Graves At Sea are a band from the Western United States that has been featured before in this zine and plays a mixture of black metal, doom and sludge and this is a review of their 2016 album "The Curse That Is" which will be released in April by Relapse Records.
Distorted drones start off the album and after a minute the music gets more heavy and melodic along with all of the musical instruments sounding very powerful and the vocals are screams that are close to black metal while the riffs mix in the heaviness of sludge and doom metal and most of the tracks are very long and epic in length.
When solos and leads are utilized they stick to more of a dark and melodic sludge/doom metal direction and acoustic guitars along with violins can also be heard in certain sections of the recording and you can hear some 70's influences but mixed in with more of a very modern and heavy sound and all of the songs stick to a very slow and dark musical direction from beginning to ending of the recording and they also bring in a brief instrumental before returning back to a heavier direction on the last track.
Graves At Sea creates a recording that takes black metal vocals and mixes it in with the heavy style of sludge and doom metal while also throwing in violins and acoustic guitars at times to create another very dark yet heavy recording, t he production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Witchcraft and Darkness.
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 this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Dead Eyes" "This Mental Sequence" and "Minimum Slave". 8 out of 10.