• Satan Claus is coming to town - A review of Grim Christmas' Grim Christmas

    Grim Christmas - Grim Christmas (2018)

    Do you believe in Satan?

    I used to believe in Santa. Does that count?

    Just like this idiotic dialogue from Kevin Smith's controversial cult comedy movie Yoga Hosers, Grim Christmas' self-titled debut record combines Satan and Santa Claus. Jon Lervold, the man behind this odd one-man project who plays all instruments simplistically and sings all the vocals simplistically, intended to simplistically convert public domain Christmas carols to minor keys reimagined in the context of black metal.

    This is a joke but a solid joke because it only lasts fourteen and a half minutes, including a two-minute long acoustic guitar instrumental closer with "Epilogue: Auld Lang Syne" that actually shows some solid musicianship. It's certainly better than Tarja's suicidal From Spirits and Ghosts (Score for a Dark Christmas). This record here is short, funny and entertaining. The grim and frostbitten "Silent Night" and blistering opener "Jingle Bells" are probably the most amusing songs here.

    If you are sick and tired of the same old carols playing in exchangeable shopping malls between Halloween and Christmas, you can have a brief laugh with this entertaining release. Once you have listened to it, you can shelve it for the next twelve months and play it to your friends in the future. Grim Christmas is good for what it is, no more, no less.

    Final rating: 50%

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