Gimli, Son of Glóin
I'm sure many of you reading this have been in this position, you're trawling around Bandcamp or Spotify or whatever service you use, looking for new music or hidden gems and you find something you had no idea you were even looking for until it slapped you across the face.
This is exactly what happened when I discovered Gimli, Son of Glóin from Southampton UK. While adding some music to my wishlist to buy at a later date, I spotted a distorted image of John Rhys-Davies accompanied by a ridiculous death metal band logo so I dove right in and boy am I glad I did!
This is a band that passed me by and I may be late on the uptake, for all I know they could be huge and I just missed them but if like me, you are unaware, Gimli, Son of Glóin play what they describe as "Metal, minus those boring verses, choruses and solos, thus leaving only the most metal of song components; riffs and slams." After listening to their body of work I can confidently say this is the most accurate of descriptions.
All tracks are named after the band's namesake and his adventurers as well as the two EP releases which are titled The Most Noble Adventures of Erebor's Finest Son, In His Quest To Butcher Orcs And Save The World from January 2019 and December 2020's follow up At Last; Durin's Mightiest Son Returns To The Field Of Battle With Axe In Hand And Glory In His Heart!
The music is complex and damn heavy, insanely tight blast beats and double pedal work pulverise the listener while a bass tone that is hard to describe and is as heavy as it is alien-sounding underpins the lightning-fast guitar work, all intersected with brilliant and often hilarious samples from the Lord of the Rings trilogy of movies. Bands such as this show that death metal can have a sense of humour and still absolutely slam, both of these releases are heavy as hell, brutal and loud yet still hit a groove and the sample placement is perfect on each and every track, where you'd usually get some sample from a cult horror movie or a programmed scream, here you get snippets of Dwarven wisdom and humour and it's bloody excellent.
Being a huge fan of LOTR and Gimli himself such as I am does help, but even if you're not overly familiar with the franchise but love instrumental, brutal death metal with a tongue in cheek twist then you're also in for a treat.
Gimli, Son of Glóin are:
Tom O'Dell - Guitars, Drum programming, Sampling
Tom Abbey - Bass, Sampling
Gimli, Son of Glóin - Vocals