drums in high pace crackle down on the snaring guitars right before the song mutates into a stream of lament: The vocals turn into a howling, wallowing and swinging around; the slight start of a melody and that’s it. The two remaining songs dwell on exactly this unusual style, whereas the second rather sounds like floating battle, interrupted through pauses, and the third hysterical and nervous. Overall, the music brings an insane darkness into being, appearing to be haunted and endlessly deep. Nonetheless GGUW do not leave the paths of the traditional Black Metal behind:
The paceis high, no keyboards played and a basically aggressive mood generated. Yet there is a difference since no lyrical concept has been adapted.

The chances and risks of such an idea are those of letting the listener wander in the dark. To one mind ‘Gegen Gravitation und Willensfreiheit’ might be too abstract and unhandy to satisfy the hunger for grim BM. Those listeners who want to experience the abysses of music, who want to become part of the art work, by having to devote their own personality, to profit from the work, will take on a very personal bond with the music, which is unique. I want to urgently advise anyone to get this in a manifold sense rare piece of art for themselves.