Review – Graves at Sea: This Place is Poison

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Graves at Sea: This Place is Poison
Doom Metal
Eolian Empire
April 8th, 2014
Release length: 19:50
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Arizona’s short lived Doom Metal sensation Graves at Sea have recently reactivated, this time in Portland, Oregon. Their latest two-track EP This Place is Poison marks their first new recording since their 2005 split with Asunder, and gets the full seven-inch vinyl treatment through Eolian Empire. Is this a resurrection worth taking note of, or is this EP not even worth it?

“This Place is Poison” carries raw audio and layered harsher rasps that compliment the pitch black atmosphere behind the hypnotic grooves and few melodic sections perfectly. But it’s the over thirteen minute “Orchid + Lord of This World” that will grab you. The extensive acoustic piece meets with varied marching drum patterns and audio samples for five minutes before the abrasive bass-heavy music kicks in. The slower pace is met with Stoner Rock chords on occasion, giving the crushing song a smoky environment right down to the solid guitar solo and simpler groove about ten minutes in. The only thing that could have been better is if it met with the same fate the song started with and not the quicker complexity it has. But, by the end you’ll have the urge to go to your favorite (or the most suiting) vice, flip the record, and experience this solid Doom Metal EP all over again.

01. This Place is Poison – 6:36
02. Orchid + Lord of This world – 13:13
Initial Pressing Score: 9/10

Graves at Sea
Graves at Sea

Digital review copy of this release provided by Eolian Empire via Earsplit PR.