“…totally ruthless…” — BrooklynVegan
BooklynVegan is currently streaming “On All Fours,” the latest single from West Coast deathgrind outfit DEATHGRAVE. The track comes by way of the band’s It’s Only Midnight full-length, set to drop on April 14th via Tankcrimes.
Comprised of longtime scene veterans, DEATHGRAVE is Greg Wilkinson (Autopsy, Brainoil, ex-Laudanum, ex-Graves At Sea), bassist Fern Alberts (Amber Asylum, ex-Bird, ex-Ringwurm), vocalist Andre Cornejo (ex-Cyanic, ex-Bird, ex-Casket Blaster), and Clint Zane (Owl, Hazzards Cure, ex-Isotope) who joined the band on drums in 2018. It’s Only Midnight dives deeper into the realms of grindcore while lacing new dimensions to their sound. The drums add polyrhythms and complex time signatures in a seemingly effortless fashion. Meanwhile, the guitar playing combines bizarre chords, fast chainsaw picking, chunky palm mutes, and unnerving echoing melodies into a unified style. Bass lines diverge from the guitar parts highlighting the pulverizing drive of the music. To cap things off, Cornejo delivers the most demanding performance to date. The amalgam of the four members spews out a new and, to be honest, an undefinable sound. To say this is just another grind album would be a vast understatement.
Elaborates Cornejo on “On All Fours,” “I have an old friend that used to work at a really cool sex shop that sold all sorts of interesting products. The spot was located around the block from where I had band practice so I would arrive to the area early and bring lunch for the two of us and I would be treated to the increasingly wild stories of my friend’s time working at this spot. There was one occasion I was perusing the book section and pulled out an instructional book on training someone to be a dog. It was very extensive and while flipping through the mind-blowing contents of this tome, I noticed I was being watched by a couple standing nearby that seemingly approved of my reading selection by whispering ‘good choice; while directing eyes to the book. ‘On All Fours’ was inspired by the rollercoaster of possibilities that flooded my imagination and the fun that took place discussing said possibilities of that memorable day at the sex shop.”
Stream DEATHGRAVE’s “On All Fours,” now playing at BrooklynVegan, HERE.
Watch the band’s previously released video for “Your Rulers Are Here” at THIS LOCATION.
It’s Only Midnight will be released on CD and limited edition LP in three color variants (Cloudy Blue, Blue inside Clear w/ Smoke, and Red and Blue Wings w/ Splatter). A cassette edition will be released via a partnership with Transylvanian Records.
Find CD preorders HERE and LP preorders HERE.
DEATHGRAVE will play a special record release show next month in San Jose before joining Necrot and Mortiferum for a Western US tour in May. See all confirmed dates below.
4/15/2023 LVL Uproar – San Jose, CA Record Release Show w/ Spinebreaker, Los Huaycos, Mokosos
w/ Necrot, Mortiferum:
5/12/2023 Brick by Brick – San Diego, CA
5/13/2023 1720– Los Angeles, CA
5/14/2023 Nile Underground – Mesa, AZ
5/15/2023 Sister – Albuquerque, NM
5/16/2023 Hi Dive – Denver, CO
5/17/2023 Ace’s High Saloon – Salt Lake City, UT
5/18/2023 Holland Project – Reno, NV *no Necrot
5/19/2023 Cafe Colonial – Sacramento, CA
5/20/2023 Eli’s Mile High Club – Oakland, CA
Spawned in 2013, DEATHGRAVE began to weave its own breed of metal based out of San Jose, Califorrnia. The band initially grabbed elements from many punk and metal bands like Siege, Rudimentary Peni, Napalm Death, Impetigo, Godflesh, and Zeni Geva as well as their own previous bands, and many others, yet their actual musical output never shared a similar sound to the aforementioned artists.
Over the past ten years, the band has toured multiple regions throughout North America and kept busy recording. To date, DEATHGRAVE has released a demo, a Mexico tour cassette, four split 7″s, and a debut LP in 2018 which dragged them out from the depths of the underground and into the forefront of the Bay Area’s grind/metal scene. It’s Only Midnight is the second LP on Tankcrimes while marking the first release with their current drummer.
Greg Wilkinson – guitar
Fern Alberts – bass
Andre Cornejo – vocals
Clint Zane – drums