Godthrymm – A Grand Reclamation (2018) REVIEW

Godthrymm is the sort of project that unfortunately wouldn’t exist without well-known projects cracking into more potent shards. ‘A Grand Reclamation’ is a doom metal record forged by musicians united by shared interests in spite of their restless freedom outside of established projects. The unifying element among all involved, excepting Malediction mastermind Rich Mumford, is dues paid in Solstice at one point or another. Longtime Solstice bassist Lee Netherwood provides one half of the guitar team here with Hamish Glencross who spent roughly 14 years in My Dying Bride after providing guitars on Solstice‘s ‘New Dark Age’. Glencross’ vocals and guitar work actually seem to pull from their shared pedigree. Shaun Taylor-Steels not only recently rejoined My Dying Bride but also played on Solstice‘s ‘Halycon’ EP. You might think all of this means Godthrymm is an inbred imitation of greater works but in fact ‘A Grand Reclamation’ comes together with in a mass of depressive doom metal that was surprisingly easy to love.

I’m such a fanatic for ‘New Dark Age’ that the sound and vocal candor felt immediately iterative and almost directly related to the tonality of that record. Glencross’ vocals are perhaps more along the lines of Pentagram influenced groups such as Pale Divine and don’t necessarily warrant comparison to the caterwaul of Aaron Stainthorpe. I’d halfway been expecting some sort of death/doom sound from Godthrymm due to Mumford’s involvement in Malediction and Glencross’ time with Vallenfyre. I found the compositions gave brief nods to early Paradise Lost, but their sound is more along the lines of epic doom metal that doesn’t stray too far from their own lineage. This EP should be a great source of excitement for Solstice fans, especially those who felt the latest full-length from that project had softened it’s heavy metal sword a bit.

I found myself so engaged with ‘A Grand Reclamation’ that it went by too quickly at just 20 minutes. Though I was left blue-balled it does speak well to the quality of any future work to not drag it’s ass thanks to a strong variance of doom metal and heavy metal pacing. It really hasn’t been done properly since ‘New Dark Age’ and I’ve become an instant fan for both the content and some small amount of nepotism. For good reason, too as we’ve got some unsung heroes of British doom metal on staff with Godthrymm. The live-in-studio feeling of the EP lends itself a certain intimacy that I felt strongest on “Sacred Soil”, my favorite composition here, and the guitar tone really gets a chance to shine throughout the title track. Definitely a band to watch in the future and up there with the best pure doom releases of 2018 so far.

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Artist Godthrymm
Type EP
Released March 16, 2018
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Without further adieu. 3.75/5.0

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