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“Their intense, harrowing tone, fantastic guitar leads, creative song-writing and fierce, grand poise put help them to re-cast the Norwegian sound as something once again vital, filthy and relevant, and this album both easily and mercilessly scrapes the darkest corners of the human psyche. Dirty, deep, mean, misanthropic and highly recommended”

“The high quality that Gravdal have achieved with “Torturmantra” propels them far beyond their earlier achievement, which was fairly formidable to begin with.”

“Gravdal play to their strengths and showcase some formidable writing and performance skills – they can be economical, as when throwing out the thin, trem-laden lead that makes “Pulsen Vaklar” so cultishly delicious, but they can also summon an welter of grand, raging chaos, full of poise, confidence and no small measure of complexity”

““Torturmantra” is a slow to mid-paced outing, but that just gives it all the more space to seethe and brood, to open out passages of surprising richness, and to bathe with glorious hostility in the magnificent, often depressive guitar tone, which is key to making tracks such as “Eg E Ditt Helvete”, a stomping, evolving monster, so successful”

“As high up on the scale of unmitigated darkness and violence as it is, this album must not be underestimated for its musical quality. Control of pace and unremitting pain are in abundance. As an exercise in Black Metal nihilism, “Torurmantra” could serve as a model.”

“Prepare for a battering. Violence, penetrating screams of anguish, the sensation of depravity and slaughter, guitars simulating machine guns and alternative murder weapons, relentless drumming and the distinct absence of relief or harmony. It’s all here. This is the creation of disturbed minds.”

“a malicious bass, mean groove, masterfully tight drums and lashings of classically grim, twisting riff-work make for a familiar foundation, but it’s the spite and force that are so characteristic from hateful opener “Hyrdestund I Helvete” onwards that will violently skewer your attention”

“frontman Galge, whose tortured, throaty howl is one of the most awesome weapons in Gravdal’s arsenal”

“throw Niklas Kvarforth into the mix, and his guest vocal performance on this song gives me immense shivers”

“this release sees Gravdal stick their heads even further above the parapets erected by the forefathers, carving together a remarkable depth of chaotic, switching, oppressive movements to bring about a pitch-black treasure”

“The sheer nastiness of Gravdal’s 2008 debut “Sadist” was a refreshing convulsion of all things powerfully, throat-grabbingly Nordic, and so it’s a sick, grim thrill to find them hard at it again on follow-up “Torturmantra”.”

“How black would you like to have your metal? Gravdal is the name, Norwegian Bergen the city of origin and the album’s title is ‘Torturmantra’: you can’t go wrong there is what you might think, and you are right”

“Herbrand Larsen and Bjørnar Nilssen (together with Enslaved’s Arve Isdal) have provided the album with a perfectly fitting sound, but hey: these guys know this scene like no one else, so…”

“fans of black metal “the Bergen way” with a slight preference for some more depth in the songs should really check this great album out!”

“halfway the song the breaks and even a good piece of lead guitar follow, uncommon alas for this genre. Gravdal shows it can be done without losing the right atmosphere.”

“There is much more depth in the songs, and the individual skills have grown along, yet without losing touch with the authentic black metal feeling: well worth a compliment if you ask me”

“there has been a considerable change, even if it still 666% pure black metal. It is less straight-forward old school, but the hypnotizing riffs have - thank Satan - remained within the band’s sound.”