This Place Is Poison


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Karl Johan Olsson
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Karl Johan Olsson Awesome, Raw and dirty with lots of feeling. Favorite track: Orchid / Lord of This World.
Terry The Ancient 1 Cuyler
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Terry The Ancient 1 Cuyler When I first saw this I might have just ignored Graves At Sea because everybody seems to have a Black Sabbath Cover. But , Lord of this World is a favorite of mine so I gave it a spin and heard what felt like an entirely new song. Favorite track: Orchid / Lord of This World.
Dominic Luke
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Dominic Luke Graves at Sea are, for my money, the very best Sludge band that are active - and this EP shows no signs of them slowing down.

The title track is an original Graves at Sea track and brings the weighty but incredibly groovy guitar riffs I have come to expect combined with Nathan's unique vocals, which flits between a hoarse, almost death growl, and an absolutely superb high pitched shriek (which sounds very much like Edgy59 of Burning Witch fame).

The Black Sabbath cover is also top notch :)
Addam Schimmer
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Addam Schimmer The guitar break around 0:35 on This Place Is Poison is a riff I wish I could steal. If I could put that riff on repeat forever I would. If I am ever pummeled to death I can only hope it is to the drums of this EP. Hail Graves At Sea.
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After a too-long dormancy, underground doom desperados GRAVES AT SEA have risen again. Now based in Portland and buoyed by a killer new rhythm section, the slow-mo sludge sluggers are set to crush all over again, as evidenced on this 12-inch EP. The A-side "This Place Is Poison" brings it all flooding back… ugly, crusted-over guitars anchored away by swampy bass and pounding drums all bathed in tortured howls and pained shrieks, but in shaking off the cobwebs GRAVES AT SEA has emerged reanimated with a heretofore unheard speed… at least when compared to their swamp-crawl slow of the past. On the B-side, Black Sabbath's "Orchid" and "Lord of This World" get bold re-imaginings: "Orchid" is eroded beyond its essence into a morose march toward death, while "Lord of This World" is reconfigured with the grim elements of blackened bleakness from the last 23 years--crust-heavy riffs, sonic shifts, bilious hisses--stunningly taking the original to a dark, frightening place worthy of the titular Lord himself. Devastating, desperate doom.

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released April 8, 2014

ELN24 ::: 3-song 12-inch, 45rpm
[ 1000 copies ]
: 140g black vinyl in black innersleeve
: standard jacket, metallic gold on black
: one-sided metallic gold on black insert
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