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Gorm (Elysium)

Crank this to 8.2 of 11

Released: 2020

Genre: Instrumental Progressive Rock

Sounds Like: Elder, Causa Sui

The German trio’s second instrumental journey, wastes no time diving into the thick sound that is Gorm. Elysium s a two part instrumental concept piece that hits absorbing levels quite quickly. We harken the experience of Elysium as a calming steadiness that is the perfect accompaniment to support any task at hand. Do not look for any jaw-dropping moments or start turns here other than a very cathartic thick heavy that deserves to be in your collection. The band shows patience and commitment to the heavy onslaught of impressive layered melodies.

Track Listing:

1. Elysium Part I (12:36)

2. Elysium Part II (12:09)

Standout Track:

We will go with part II for its more far reaching majestic melodies. This one hits a more powerful culmination within the last 45 seconds. While the two tracks intertwine well, gun to our head, we will go with the more lofty higher range fretwork provided in Part II.

Adult Beverage Pairing:

We tapped our European family members to provide some color on any Rostock hidden gems. Well perhaps not hidden bu the perfect malty accompaniment to the thick sound of Gorm we recommend Rostocker Bock Dunkel Hanseatische Brauerei Rostock GmbHA. This fucker pours copper with a large creamy tan thick head, slow dissipation leaves lots of malty notes of sweet, light roast. Dark dried fruits. Full bodied and light carbonated. Sweet and bitter aftertaste. A solid steady bock.


Song Structure

8 out of 11

Hallucination Landscape

7.8 out of 11

Weight of the Heavy

8.2 out of 11

Fretwork Prowess

8.3 out of 11

Percussion Prowess

8.1 out of 11

Overall Album Flow

8.3 out of 11


7.3 out of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics

8.5 out of 11

Production Value

8.3 out of 11

Band Members :

Marcus Henning - Guitar

Ernst-Henning Drude - Bass

Paul Bornemann - Drums

Final Thoughts:

Elysium is a solid instrumental sophomore release. The German trio is tight in every way and we recommend you give this some rotations. Also check-out their self-titled debut for a bit more diverse texture and perspective.

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