GROTESQUE (SWEDEN)


Grotesque was spawned out of the abyss in September 1988 rising from the ashes of death/thrash/metal band Conquest, a band first formed in early -86 by guitarist & songwriter Necrolord. Howsoever, this band didn't become totally twisted, insane and serious until unholy screamer Goatspell joined in March -88. When Grotesque hit the local scene in the fall of -88 there were absolutely no other death metal bands around in the Gothenburg area and there were literally just a few people into underground death metal. Grotesque soon got a maniacal reputation of being devoted satanists, grave desecrators, blasphemers and a very brutal live band. The original line-up featured Goatspell - vomits, Necrolord - high priest of distortion and Nuctemeron - 4-string damnation as well as two other members who soon left due to wimpdom. In the early months of -89 the drummer Offensor joined the order of blasphemy and desecration thus completing the Grotesque line-up. On the 4th of May they recorded the blasphemous rehearsal/demo "The Black Gate Is Closed" an avalanche of death and hate preparing the wimps for Grotesque's first studio recording. The coming months were spent writing new songs like the epic "Angels Blood" and "Submit To Death" as well as playing a few crazy and brutal live shows. The legendary November recording of "In The Embrace Of Evil" featured five songs - this was originally meant to be the first five songs of a full length album on Dolores Records, another three tracks to be recorded later on. Therefore, the recording was never released as a demo. In late -89 Nuctemeron left the band. This set-back did not hinder the unholy making of new, faster and more technical evil songs - "Nocturnal Blasphemies", "Spawn Of Azathoth", "Church Of The Pentagram", "Ritual Mutilation" and the legendary "Incantation". These new songs fully stated that Grotesque never compromised one way or the other... They had only gotten blacker, more evil and intense. Renowned tattoo artist and guitarist "The Haunting" had joined the band in the beginning of the year, bringing in a new dimension of brutality into Grotesque. In August 1990 Grotesque did the "Incantation" recording (3 songs for the Dolores Records mini album).


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RIPPED FROM THE CROSS 1988 DEMO

Only traded among friends.

TRACK LISTING:
- Intro
- Ripped from the Cross
- Shadows of Lost Life
- Moondance Prophecy

 

THE BLACK GATE IS CLOSED 1989 DEMO

Xeroxed covers. Recorded onto studio tapes usually white or black. No lyrics.

TRACK LISTING:
- Bestial Summoning
- Blood Runs from the Altar
- Angels Blood

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