Portland doom miscreants, GRAVES AT SEA, will embark upon a European live incursion later this month alongside fellow riff-worshippers SOURVEIN. Set to initiate with what’s bound to be a cataclysmic performance at this year’s Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, the band will punish twenty-four locales, which also takes in Doom Over Leipzig & DesertFest London, with the trek coming to a ceremonious close at Heavy Days In Doomtown in Denmark.
GRAVES AT SEA will drop their This Place Is Poison twelve-inch EP upon the living this Spring via the menace merchants at Eolian Empire. Their first release since 2005’s scathing split with Asunder, This Place Is Poison was tracked by drummer Bryan Sours (ex-Subarachnoid Space) and Steve Lobdell at Audible Alchemy and mastered by Ryan Foster at Foster Mastering on their home turf. Side A’s “This Place Is Poison” finds the overwhelming, tar-thick sludge for which the band is so notorious smothering ear holes with a deluge of crust-ridden guitars anchored by swampy bass rumbles and planet-fracturing drums all submersed in the deadly howls and shrieks of the damned. On Side B, Black Sabbath’s “Orchid” and “Lord Of This World” get bold revisions: “Orchid” is eroded beyond its essence into a morose march towards death while “Lord of This World” gets a grim reconfiguration with grisly riffs, bilious hisses and a blackened atmosphere that takes the original to a dark, desolate realm of desperation and despair.
Gushes the Heavy Metal Tribune in a 5/5 rating, “The crushing riffs of [guitarist] Nick [Phit] right from the start of This Place Is Poison, along with that gloomy outlook that GRAVES AT SEA has, quickly reminds one of the dark arts of bands such as Electric Wizard… At the same time, the band includes some rather groovy moments… giving This Place Is Poison a stoner/doom feel, not unlike acts such as Dopethrone and Acid King, with that slight psychedelia that is invoked on the album.”
Doom or be doomed with a stream of “Orchid” and “Lord Of This World,” currently streaming at Cvlt Nation as part of their ongoing compilation series at THIS LOCATION.
GRAVES AT SEA Spring European Invasion w/ SOURVEIN
10/o4/2014 Roadburn @ Het Patronaat – Tilburg, The Netherlands [info]
11/o4/2014 Doom Over Leipzig @ UT Connewitz – Leipzig, Germany [info]
12/o4/2014 Lovelite – Berlin, Germany
13/o4/2014 Chemiefabrik – Dresden, Germany
14/o4/2014 Ciemna Strona Miasta – Wroclow, Poland
15/o4/2014 Arena – Vienna, Austria
16/o4/2014 AKC Medika – Zagreb, Croatia
17/o4/2014 PornoDiesel – Laussane, Switzerland
18/o4/2014 TBA – Zurich, Switzerland
19/o4/2014 Blue Rose Saloon – Milano, Italy
20/o4/2014 Rocksound – Barcelona, Spain
21/o4/2014 Mogambo – San Sebastian, Spain
22/o4/2014 La Boite – Madrid, Spain
23/o4/2014 A Casa Tomada – A Corunha, Spain
24/o4/2014 SWR Metalfest – Barroselas, Portugal
25/o4/2014 Heretic Club – Bordeaux, France
26/o4/2014 Le Klub – Paris, France
27/o4/2014 DesertFest @ The Underworld – London, England [info]
28/o4/2014 The Lughole – Sheffield, England
29/o4/2014 The Roadhouse – Manchester, England [info]
30/o4/2014 Music City – Antwerp, Belgium
01/o5/2014 Magasin 4 – Bruxelles, Belgium
02/o5/2014 Hafenklang – Hamborg, Germany
03/o5/2014 Heavy Days In Doomtown – Copenhagen, Denmark [info]
This Place Is Poison will be released via Eolian Empire on 12” vinyl on April 15th, 2014. The EP will be limited to 1000 copies and come available on 140-gram black wax in black inner sleeve with a standard metallic gold on black jacket and one-sided metallic gold on black insert with an included download code.
Pre-Orders will be limited to 300! Order your copy TODAY at THIS LOCATION.
Source: Earsplit PR
Photo Credit: James Rexroad