In 2004 an Italian band named Grimness released their debut album, bearing the title Increase Humanity Disgust. Another full-length, Trust In Decay, followed the debut in 2008, but the band have been dormant since then. Of the musicians who recorded the debut, guitarist/vocalist Valerio Di Lella spent time with Novembre, and is Eyeconoclast’s current vocalist; drummer Jonah Padella and guitarist Andrea Chiodetti became members of The Foreshadowing; and bassist Willer Donandoni joined Black Land. But Grimness is rumbling to life again, with Giulio Moschini from Hour of Penance joining the band on bass in preparation for live re-appearances — and with a special reissue of the debut album coming in May.
The reissue will be entitled A Decade of Disgust, reflecting not only the band’s longevity but also the fact that the new release will include more than simply the tracks that appeared on the original debut. It also includes six bonus tracks: four songs recorded for a 2002 EP named Dogma, a live version of “Proud To Be Damned”, and an unreleased song from the Trust In Decay recording sessions. And as you can see above, the reissue includes striking new cover art created by Roberto Toderico.
A Decade of Disgust will be released by a new label named The Goatmancer on May 2, 2016 — both CD and digital download. For more info on the release, watch The Goatmancer Facebook page:
I will also pass along the rumor that in addition to live performances ahead, Grimness may be at work on some new material… so if you wanna know how this stellar line-up would sound in 2016, show them some love and don’t miss A Decade of Disgust.
People who come here often know that I really dislike posting anything at our site without including music, and it happens that I do have a recently uploaded track from A Decade of Disgust to share with you. The name of the song is “N.D.E.” It’s a boiling cauldron of black metal and death metal, loaded with both fleet-fingered guitar incineration and jarring drum and bass work, as well as feral vocal viciousness. But it also includes slower, grim instrumental sections — because the band’s name is Grimness, after all. With really impressive technical flair on display, it’s like (barely) caged lightning, yet the song has memorable melodic hooks as well.
The song has weathered the passage of time extremely well — you would never know that it was released 12 years ago. And so this reissue isn’t like some historical artifact for collectors to sit on the shelf. It’s a flame that hasn’t gone out, and seems to burn just as intensely now as it must have when first released. It will be interesting to hear the balance of the album, and worth hoping for new works of Grimness as well.