Saturday, February 19, 2022

Grails - Chalice Hymnal (2017)

The seventh album from this US band.

The band was a trio with a lineup of drums, bass, guitars, keyboards, synths, oud, mellotron and samplers.

They were helped out by some guests who provided synths, strings, saxophones, saxes, double bass and harmonica.

This album is so far their last album but I hope they will continue to release albums although I am not a fan of their music. But they have a lot of fans and others who really appreciate their music.

I therefore take my hat of to this band.

The band has deepened and softened up their brand of ambient post-metal since their pretty harsh debut album. A pretty poor album.

We are still in an ambient tonal soundscape without any song structures. The music is pretty elegant though...

The music is made on moods and this soundscape is slowly creeping upon the listener. This album becomes better and better for every listening sessions.

I still have my reservations even after some listening sessions. Parts of this album is good and other parts are pretty dull. 

A rating between decent and good is a fair one. However, fans of ambient soundscapes should get this album and some other albums from this band.

2.5 points

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