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Graves At Sea - The Curse That Is (2016) - Review

Band: Graves At Sea
Album title: The Curse That Is
Release date: 1 April 2016
Label: Relapse Records

Tracklist:
01. The Curse That Is
02. Dead Eyes
03. Tempest
04. The Ashes Made Her Beautiful
05. This Mental Sentence
06. Waco 177
07. Luna Lupus Venator
08. Minimum Slave

The re-emerged Portland (USA) based quartet Graves At Sea is back with a new full-lenght, after issuing a series of highly regarded demos and splits, plus going through some line-up changes. Well, Graves At Sea scored some beautiful tunes on this album, a long awaited one, in the making for almost 15 years, but still full of hype. The Curse That Is is without any doubt a well put together album, it's full of groove and special attitude, it's a well sorted mix od doom, drone and sludge, with a Down's Nola vibe which is nothing but a plus for me, I spot a very strong personality, but with some references to Kylesa, Eyehategod and Electric Wizard that doesn't hurt either. The songwriting is very well shaped, songs are very solid and well played, the production is a little bit too polished for the genre, but fits very well with the melodic content. I really enjoyed the atmosferic addition to the granitic riffs, such is violin, cello and female voices. For me the climax on this album comes with the main riff on "Dead Eyes". If you are a fan of High On Fire, Kylesa, Electric Wizard and YOB to name a few, then this is a must have album for you. I really hope to see them live very soon, because those songs must be a blast when played on stage.

"We aren't chosen, we are born
 Get off your knees, take what is yours"

Review written by: Tank
Rating: 8/10

Disclaimer: This is a guest review and it does not necessarily represent the point of view of the Terra Relicta staff.

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Band: Dawn Of Oblivion
Album title: Phoenix Rising
Release date: 25 April 2015
Label: M&A MusicArt

Phoenix Rising is a work that leads the listener through many different emotional, dark and mystical states, and thus serves with many musical variations all centered around deep gloomy and atmospheric gothic metal. Even though Dawn Of Oblivion don't discover any new territories soundwise, they carefully blend those typical 90s gothic metal lines, so familiar to the maestros of the genre like are Tiamat and Paradise Lost, with some guitar riffs used by Therion on Theli or Vovin, and to make the thing even more audacious and sinister they add a pinch of black metal and doom elements on a couple of occasions, but yet at the same time they don't forget that their heritage is in gothic rock. Many elements could resemble to The Sisters Of Mercy or even more to The Fields Of Nephilim. Still, some oriental vibes, like used in the miffed iconic goth metal piece "Anubis", or floydian ambiances in the emotional and soothing "Within The Realms Of The King Of Amur" that are similar to those used back then by Tiamat on Wildhoney or on A Deeper Kind Of Slumber make their sound special in many ways. Dawn Of Oblivion with this album showed that it's still possible to make astounding things within the gothic metal realms.

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