This is a review of a split ep between Oregon's Graves At Sea and North Carolina's Sourvein which will be released by Seventh Rule Recordings in 2014 and we will start off the review with Graves At Sea a band that has been featured before in this zine and plays a blackened form of doom/sludge metal.
Their side of the split starts off with some distorted sounding drones before going into a very slow, dark and heavy doom/sludge metal direction along with some black metal screams and after awhile they also bring in some growling vocals, as time goes in by the band brings in a small amount of clean sections while mainly focusing on a heavier sound and both of the tracks they bring to the split are very long and epic in length and you can hear the vocals using some sludge elements on the second song and the music starts having a more stoner vibe to it.
Graves of Sea continue the sound they are very well known for on this split and the music is as heavy is it always is, along wit h a very powerful and heavy sounding production and lyrics that cover dark themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Graves At Sea and if you are a fan of this band, you should enjoy their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Betting On Black".
Next up is Sourvein a band that plays a mixture of sludge and doom metal.
Their side of the split starts off with drum beats and distortion before going into a more 70's doom metal direction along with some melodic vocals and they start getting more aggressive as the music progresses and when they add in guitar solos and leads, the music starts evoking a more retro vibe to it and they also bring in psychedelic elements on the other tracks and there are only 3 songs on their side of the split wit h the last one returning back to the heavier direction of the first song as well as adding in some heavy sounding bass guitars.
Sourvein have a more calm and retro sound than the previous band reviewed with their music before closer to 70's doom metal while also having the modern day elements of sludge being an influence on their sound, along with a very heavy sounding production and lyrics that cover dark and occult themes.
In my opinion Souvein are a very great sounding mixture of sludge and doom metal and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Equinox".
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and I would recommend it to all fans of black, doom and sludge metal. 8 out of 10.