Album Review: She Must Burn – Grimoire

Photo Courtesy Artery Recordings website

Band: She Must Burn
Album: Grimoire
Release Date: March 3, 2017
Record Label: Artery Recordings

When I was first asked to review London based She Must Burn, that is described as Deathcore infused Black Metal, I have to admit that even I was hesitant. I love metal, almost everything about it is what I love about music; Crafty guitar work, blast beats galore, punishing bass lines and either chaotic or beautiful vocals (depending on male or female vocalist and their style). That being said, when you take one of the sub-genres I love and mix it with a sub-genre that I am slowly drifting away from, I started to get a little scared. The more I get into Black Metal, the less I want to listen to a genre that ends in “core,” there’s something about a great black metal song that feels real and true. . Sorry trve ;). Where as Deathcore, well it all starts to sound the same where you have some catchy, groove going and then a couple minutes into the song and here comes the breakdown, it gets a little old and watered down for my taste.

That being said, She Must Burn, takes the elements that I enjoy in Deathcore and some of the elements of Black Metal that I love, harsh vocals and rawness, and turn it into something pure. Think if Bleeding Through crossed paths with Cradle of Filth and made an album together, that’s basically what Grimoire is, the album you never knew you wanted. Now, don’t get me wrong, this album is not for someone that listens to Black Metal only. In fact if She Must Burn were playing with Carach Angren or Behemoth, I would be slightly disappointed during their set, though I wouldn’t hate it. Totally different story if they were playing with a band like Despised or Carnifex, in fact I would love to see them on a tour like that, and oh yeah, that tour just ended like 2 days ago.

Grimoire consists of nine tracks and is just over a half hour long, quite honestly I do wish the album had a couple more songs on it. Male vocalist Joseph Sinclair, really has quite the range from the black metal-esque vocal style you hear in “The Wicked,” to the more Deathcore vocal style in “From the Grave” a voice that is greatly complimented by keyboardist and female vocalist Annina Melisa. Annina brings to the She Must Burn what Anna Murphy (Ex-Eluveitie) brought to Eluveitie throughout their discography, a beautiful and powerful voice, yet with a slight Amy Lee sound, and it compliments both the Black Metal and Deathcore style very well. One of my favorite tracks on the album is in fact the final song on the album “After Death” it has great parts from both vocalists and is one hell of a way to end an album. Sure to be a great set closer as well, catch them live  to see for yourself.

Grimoire is out now and available through Artery Recordings as well as through iTunes and Spotify, while it may not make my personal collection, it is definitely worth checking out and I would definitely support a live show of theirs. If you are looking for something to do, and you see that She Must Burn is playing in your town, do yourself a favor and go check em out, you are sure to leave with a smile on your face and probably a very achy neck from head banging!

Rating: 3.5/5

RIYL: Cradle of Filth, Carnifex, Bleeding Through, Deafheaven

Grimoire track listing:

1. Ritual
2. The Wicked (ft. Scott Ian Lewis of Carnifex)
3. Gloom (ft. Sean Harmanis of Make Them Suffer)
4. Hallowed Grounds
5. Victoria
6. A False Heaven
7. From the Grave
8. Roseblood
9. After Death

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