The time after Samhain leading into the traditional holiday season is always unique in most people’s lives. The harvest season is coming to a close; the weather and time are changing. To help ease the transition, the three-piece post-punk/ slowcore outfit from Flint, Greet Death, have released their second full-length release, New Hell (Deathwish inc. ).
Greet Death received a lot of praise on their 2017 release, Dixieland (Flesh and Bone) and much anticipation around their second release. It’s sure to carve a piece out of your heart and nest there. Greet Death pull no punches as they begin this record with an expansive dreamscape created by hazy guitar riffs and melting melodies that rise into the air and blanket the sky with their enormity. Drifting vocals and whispered vocals set the scene as we travel on a journey of emotional self-discovery.
The lush atmospheric sounds create the canvas for the lyrical content that brings us to the gate of emotional availability. Greet Death have essentially mastered the art of the epic poem narrative and condensed it into six-minute tracks where the twists and turns lead us by the wrist.
The crown jewel of this record is the final track, “New Hell” a 10-minute track that sounds like the wavering sounds before the final collapse. Its swaying sounds become the introduction to the song folding in on itself and cracking itself open once again to show its pulp. As the track grows, its lyrics encapsulate the whole album’s theme, “Is this our new hell? Are you my bad dream?”
Throwing their weight around, this album brings out the very best of Greet Death and what the Michigan scene has to offer. The melodic slowcore and post-hardcore sensibilities make this record a solid standout and bring a level of artistry and emotion that is palpable. Greet Death is also embarking on a tour that will end in Lansing, and tickets are available to purchase, and the record is available to steam everywhere.