Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Gravehill-Death Curse

It doesn't matter what style of music you're talking about, nothing beats a good tune. Over the years I've heard many bands. However, they were pretty damn fast and would certainly be considered extreme in the underground world. Gravehill plays a style of brutal blackened death/thrash  metal very much their own. This band possesses one of the thickest sounds in thrash. And when it came to songwriting these guys are simply incredible. Stylistically, Gravehill has similarities to bands like Venom, Possessed, early Hallow's Eve, a bit of Nasty Savage, Sarcofago, Autopsy,etc... They play a style of thrash with little influences of hardcore punk as well, In reality though, they truly have a sound all their own. Much of this has to do with their tremendously well-written and catchy songwriting. These guys know how to use catchy choruses and hooks to their benefit without ever sounding remotely poppy. Vocalist Mike Abominator has one of the most badass vocal deliveries of all time and one which is very unique for this style . Very punked out and delivered with tons of attitude, his raspy, spitfire style growl is timeless and inimitable. The musicianship on "At hell's command" is also superb, awesome leads, and heavy duty riffage, kick ass bassist , yet killer and dynamic rhythm attack, and drumming is wicked and tight, all add up to make "Death curse" one of the most powerful and fun thrash cds of all-time and an album which will sound very fresh for a long time. It's just such a well thought-out cd and each song is highly memorable to the point where the tunes will get stuck in your head. I couldn't imagine anyone who is a Death/thrash fanatic not having "Death curse" in their collection. Simply put: it's fuckin' awesome!!
Review by Paul caravasi

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