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Graves At Sea - The Curse That Is (2016) - Review

Band: Graves At Sea
Album title: The Curse That Is
Release date: 1 April 2016
Label: Relapse Records

Tracklist:
01. The Curse That Is
02. Dead Eyes
03. Tempest
04. The Ashes Made Her Beautiful
05. This Mental Sentence
06. Waco 177
07. Luna Lupus Venator
08. Minimum Slave

The re-emerged Portland (USA) based quartet Graves At Sea is back with a new full-lenght, after issuing a series of highly regarded demos and splits, plus going through some line-up changes. Well, Graves At Sea scored some beautiful tunes on this album, a long awaited one, in the making for almost 15 years, but still full of hype. The Curse That Is is without any doubt a well put together album, it's full of groove and special attitude, it's a well sorted mix od doom, drone and sludge, with a Down's Nola vibe which is nothing but a plus for me, I spot a very strong personality, but with some references to Kylesa, Eyehategod and Electric Wizard that doesn't hurt either. The songwriting is very well shaped, songs are very solid and well played, the production is a little bit too polished for the genre, but fits very well with the melodic content. I really enjoyed the atmosferic addition to the granitic riffs, such is violin, cello and female voices. For me the climax on this album comes with the main riff on "Dead Eyes". If you are a fan of High On Fire, Kylesa, Electric Wizard and YOB to name a few, then this is a must have album for you. I really hope to see them live very soon, because those songs must be a blast when played on stage.

"We aren't chosen, we are born
 Get off your knees, take what is yours"

Review written by: Tank
Rating: 8/10

Disclaimer: This is a guest review and it does not necessarily represent the point of view of the Terra Relicta staff.

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Band: Kolhoosi 13
Album title: Monuments Of Power
Release date: 2 August 2016
Label: Cryo Chamber

Kolhoosi 13 have perfected the art of subtly portraying a concept which is often not so subtle. Kolhoosi 13 use a combination of drones, field recordings, and various instrumentation to build waves of sound which wash over the listener efortlessly. They clearly have an full understanding of the various intricacies of the dark ambient world and have molded them effortlessly to their own style. Monuments Of Power has an extremely high replay value, as the album is full of subtleties which will slowly take form before the listener. Where some albums of this genre can be easily summarized and memorized within the first few listens, you'll find that Monuments Of Power still has secrets to unfold long after the first play-through. The subtlety blended with the martial element make for a very unique experience, as so often, martial and noisy can be synonymous.

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