Greek death metal act Gravewards will release the full-length debut album "Ruinous Ensoulment" on July 27th through Unspeakable Axe Records (the album will be available through international distribution channels on August 31st). Check out the new track "Sworn in Denial - Omega Syndrome" streaming in the player above and pre-orders now at this location.
Appearing almost completely from thin air, Gravewards made a small but intense impression with the 2017 demo "Subconscious Lobotomy." That independently-released 4-track tape was the kind of death metal too rarely heard in recent years, having the spirit of the original bands but not married to any particular influence or scene. Rather than emulating an album or style they loved, the band paid some homage to the sounds of the 1990's while finding a unique way forward. Now the debut full-length "Ruinous Ensoulment" is here and it delivers thoroughly on the promise and the mission statement of the demo. Seven bludgeoning tracks and one intro deep, this album has the band reaching a very early peak in the band's blossoming career. Songs are technical without descending into wankery, often utilizing the kind of backward, nightmare-logic riffs that initially separated death metal from thrash, but which many bands now have either discarded in favor of straightforward Slayerisms or pushed to an incomprehensible extreme.
Gravewards finds fertile ground in between, delivering one line after another that is somehow incredibly catchy but also very unique. These passages often give way to either groovy mid-tempo parts or bursts of full-on melody, without ever becoming saccharine - again, a degree of good taste is shown that is too rare in a genre where bands like to find what works and then double or triple down on it. Over these well-developed compositions, vocals are less growls than the shouts of a crazed demon choking on the blood of its enemies. Nothing about "Ruinous Ensoulment" is rote or easily expected; instead Gravewards marks out its own territory with the creativity and fearlessness that was more prevalent when the genre was still new.
The track listing and album artwork can be found here:
1. Intro 2. Sworn In Denial - Omega Syndrome 3. Souls Twisted Beyond Recognition 4. Crypt Spawned Psychosis 5. Deconstruction Of Logic 6. Thresholds Of Lunacy 7. Abyssal Soul Devourment 8. Devoid Of Life