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1/10-07
Thy Grief anniversary.



10 years ago Thy Grief released their one and only album The Frozen Tomb Of Mankind through the German based recordlabel Solistitium. The album sold about 2000 copies and the band never performed live.




The Forzen Tomb Of Mankind tracklist:
1. The Frozen Tomb Of Mankind
2. Blod På Himmelen
3. Into The Land Of Shadows
4. Twilight Shine Upon Majestic Mountains
5. Da Mørket Omfavnet Meg
6. Nocturnal Eyes
7. In Spite Of Victory
8. Echoes From A Past Forgotten
9. Sorgens Klør

Kjetil Monsen - Vocals & Guitars
Kim Anders H. Johannessen - Guitars
Christer Korsvold - Bass & Synth
Frode Gaustad - Drums


Reviews:


Scream Magazine No. 38, dec97/jan98 (Norway)
3/6
"Det er Black Metal det dreier seg om, Thy Grief er fra Bergen, og deres debut album inneholdertradisjonell sort metal. I likhet med f.eks. Obtained Enslavement har også Thy Grief rikelig med synther og melodier, og flere av låtene er av den majestetiske sorten. Det mangler allikevel litt før man når toppen, men albumet er allikevel en godkjent debut." - Bjørn Nørsterud

The Seventh Scroll No. 2 - 1998 (U.S.A)
9/10
"I was really impressed with the first effort of Thy Grief. The music comes across as epic Black Metal, employing well defined guitars, drums, vocals, and keyboards. The riffs are not especially innovative, but they are well produced, really catchy, and evoke the atmosphere of darkness. The really incredible thing about this release are the keyboard passages. If you are a fan of Black Metal using keyboards, this release is one to get. The emotions that the keyboard evoke is something that few albums can match. Also of note is the drumming. The beats really add to the music, giving it an element of fullness that is really noticable. The packing, especially the cover artwork, is also top rate. Finally, the production, as stated before, gives each instrument full definition, and nothing is lost in the mix. Once again, THY GRIEF's music is nothing groundbreaking, but the execution is flawless, and it makes for a fine release." - Ezunoth

Bylec Tum No. 2 - 1998 (Italy)
"Interviewd between these pages, the nordic Thy Grief are arrived to their first Cd, out for the German Solistitium rec.. The album inside 9 fast songs of unholy but at the same time melodic Black art in the vein of the best Immortal and the first Darkthrone, but with a great touch of riginality. The songs that more have impressioned my poor ears are the first 'The Frozen Tomb of Mankind', 'Into the Land of Shadows' (that could be one of the new Emeror's songs!), 'Nocturnal eyes', 'In spite of Victory', 'Echoes from a past Forgotten' (in the vein of Emperor, for voice and guitars!!!). This is a good album, counseled to those more fond to the old aggressive B.M. songs but also of the moment. Buy or Die!!!"

Franang Zine No. 2 - 1997 (France)
[Adv. tape for CD]
"After their surprising demo THY GRIEF comes back with their first CD. This adv. tape contains 5 songs taken from the album that has 9 songs and lasts 50 min. The first change from the demo is the guitars; they have evolved into an higher sound, and that is better. Songs are more mature, more drastic; this band plays an agressive metal with lots of fast drum parts. The production is well done for a first CD, and suffers from nothing. It seem that this band knows what they want. The song 'Into The Land Of Shadows' is indubitably the master piece of this album; listen to it. The Norwegian B.M. scene will attract many listeners with these kinds of bands."

Metal Archives - 28th Dec. 2006 (Canada/U.S.A.)
80%
"By 1997 most Black Metal masterpieces had been released, the most important bands were already aging away and the genre was being divided by underground traditionalists and the more commercially viable heavy metal based vampire bands. To me, Thy Grief is a band of honest musicians that studied well the genre of Norwegian Black Metal and decided to create a musical essay which is what this is, before disbanding as if for respect for themselves and for the genre they pay tribute to. The music is pretty cool, solid and dark with a melancholic vibe to it through out the album. For black metal is a very easy listen without being too simple. I would say this is melodic mid tempo metal which on three tracks slow down to doom-like speeds. Blast beats are used sparsely which gives the sense of a lightly atmosphere so you can clearly hear the guitar melodies grow and fuck man, there are some really beautiful melodies here that remind me of Emperor and Gorgoroth. Drum variation range from the repetitive drone-like necro black metal to the more rock like Dissection style in its low moments. There are some quintessential black metal moments that are great but sadly the overall composition falls short from the great bands they got their inspiration from and immediately shows the weak points to the album which is when they replace musical theory with sentimental melodrama to achieve their aesthetic goal which probably was to create a dark and melancholic ambience, but instead they rather achieve nostalgic and sentimental tunes. Keyboards complement the emotional background with class without being overused very Emperor influenced. Tracks 3,5 and 8 are sort of balladesque doomier stuff that decorate the album with more obvious sadness and despair and that is when keyboards unfold with melodramatic clouding. Track 4 fucking killz, this band studied well the Gorgoroth mastery of melodic greatness. The rest of the songs are of good quality. I think that the music has a sincere intention or spirit and in its darkness and nostalgia there is a kind of intensity that reminds me of early Immortal, a contemplative fascination with nature and feelings of desolation. Vocals are low key shrieking whispers with some gothic clean whispered parts that fit the music perfectly because these tunes could be described as delicate rather than blasting brutal or dissonant. I would say Thy Grief are more cold harsh than savage and maybe waltzlike like Graveland on the second track. In its core emotion this is dancelike funeral music that celebrates rather than pays homage to the dead. Lyrics are about lonely souls that wander through cold misty forests and mountains trying to find an inner world to escape the material society that suffocate the free spirited, there is meaning in embracing nature just before our very last breath. Humankind shall be put to rest and when that happens, Nature will reign supreme again!" - Cotarelo
- Link to Metal Archives website: | Thy Grief profile | Index |

Twilight Newsletter No. 1 - April 1998 (Italy)
"Another evil but melodic Black Metal band from Norway that should catch your attention...Malicious voice and fast parts, good solos and majestic keyboards make of this medley a winning one! The fifth song results my favourite, but all these nine tracks will delight your ears, believe me!!"

Cranium 'zine No. 4 - 1998 (Lithuania)
10/10
"A pure storm of northern aggression! Unique debut with 100% of mental stress and mystery. Terribly fast and unclear black metal at it's best form. Atheistic blasphemies and low warlike tone of voice are magnificently tuned as well as fast and merciless assults of metallic guitars...drums are speedy, but quiet and majestic synths remains in deep abyss and crowns Thy Grief music with particular darkness...One more debut worth 10 points!" - Raimundas

The Realm of Nachzehrer Magazine No 2 Nov 1997 (Colombia)
"There are some aspects that surround this band musically talking. For example the manage of atmospheres through all the tracks which are created by acoustic guitars, synths, also the mixure of fast, agressive riffs with dismal atmospherec parts that we wrote above. This great album includes 9 tracks, which includes track from the demo. We think that the band can work better in some aspects, but in conclusion Solistitium has supported a talented band."


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[playlist:]

SE - !Primitive
1. !Primitive
2. Stardust Intoxica
3. Walk Among the Dead
4. Hollow Soul
5. The Machine Brings Pain
6. The Crux of Time
7. Pulse of Extinction
8. Isolation
9. Selfdistruct
10. Scorn the World

SE - The Epitaph
11. Into the Misty Cemetary
12. Bloodsplatter
13. The Stench of Death
14. Decaying Flesh
15. From Dust to Dust
16. Dead Skeletons Rising
17. Funeral Under A Fullmoon
18. Suffer In Silence
19. Impending Doom Awaits
20. The Cursed Soul
21. Buried Alive
22. R.I.P. (Rot In Pieces)

Cryoxium - Delicious Reek
23. Cryogenic Death
24. Prisoners of War
25. Sleep
26. Rising the Dead
27. Delicious Reek of Decomposed Human Bodies
28. Visions
29. Explicit Hatred
30. Consumed Dissipation
31. Intoxicated Escape
32. Epidemic Conspiracy
33. Inferno
34. Total Darkness

Cryoxium - Returning to the Grave
35. They Will Bleed
36. Returning to My Grave
37. Black Winters
38. Demon Exhumation
39. Guided By the Constellations
40. Warrior King
41. Dark Forces of Evil
42. Wraith of the Norse
43. Unholy Demise
44. Broken Sculls

Cryoxium - The Frozen Tomb of Mankind
45. The Frozen Tomb of Mankind
46. Blod P Himmelen
47. Into the Land of Shadows
48. Twilight Shine Upon Majestic Mountains
49. Da Mrket Omfavnet Meg
50. Nocturnal Eyes
51. In Spite of Victory
52. Echoes From A Past Forgotten
53. Sorgens Klr

Cryoxium - Thy Grief
54. A Black Sun Ascending
55. Eidolon of the Wilderness
56. The Horn of War
57. Shadows of the Nightgate
58. A Future In Ice
59. Northern Stronghold
60. The Dark Hemisphere
61. Glacial Hymn
62. In the Valley of the Brave
63. World Havoc
64. Ride the Firestorm

Cryoxium - Cemetary
65. End In Pain
66. Violence Begets Violence
67. Insane In the Brain
68. Greedy Dictator
69. Dead Zombies
70. Underestimate
71. Psycical Delight
72. There Is No God

Cryoxium - Kimanium
73. Kimanium
74. Arc Infinity
75. Cascades Through Space & Time
76. Angry God
77. Consortium Of Free Beings
78. Terra Proxima
79. Kimaddict
80. Instinct

GS1 - Golden Shower
81. Coming Home
82. Flying Away
83. Second Time Around
84. Live Again
85. Ballad of Hope
83. Hey Mister
87. Golden Shower
88. Slaether
89. Nowhere To Go
90. Flaming Children
91. Linga
92. Sanctuary
93. Soul to Keep
94. You Just Don't Give A Damn
95. Don't Tell Me You Know

GS2 - Nudie Bludie
96. Endless Pain
97. Saturday Night Alright
98. Time to Die
99. Nightlife
100. [untitled(ehda)]
101. December Rock
102. Time Mystery
103. We Are Here
104. Cerebral Damage
105. Something From the Past
106. Miro the Cat
107. Raymond
108. Under the Evening Sky
109. Crashin'
110. Fun Times

GS3 - Dimension Exit
111. Fantasy Life
112. Next In Line
113. Cryptic Love
114. The International
115. Dimension Exit
116. The Passion of a Madman
117. Firepower 9000
118. Tonight Is Right
119. Stupid Jerk
120. What You're Doing To Me
121. Yes, It's True
122. Foundation Missing
123. Rock 'n Roll Heaven
124. I Was Dead
125. Chaos In Order
126. Sci-Fi Love
127. The Mystery Still Illudes Me

GS4 - TDM/SE/Misc
128. Hit Ten
129. Spitfire
130. Silent Freak
131. [untitled2]
132. In Too Deep
133. It Is of Blood
134. Survivor no 666
135. The Ride Through Infinity
136. The Evil Bitch With Voodoo Powers
137. [untitled(no2)]
138. Ultimate Sinner
139. Scorpion
140. Death Systems
141. A Black Heart of Gold
143. Past the Point of No Return

GS5
144. C'est Un Velo Incoyable
145. [TDM-pop/rock]
146. Window of Opportunity
147. A Positive Lock
148. Arrival At Center System
149. Shimmery Light
150. Trail of Stars/Safe Haven
151. Ground Zero
152. Lost In Time/It's Medicine
153. Fixed
154. A Myriad of Worlds
155. Medical Wonder
156. Boys & Girls

QF
157. In Your Face
158. [untitled]
159. Three Down One to Go
160. [untitled]
161. [untitled]
162. [untitled]
163. [untitled]
164. [untitled]
165. [untitled]
166. [untitled]
167. [untitled]
168. [untitled]

Thy Grief - Levitation
169. Levitation
170. Cosmogenesis
171. [untitled]
172. [untitled]







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