This band was formed in 1990 as Mandatory, changed names to Emerald and finally Grief Of Emerald in 1996, still with two of the original members Johnny and Anders.
It all started with a 1995 demo called The Beginning. A MCD called Signs Of A Stormy Past was recorded in 1996. Furthermore, a debut was planned for the bankrupt Deviation label . The band signed to Listenable in 1998 and late in that year released its debut there. The second album's name referred to Christians. The band then played at the Wave Gothik Treffen Festival.
Blum was temporarily out of action in 2002 due to an injury. The band was heard on Celtic Frost and Nunslaughter cover albums in 2003 and 2007 respectively.
The group posted its albums, Nightspawn, Malformed Seed and the most recent Christian Termination, for free download on its website, in 2009. A re-release of these albums was not happening and the group had opted for the Internet instead. The band was working on a new album.
GRIEF OF EMERALD - NIGHTSPAWN - LISTENABLE
A couple of weeks ago, at a friends birthday party, it came up again. Star Wars - The Phantom Menace is not as deep as the original trilogy. Even more sordid, Jar Jar Binks' character is racist. It's the stereotypical depiction of a modern American, er African-American, male. Blah blah blah, puff, huff, blah. For every pro, there is a con. Everyone has their own insight into everything. It's the story of the modern world; a world of analysts and consultants. People who have as much clue about the topic as a monkey. Recently CTV's nightly reports on the war from Kosovo featured an ex- Canadian Army general who seemed to know as much about modern warfare, and whose blabber was as original, as those claims that regurgitated puke like Budweiser and Coors is actually beer! It seems like we are all collectively addicted to deep analyses of every possible topic at hand. Nothing can simply just be. Everything has to be psychoanalysed. Which takes me back to Star Wars, I don't care what modern sensibility dictates. Jar Jar Binks might look like a black man walking down the street. But hey, then at least the movie found room to feature blacks; and so what? It makes the movie no less fun to watch. Spare me from your politically correct juvenile didactics. This movie is a billion times better than Titanic which everyone and their senile grandma went and watched. Just enjoy the goddamn action. N-E-WAY, Grief of Emerald have keyboards, so I am not going to waste my time thinking about them. - Ali "The Metallian"