Side A of this crusher is ruled by two scathing numbers from Portland, Oregon's GRAVES AT SEA, whose contributions leave an eerie aura complete with tortured vocals, foreboding composition, and a general sense of dread. Recorded by Billy Anderson, (Melvins, Sleep, Neurosis) "Betting On Black" and "Confession" thunder with the all-consuming sludge for which the band is notorious, flooding in amongst the tortured howls and shrieks of vocalist Nathan Misterek. The resin-coated Cape Fear carnage of SOURVEIN, who've now existed for two decades of distortion, damage and total doom, overthrows the B-Side with three songs produced and recorded by Mike Dean of Corrosion Of Conformity. These odes of heavy -- "Driffter," "Equinox" and "Follow The Light" -- combine toxic riffs, grooves and just the right amount of psychedelic appeal. Both sides were mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Beastmilk, Nails) at Audiosiege Engineering and will be released via Seventh Rule on 160-gram vinyl -- with both a standard black pressing as well as a mailorder-only aqua pressing limited to a mere 100 copies, both including a download card -- as well as CD, this Tuesday, May 13th.
Metal Hammer Magazine is letting the tracks out of the cage early, streaming the entire GRAVES AT SEA/SOURVEIN split now at THIS LOCATION.
Orders for all formats can be placed HERE.
Both bands are also set to play Maryland Deathfest for the first time late this month. SOURVEIN will perform the opening evening of the four-day event, storming Ram's Head Live on Thursday, May 22nd, joining Seven Sisters of Sleep, Whitehorse, Torche, Coffins, Crowbar and Triptykon. GRAVES AT SEA will raid the closing day's lineup, Sunday, May 25th, sharing the Edison Lot stage with Wndhand, Pseudogod, Inquisition, Gorguts and Candlemass.
"Any fan of stoner or doom metal should break out the paraphernalia for this one, because it covers all the bases." - Cvlt Nation
"These bands are to one another both kin and complement, as the sounds thumb a parallel helix yet manage to separate themselves from one another just enough. But that's hardly the success here. Each song on either side serves as its own showcase of a band intent on keeping too many false smiles from polluting our planet. This split simply crushes from either side of the wax. It's a tad bright outside for my squints to adjust, so I'm gonna sit here in my basement, blast this staggering marriage of dissonance and harmony, and wait for the fuzz to pound my front door." - Heavy Planet