Gravetemple is nothing like I though it would be. My ignorance cost me dearly. Let me just break this album down for you. If one can even call this piece an album. First of all it only has one track and that track is 60 minutes long. The first 11 minutes is nothing but a quiet sound of a guitar string being tighten I believe. Then after that you can hear feedback and quiet chanting until about the 45-minute mark. The drums finally kick in at that point, after that the distorted screaming kicks in. That’s it ladies and gentlemen, that’s this record in a nutshell.
I’m sorry to say that I can’t even call this music. It is literary just noise with zero structure. There are however a couple of things going for this piece. When the screaming finally kicks in it’s none other than Attila Csihar from Mayhem, and the artwork and cd packaging are impressive. But I’m sorry to say that I can’t get into this. I enjoy almost all forms of extreme metal but I just don’t see how one can call this piece any form of music. This work is performance art pure and simple. It’s recorded live by the way.
The interesting aspect about this recording is it was recorded live in Israel while there was a war going on. The band was urged to not go on stage for their safety but they did anyway. Attila stated well I guess “We will have to bring the war to them”. Spoken like a true member of Mayhem. I commend them for that. I am keeping this work in my cd collection for two reasons firstly I’m fan of Mayhem and Attila Csihar and the second being the significance of the time the performance was recorded. Just be warned my fellow metalheads this is not what one thinks. I you are into extremely artsy stuff give it a try. If not than please stay clear away.