Gravehuffer - Depart From So Much Evil - Reviewed By deathbymusic ! Check it out here at this link: https://deathbymusic.co/blogs/album-reviews/posts/7259248/album-review-depart-from-so-much-evil-by-gravehuffer
In the stormy seas of the modern music industry, Gravehuffer has always sailed its own course. Since the dawn of their musical voyage in 2008, they've navigated through many different musical territories with a passionate disregard for boundaries. "Depart From So Much Evil" is their most recent chart, and it exemplifies what has made them stand out - a fearless devotion to their craft and an audacious blend of sonic influences.
The album starts with, "Blueprint For An Early Grave", with many different samples playing; that sets the stage for the sonic journey ahead . The adrenaline doesn’t wane with “Slayberry”, which showcases the band's mastery in blending Grindcore and Punk. Then, as we delve into "The Cryptid And The Iron Bird" and "Brainstorm", we're taken on a roller-coaster of emotions that ebbs and flows, taking listeners through realms of Metal and Grindcore with the precision of a surgeon and the wildness of a storm.
"Go Murder, Pray, And Die" with its ominous undertones serves as a prelude, a haunting forewarning and punk undertones of the epic that’s about to unfold.
The magnum opus of the album, "Depart From So Much Evil", is not just a song; it's a crusade. Inspired by Dante's Divine Comedy, it is a 22-minute odyssey that winds through Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradisio. This colossal track is not just impressive in its length but in its scope. Gravehuffer manifests Dante's allegorical journey of the soul towards God in their own roaring, tumultuous style. The song is segmented, yet fluid; tumultuous, yet poetic. It is a brave endeavor and an outstanding showcase of Gravehuffer's ability to meld literary classics with their unique sound.
The decision to release the album in three distinct vinyl designs, each mirroring a segment of Dante's work, is nothing short of genius. It doesn’t just give fans a collector's item but rather an artifact, something that binds the visual and the auditory in a tangible form.
"Depart From So Much Evil" is an indication of Gravehuffer's audacity and musical prowess. They've taken a myriad of sounds from Crust, Punk, Metal, Grindcore, and Doom, and, rather than letting these genres pull them in different directions, they've crafted a coherent, forceful narrative. This is not just music; it's a new genre, one I was not prepared for, but enjoyed none the less. Gravehuffer is not just in it for the song - they're in it for the saga. And what a saga this is! - deathbymusic
Release Date: Pre-Sale date is August 11, 2023. Official global release date is September 8, 2023
FFO: Voivod, Napalm Death, The Dillinger Escape Plan
Location: Joplin, MO, USA
Since their inception in 2008, Gravehuffer has crafted their sound into an other-worldly amalgamation of Crust, Punk, Metal, Grindcore, and unapologetic down-tuned Sludge-laden Doom. With an assortment of original songs in their repertoire that showcase the vast array of influence the band pulls from and a fearlessness to never conform or compromise, Gravehuffer is in it for the sake of the song. This is evident on their latest release, "Depart From So Much Evil" which features a 22 minute song, of the same title, based on Dante's Divine Comedy with 3 parts, entitled Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradisio in the original Tuscan version. It's now available in 3 vinyl record designs, each based on the 3 parts.
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