In addition, title track “The Curse That Is” recently premiered via The Obelisk, and can be heard HERE:
GRAVES AT SEA’s long-awaited debut full-length The Curse That Is is a tour-de-force of incredible magnitude nearly fifteen years in the making. The album will see a worldwide release on April 1st via Relapse Records. Physical preorders are available at Relapse.com, and digital preorders can be found at the band’s BandCamp page.
After issuing a series of highly-regarded demos and splits and having recently cut their teeth performing the mainstages of Maryland Deathfest, Roadburn and numerous other festivals, GRAVES AT SEA unleashes its strongest, most ear-shattering material to date. Engineered by Greg Wilkinson (Noothgrush, Brain Oil) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, YOB), The Curse That Is effortlessly fuses colossal walls of feedback-laden sound with gargantuan riffs that crush and crawl with the weight of mountains alongside thunderous rhythms meant to tear a hole in this dying earth. Coupled with self-loathing lyrics of torment and demise, the listener is engulfed in wave upon wave of aural misery throughout the over seventy-minute ride through Hell.
In conjunction with the release of The Curse That Is, GRAVES AT SEA will also be embarking on a two-week-long US tour alongside Order Of The Owl. Venues have just been announced. Check out a full itinerary below.
w/ Order Of The Owl:
4/11/2016 The Bad Earl – Atlanta, GA
4/12/2016 Mothlight – Ashville, NC
4/13/2016 The Jinx 912 – Savannah, GA
4/14/2016 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
4/15/2016 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
4/16/2016 Kung Fu Necktie (Early Show) – Philadelphia, PA
4/17/2016 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
4/18/2016 Middle East – Boston, MA
4/19/2016 Spirit – Pittsburgh, PA
4/20/2016 Ace Of Cups – Columbus, OH
4/21/2016 Sanctuary – Detroit, MI
4/22/2016 TBA – Madison, WI
4/23/2016 Rock Island Brewing Company – Rock Island, IL
4/24/2016 Reggie’s Live – Chicago, IL
GRAVES AT SEA was forged in 2002 by friends Nick Phit and Nathan Misterek, with then-members Roger Williams and Steve Klatz (RIP). After self-releasing a demo titled Documents Of Grief, they toured extensively and were quickly noticed by Greg Anderson of Southern Lord/SunnO))), who released their Cirrohosis/Atavist Arise seven-inch in 2004. Later in 2005, the band released a split with friends Asunder on Life Is Abuse (CD) and 20 Buck Spin (vinyl). In 2007, GRAVES AT SEA went through a lineup change when Misterek moved to Oakland, California and Phit moved to Portland, Oregon. In 2008, after playing two final shows with Chiyo Nukaga (Noothgrush) on drums and Miguel Veliz (ex-Sourvein, The Roller) on bass, the band broke up. Four years later, however, they decided to reunite with Nukaga on drums and Greg Wilkinson (Brainoil) on bass, but due to touring constraints, Nukaga and Wilkinson decided to step down.
2013 marked the band’s first venture to Europe, with a lengthy tour, in addition to a string of West Coast performances. 2014 brought forth their first new material since 2005 – GRAVES AT SEA issued a split LP with Sourvein on Seventh Rule Records at the start of their second European tour (this time with Sourvein), a journey that also included appearances at Roadburn Festival and SWR Festival. The split with Sourvein was quickly followed by an EP on Eolian Records titled This Place Is Poison and numerous live US appearances, including performances at Maryland Deathfest and California’s Day Of The Shred Festival. Now, after having joined forces with renowned independent label Relapse Records, GRAVES AT SEA are poised to unveil their anticipated debut, The Curse That Is.