Grotium is an emerging 5 piece band with the intention to recreate the music they grew up accustomed to ever since they became affiliated with the metal and hard rock scenes. I guess the majority of us can relate to the spry teenagers, as we all went through that phase of going through our parents LPs or vinyls, trading cassettes and CDs with our friends or for the current generation, streaming Youtube videos thanks to suggestions from Facebook. So it is quite frequent that metal-heads not just from the local scene but from everywhere around the globe, they first grow to idolize the mythical 70’s and 80’s.

This band, in particular, gave one a unique sense of nostalgia, as back in the day used to spend hours and hours listening to the myth that is Iron Maiden, where from there they took him to a never-ending journey of discovering multiple bands, whether being more aggressive or of a more melodically approach. I have yet to see them perform live, but it seems that the locals already gave them a huge thumbs up ever since their first outing and reception of their material was quite positive. It was quite natural for one to be eager at giving a listen to what this band has to say, as they represented one’s early stages when starting listening to the genre.

When listening and analyzing their debut EP “Judgement Day”, one could easily grasp the influences of bands such as the aforementioned NWOBHM deities Iron Maiden, expanding even further to more thrash-based icons such as Megadeth, simply from the overall smooth and canorous guitar work in the first track “Lost Soul”. As soon as the track kicks in, one connoted something you would hear from the glorious Rust in Peace-Youthanasia era or even Iron Maiden’s eponymous band. The clean and sometimes nasal vocals, often switching to more hoarse and raw power like Dave Mustaine and Paul Di’Anno offered us, it already implies that despite the young age of the band members, Grotium isn’t just another local yokel band coming out of mom’s garage rushing to get into the stage, with absolutely no idea what to do in terms of songwriting and accession. Up next is the first single coming out in social media “Bus From Hell”. More fast paced oriented and nifty, reminiscent of bands such as Judas Priest and Motorhead. Clearly the band’s warhorse, a jolly good old school track kicking ass from start to finish.

Devil’s Kiss has a more 70’s groove and perhaps the most refined, yet “kept to its primitive stage” track of the pack, standing at over 6 minutes is the longest one from the whole bunch. The tireless and arduous solo sections definitely up the ante halfway through the track, taking it in another dimension of old-school awesomeness. “Horsemen” has to be the thrashiest and most dominant feature of the EP, with again more Megadeth influences, even the vocals appear to be far more combative than the previous. More reverential guitar and bass interchanges are noticed in the final track “Crossroads”, perhaps the most upbeat and easy to the ear to listen.

Given their age and early influences, I might say Grotium contributed a more than impressive EP, exuding confidence in their attitude and perspective towards music. Of course, this is just their first production with plenty of room for improvement and horizons to expand, but with the right direction and just about the correct pinch of salt, Grotium have the recipe to be the next real deal in generating old school being cool in the current Aeon.
Looking forward to the launch as it will help one define more mindset and angles where this band might go.


Author: Alan Formosa

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