Grave Miasma belongs to the group of bands that put quality over time. Starting in 2006, after having operated under the name of Goat Molestör for four years, the trio unleashed a fist EP called ‘Exalted Emanation’ in 2009. The full-length debut though took a bit longer. ‘Odori Sepulcrorum’ escaped the darkness in 2013 and eight years later, the band released their second album.
‘Abyss of Wrathful Deities’ is the title of the sophomore record, an album being the carrier for nine massive death metal anthems. The opener ‘Guardians of Death’ is more than solely the starting point for this longplayer. The track is a statement and a hellish exhibition for what to expect from this release. Howling guitars, massive riffs, a heavy pounding rhythm section and bloodcurdling vocals is what this oldschool inspired death metal release offers.
Rooted in a higher pace, Grave Miasma works with breaks in a great fashion, moments, that breaks the flow in a good way, which allows the six minutes and longer songs to spread their diabolic thrill from start to finish. ’Abyss of Wrathful Deities’ is aggressive and shares a hellish vibe that is weaved into songs like ‘Ancestral Waters’.
Another song I can recommend to listen to is ‘Under the Megalith’, a musical experience with a sinister beginning and a massive wall of riff power. Heaviness doesn’t necessarily means speed, that is what the song manifests clearly.
A kind of alien element on this album is the acoustic ‘Interlude’ but happy sounds is what you can’t expect here either. ‘Interlude’ is more of a sinister acoustic bridge to ‘Exhumation Rites’, the title of the next throbbing riff monster.
Grave Miasma from London, UK invested quite some time in creating this album and having listened to this riff feast several times leads to just one conclusion: Time spent very well. This album is the outlook to the abyss by thematizing mysterious Tibetan burial rites and shamanic passages to other worlds. Massive and impressive, these are the two words that describe this album best.
- Guardians of Death
- Ancestral Waters
- Erudite Decomposition
- Under the Megalith
- Demons of the Sand
- Exhumation Rites
- Kingdoms Beyond Kailash
Label: Sepulchral Voices Records
Genre: Death Metal
Release Date EU: May 14th, 2021