Sunday, September 29, 2013

Grave Upheaval - Untitled

By Dave Schalek. “Murky, moody, and atmospheric” comes to mind in describing Grave Upheaval, a very dark and disturbing death metal band from Australia. Featuring members of both the monstrous Portal and Impetuous Ritual
By Dave Schalek.


“Murky, moody, and atmospheric” comes to mind in describing Grave Upheaval, a very dark and disturbing death metal band from Australia. Featuring members of both the monstrous Portal and Impetuous Ritual, it comes as no surprise that Grave Upheaval continue a proud tradition with extremely downtuned death metal played at a generally slow pace.

Photo by Dave Schalek

Rather than just being a carbon copy of either Portal or Impetuous Ritual, though, Grave Upheaval wisely chart a slightly different course by emphasizing an unbelievable sense of density and weight; a vibe greatly enhanced by a thoroughly bottom heavy production. Think bands such as Witchrist/ Diocletian, and you’re in the ballpark. A rather surprising amount of variation occurs within a nearly impenetrable layer of murk as the pacing alternates between that of a glacier and a chaotic whirlwind. The slower moments pile on the atmosphere and allow the listener to catch some of the riffing, which would have otherwise been buried. Adding further to a weird sense of unease surrounding Grave Upheaval are some hauntingly delivered vocals, as well as the band’s choice to eschew a title to the album, or to the individual songs for that matter.

Photo by Dave Schalek

Although not particularly original, the debut full-length from Grave Upheaval will certainly attract listeners of similar acts.


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