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GRIS is a two-person act founded in Quebec, Canada in 2006. Originally they were known as NIFLHEIM but soon changed their name to their current moniker. Playing a cold, desolate style of depressive black metal, particularly on the performer's debut release in 2006, Neurasthénie, the band soon began experimenting more with more varied instrumentation, atmosphere and dynamics. Adding violin to their sound and incorporating more acoustic passages that teeter towards neo-folk in nature, Il était une forêt..., their second full length, was released by Sepulchral Productions in 2007. Developing their skills further, in 2013 the band finally released their third effort, an ambitious two disc full-length album entitled À l'Âme Enflammée, l'Äme Constellée.... Song lengths continue to stretch for longer duration, and stronger progressive tendencies continue to emerge with numerous passages steering away from typical metal to embrace folk and classical influences, while still delivering sonic maelstrom patterns of black metal. The two members of this band are NEPTUNE on bass, cello and guitars, and ICARE on violin, drums, piano and vocals.

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3.00 | 1 ratings
3.96 | 4 ratings
Il Était une Forêt...
3.96 | 4 ratings
À L'Âme Enflammée... À L'Âme Constellée

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 Il Était une Forêt... by GRIS album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.96 | 4 ratings

Il Était une Forêt...
Gris Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Depressive black metal which draws strongly on the atmospheric potential of the genre and featuring superior quality production values isn't exactly a unique sound, but Gris pull off one of the better realisations of that sound on this album. With mild folk influences here and there to keep things interesting, Icare and Neptune make a case for their status as a bit more than mere Quebec answers to Sweden's Shining, and throw in some interesting twists and turns along the way - like at least one song that is presented as though it is recorded live before a rapturous audience, whose clapping and cheering sits dissonantly next to Icare's depressed mutterings.
 À L'Âme Enflammée... À L'Âme Constellée by GRIS album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.96 | 4 ratings

À L'Âme Enflammée... À L'Âme Constellée
Gris Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Having made their name with the previous album, Gris don't rest on their laurels but press on with this followup, offering an epic journey through melancholic soundscapes with dark folk and post-rock influences creeping into their sound. The use of violin, in particular, adds a particular plaintive note and spices up proceedings considerably. Admirably refusing to stand still, Gris advance their sound on this one and whilst incorporating such post-rock influences into a black metal sound isn't exactly unheard-of these days, there are plenty of groups out there who don't pull it off nearly as well as they do. Keep something cheerful nearby for when the misery gets too much.
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