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There's eternal beauty in that which softens your mind, even within the realm of black metal and its oftentimes harsh, devastating aesthetic. It immediately sounds bad to label anything in heavy metal as supple or soft (metal being traditionally pretty damn hard, of course), but it's that distinction or antithesis which transforms some metal into something which feels... beyond. That's what folk-rock poet Erik Gärdefors' project Grift is all about: weaving delicate threads of melancholy into the near-invincible framework of black metal, and then not blasting it through your head like a bullet but rather offering it to your mind on a platter. The project's upcoming album Budet comprises six songs of this character, and we're stoked to unveil the penultimate track below.

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This song oozes with character and vibe, something which easily offsets any desire you might have for chainsaw-ripping black metal -- Grift here on "Vita arkiv" splays out undulating wavelengths of power and sadness, much like they do on the rest of Budet. As the second-to-last song, though, "Vita arkiv" enjoys the positioning which best allows for huge climaxing before the coda. That's exactly what we get with this song, a wonderful ascent and descent that seems to take place automatically rather than being forced or programmed. Easily, Grift's most showstopping work to date.

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Budet releases March 20th via Nordvis.

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