The Beginning (1997)
Sharing since 1996 the band Tenebrous Dominancy in which performed the role of drummer and bassist respectively, Koraxid and Azarath founded Grievance in May 1997, with the desire of practising modern Black Metal. The first demo arose in July, is a recording of an essay with a voice overdub on cassette audio. The demo was called “Por Entre a Escuridão Outonal”. Koraxid Plays Drums and added Voices and Azarath plays Lead Guitar. The band’s logo was designed in this summer, by Azarath. The band’s name was given by Koraxid and comes from the lyrics of the track “The Burning Shadows of Silence” of the Album “In the Nightside Eclipse” from the Norwegian Black Metal Band Emperor.
Experimental Times (1998-2000)
Grievance begins a new path, with the adding new members – Marco Tomé on Guitar, Azarath now plays Bass Guitar and voice. Koraxid keeps he’s place in the drum throne, and the band is now accompanied by Sergio Pina on trumpet. The path of Black Metal seemed to have been put aside, now with a more experimental band, with a vast crossover metal style. The band started to play live in several places and festivals. Azarath goes out of the country in 2000 and the band slows down its activity for several years, with only sporadic rehearsals and jam sessions with the original line-up.
New Millenium Sessions (2006-2008)
The band is now divided into two countries: Portugal (Caldas da Rainha) and Spain (Algeciras). The band’s lineup is redesigned, with the recruiting of Enjendro in Bass Guitar, Koraxid stays on drums and Azarath plays Guitar and handles the Voice. The second demo of the band is recorded, intitled “The New Millenium Sessions” with only two tracks, that demonstrate the efforts made in the creation of new music, with the band returning to its original style – Black Metal. Two songs recorded in separate sessions, in 2006 and 2007, one in Algeciras (Spain) and another in Axe Farm Studios in Caldas da Rainha (Portugal). Due to the distance between the members, the band’s activity slows down again…
Grievance Goes Solo (2011)
After several years of almost complete inactivity, Koraxid takes over the project, so that it may live on to see the light of day again, and release new material. This was made by mutual and friendly agreement with Azarath, as they both concluded that a band divided by 2 countries is very difficult to maintain, also both the members are occupied with other activities. Now the band’s future is assured and Grievance will maintain its activity for years to come, as a solo statement.
“Retorno” – Full-Length – (2014)
The first full-length album of Grievance, released in February 2014 by the Brazilian Label Nyarlathotep Records. Composed in complete improvisation sessions in The winter of 2011/2012 and mixed in the summer of 2013, “Retorno” is a reverie of occultism, history and inner-struggle. Completely recorded and performed by Koraxid. Koraxid Photo Shoot (Including Cover) By Tiago Da Cruz. No Photoshop effects in the photos, all photography made by analog techniques, in a summer full moon night, 2012. Photo shoot location – Praya D’el Rey, Obidos – Portugal.
“Perante o Céu Infernal” – Single – (2016)
This track was created in one improvisation session solely by Koraxid, who recorded all instruments track by track In ESAD University Sound Studio at Caldas da Rainha (Old-school analogue sound capture and pre-mix), it was a result of an invitation made by students of the sound and image course: André Santos, Bruno Alves, Bruno Vieira and Filipe Nunes. It was reviewed, the lyrics, synth intro and voice were added in late 2015. Remixed and mastered in January 2016 by Koraxid at Axe Farm Studios. It is a stand-alone track for these motives, so it was decided to create a single which fits perfectly for the occasion and also leads for a new musical path in the Grievance sound, perfected in the following full-Length, “Pilar, Pedra e Faca”. Front Cover taken from Tiago da Cruz photo session for the album “Retorno”.
“Pilar, Pedra e Faca” Full-Length – (2016)
The recordings of this album began in September 2013, and were finished in September 2016. There were lots of personal situations blocking the release of this album, Koraxid’s participation in other projects (Medo, Zepyrus), recording and producing other bands in Axe Farm Studios and the creation of Stronghold (A Concert hall in Caldas da Rainha, now closed) were some of the causes of this delay. All of them eventually were dropped in favour of a continuing effort to follow the growth and consolidation of Grievance. All music, lyrics and voices were performed and written by Koraxid, except “Subliminar Voz Interior” – Music performed and written by Tiago da Neta. Special guests for this album: Tiago da Neta (Portuguese Guitar on tracks 06, 08 and 09) and Joaquim “Vulture” Moreira (Electric Bass Guitar in tracks 06 and 07). Front cover drawing by Duarte Cór (2015).
“Em Lucefécit” Full-Length – (2019)
Grievance was preparing a new full-length since 2017, and the idea was to release it in late 2018, early 2019. In the meantime it was intended to release a 7″ vinyl single with 2 songs, including the unreleased track “Corvos Que Esvoaçam”, wich the band is playing live. The 7″ soon became an album, and so it was created another new album, completely recorded and composed between July and October 2018. 7 new tracks and the re-recording of “Corvos Que Esvoaçam”, around 40 minutes of music. The recording and composing of the album has been an herculean task to do in such a short period of time, but nevertheless there are no filler songs. The album was released by War Productions in the 11th February 2019 in 12″ Vinyl format.
Mixed and mastered between October and November of 2018. Cover art by Patricia Guimarães.
Lucefécit: River located on the province of Alentejo, Portugal, near the Spanish border, close to the vilage of Alandroal, known by its “sinful” name, given by the catholic church to divert the “faithful” from its surroundings in the dark ages, old sacred cult place to the Lusitanian pagan deity Endovélico, whose sanctuary is located in an escarpment whose base touches the banks of this river. The name, its origins and the landscape itself inspire a journey to the hidden and the unknown, the deep forces that inebriate the mind. In the third Grievance full-length one circulates among myths and obscure visions, stories passed in valleys, forests and scorching desert lands, these also based on Lucefécit’s landscape. An obscure and meaningful album, rough and ambient, invoking the grandiose and primordial energy that is the genesis of the Black Metal genre.
“Em Lucefécit” or in English “In Lucefécit” can also represent an allegory of a state of consciousness that leads to a greater connection with the source of primordial knowledge, simple, direct, untouched by the contorted action of human thought…
2018 – Early 2020 – Stage assault
The Band played 2 gigs live in 2018, at Vila Nova de Mil Fontes and Santarém, with the adding of live members Mortuum in Drums, War Faust in Bass Guitar, Urutu in Rhythm Guitar and WrathWulf in Lead Guitar. Koraxid handled the voice. In late August WrathWulf left the live lineup and was replaced by Dom Dracul. This live appearances started a new phase in the band with the adding of the live line-up, and the return to the stage, after a almost 20 year hiatus. 2019 and early 2020 were times of growth, the band played live in several venues and festivals throughout Portugal, in January 2020 Grievance has participated in the Wacken Metal Battle Portugal contest to secure mostly a place in the stage of SWR Barroselas, and that goal was also achieved. Then, all was stopped due to the pandemic assault of COVID-19.
Late 2020 – A new album
December 2020 marks a new chapter in the history of Grievance with the release of the band’s fourth full-length “Nos Olhos da Coruja”, a split release by War Productions (PT) and Void Wanderer Productions (NL), this album will be released in CD format, a 6-panel Digipack. 200 copies will be pressed. More info about this new release will be available very soon.