Godthrymm - A Grand Reclamation

United Kingdom’s Godthrymm, have unleashed upon the metal world, a devastating EP of doom that is sure to be the beginning of a long and prosperous career spreading misery from one end of the world to the other. In that is where the prosperity lay. “A Grand Reclamation” is certainly bound to be one of the best releases for doom metal in 2018. These 4 tracks are so thick with agony, despair, and other severe expressions of melancholy, that you’ll find it utterly enthralling to say the least. Also, there was something oddly familiar about this release in reference to the guitars. When I looked to see who the band members were, I was pleasantly surprised to see that My Dying Bride guitarist Hamish Glencross is one of the 4 band members. His sheer six string devastation is not to take away from the other members, however. Lee (guitars), Rich (bass), and Shaun (drums), are equally as devastating as their counterpart, and mesh into a unit of doom metal perfection. Not quite sure who does the vocals, though, as the credits do not say. In any event, this piece of metallic madness is so tragically sickening.

The riffage is pure doom metal heaven! You can hear elements of early Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, Sleep, and even early Cathedral. Quite intriguing to say the least, as the band goes from the gritty doom riffage to a more clean, almost acoustic style. All through the CD it’s an up and down roller coaster of emotion. Whatever is presented is done so with a pride for the art and a sense of direction that only true fans of this genre can fathom. The drum work, for the most part, is traditional in regards to the type of music played but, if one listens closely, you can pick up vibes of slight technical and progressive elements which only enhances the overall enjoyment of these 4 tracks. The bass is mixed quite well and represents a thundering foundation on which the riffs seems to flow effortlessly. Musically, this is about as good as it gets! The vocals sound odd at first, but after a couple of listens, they really grow on you. They are like a mixture of Candlemass, solitude Aeturnus, (F.o.E. era) Cathedral, Sabbat, and (Burnt Offerings era) Iced Earth. Quite and eclectic mix, but one that serves its purpose flawlessly and without disappointment.

I’m very pleased with this release. It’s one of those pieces that quickly sets a mood and holds you there for the duration. There are bands out there writing songs twice as long, but they aren’t half as good. Fans of this genre need to sit up and take notice of Godthrymm. This CD was released by Transcending Records so contact them about adding this to your collection. If you like any of the above mentioned bands, it would be well worth your time and money spent to check this out!


  1. A Grand Reclamation
  2. Sacred Soil
  3. The Pantheon
  4. Forevermore