A real hybrid of punk, alternative rock, metal and acid-drenched jamming!
Gravedale High was formed back in 2006 by Dave Billinge and Rory Matheson, with one purpose; playing kickass horror-themed punk rock. The band has played alongside some of the best in the genre including, The Misfits, Blitzkid, The Creepshow, The Brains, Zombina and the Skeletones and many others. The band’s debut album ‘Good Sense of Horror’ was released in 2012. Towards the end of last year Gravedale High released the “Aux Morts”.
Listening to Gravedale High delivers sensations of primal urges and madness, bringing a visceral thrill into your body. Gravedale High are all that is twisted about punk rock – loud, obnoxious, smart, and best of all, fun. The collection of 4 tracks that make up “Aux Morts” is a decent overview of what this band is capable of, as it encapsulates some of their best moments. What makes them so very good, is that they know what they do well and they do it better than anyone. What we have here is an amazingly sharp, dense, harsh and muscular sonic attack.
The songs never drag, actually “Aux Morts” is remarkably fast-paced. Death is with me launches things off with a menacing prowl, Pere lachaise kicks things into high gear, Cyclopia hints at the craziness still to come, with Exhumed providing the closing out, catch-your-breath cacophony.
Lyrically, there may be some mystery about what exactly Gravedale High is trying to say, but the messages come through in the cataclysmic vocals that they cut loose, and add to the already potent musical combo.
Overall, this is an incredibly powerful collection of songs and represents a real hybrid of punk, alternative rock, metal and acid-drenched jamming! Rarely does a band hit the mark in bringing their conception of a certain sound to fruition in the studio. Although fairly polished, by punk-rock standards, there remains a loose, raw live feel that helps the recording stand up to repeated listening.
Naming highlights is an exercise in futility as the recordings maintain a stunning consistence from beginning to end. “Aux Morts” contains a set of mind-blowing rock numbers, played with a ferocity that most musicians can only dream of, or spend a lifetime cowering from.
The blazing guitar-work is underscored by a rock-solid rhythm section and overwhelming, uncompromising vocals. If you are not weak at heart and want to get into a band that will blow your doors off, grab “Aux Morts ” now!
Gravedale High defies terms, fads, and styles. Their punk-rock is aggressive, pure and outside of rational experience. They are a force and a style unto themselves and “Aux Morts” is a defining document!