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Below is our complete Gravehill news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories. With all of the stories of mosh pit brutality of late, you might expect more of the same from the title, but in fact, this story from California death metal band Gravehill is not what it would appear:
This one goes back to October 31st in Dekalb, Illinois. Gravehill had flown out to Illinois to do 3 shows with our brothers in Cardiac Arrest. We had arrived late late late the night/morning before this Halloween show in Dekalb. Once the sun went down and the pabst blue ribbon started disappearing at an alarming rate, we left Aurora (where we were staying) and started our short treck over to Dekalb. When we got there, we were informed that the gig was at a rehearsal space that some local bands practiced at. "No biggie," we thought. Sometimes, those types of shows totally go off and go crazy. But once the night wore on, we became a little bummed. The first bands started playing and people were barely showing up. It was dead and the bands we really not very good. There was a mix of indie rock, bad metal and even some sort of techno/hip hop type dj guy. So we just preceeded to get drunk and make the best of it as we always do.More...
Sweden's Death Breath is the latest band to be confirmed for the 2011 edition of the Maryland Death Festival. Next year's festival will take place from May 26th - 29th, 2011. Further details on the festival can be found at this location. The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...
Anaheim, California death metal act Gravehill has announced its participation in the upcoming 2011 edition of the Maryland Deathfest. Gravehill joins a long list of bands taking part, including Neurosis, Marduk, Inquisition, Exhumed and Saudi Arabia's Creative Waste amongst many others. Maryland Deathfest 2011 is set to take place May 27, 28 and 29th at Sonar in Baltimore, Maryland.
Confirmed bands include:
LAST DAYS OF HUMANITY
With the closing of the "Campaign Of Death Metal Purity Tour," Gravehill has announced that Matt "Hellfiend" Harvey (Exhumed, Dekapitator, Repulsion, Cretin) has officially joined the band as the new permanent guitarist. Matt commented on joining the band, "I'm definitely psyched to wage war against posers with the Gravehill boys. The tour was great, and I'm looking forward to raging with Thorgrimm, Abominator, Bodybag, and CorpseMolester as much as possible!"
The band also commented on upcoming tour dates and recording new material:
"We have been added to the Enthroned & Destroyer 666 Los Angeles Tour date at the Ultra Violet Lounge in Los Angeles Aug. 14th, 2010' & The Ramona Theater in Ramona (San Diego) California Aug. 15th, 2010', as well as the Oct. 15th, 2010' date at The Galaxy Theater with Immolation & Vader. Hellfiend will contribute to the final writing process for our next album which we have changed the title to 'When All Roads Lead To Hell.'
"We plan on entrenching at Trench Studio's with John Haddad near Thanksgiving to do all the tracking and then finish with Ryan Butler at Arcane Digital Recording for all mixing and mastering. With the amazing artwork supplied to us by Jeff Zornow for the Campaign Tour we are glad to have him onboard to render the visuals for our new record!"
With a newly revamped lineup, Fatalist has announced they have been added to select dates of the Campaign For Death Metal Purity 2010 tour. California's answer to Stockholm-style death metal will join Ibex Moon Records label mates Gravehill, Cardiac Arrest, and Hod. Kicking off July 2nd in Portland, OR, this tour was designed for the sole purpose of taking death metal back to its roots. Additionally, the July 10th date at Belvedere's Lounge in Pittsburgh, PA has been dubbed the Ibex Moon Records Fest and will feature performances by Incantation and Funerus.
The currently announced dates are as follows:
7/2nd @ Plan B - Portland, OR*
7/3rd @ The Parkside - San Fransisco, CA*
7/4th @ The Blvd - Los Angeles, CA*
7/5th @ The Drunken Lass - Prescott, AZ
7/7th @ Beerland - Austin, TX
7/8th @ The Riot Room - Kansas City, MO
7/9th @ Nightcap - Chicago, IL
7/10th @ Belvedere's Lounge - Pittsburgh, PA**
7/11th @ Jimmy's Place - Allentown, PA
7/12th @ Dingbatz - Clifton, NJ
7/13th @ Fontana's - New York, NY
7/14th @ Melody Inn - Indianapolis, IN
7/15th @ TBA - Memphis, TN
7/16th @ Downtown Music - Little Rock, AR
7/17th @ Walters - Houston, TX
7/18th @ Ten Eleven - San Antonio, TX
* - w/ Fatalist
** w/ Incantation, Funerus and Abysme
Cardiac Arrest, Gravehill, and Hod will be touring together as the "Campaign For Death Metal Purity" 2010 tour. Ibex Moon Records issued the following statement about the tour:
"Death Metal has grown weak and soft… with the infiltration of hard-core breakdowns; gravity blasts, emo singing, and MTV saturated 'fashion agenda'…what a sad affair when Death Metal becomes another genre of pop music!" Ibex Moon Records would like to invite the True Death Metal Elite to a series of select dates across the United States of America! A Tour designed for the sole purpose of taking Death Metal back to its roots, a time when metal wasn’t a fashion statement and Death Metal came from some place much more sinister and far more deadly!"
John McEntee, Ibex Moon Records label mastermind and guitarist/vocalist for Incantation, had this to say about the tour: “With all the trends in metal these days and all these fest type tours that mostly only highlight the flavor of the month bands. We wanted to put together a tour with 3 strong Death Metal bands that all in their own right have proven themselves to be true warriors of death! Each band has forged their own legacy by being 100% true to themselves and it shows with their intense live performances. This is the time to take back our underground scene and show your support to some of Death Metal’s top extreme bands. Death Metal is Eternal Under the Ibex Moon." More...
California brutalists Gravehill recently took a break from working on their Ibex Moon Records debut to head down south to Texas for a string of shows with label mates, Hod. Safely home from the carnage and mayhem that ensued, vocalist Mike Abominator offered this summary of the mini-tour:
"The Texas shows couldn't have been better. Hod kicked total ass and made us stay on top of our game! One of the best live bands we have seen and some of the best guys around in metal....PERIOD! It was an honor sharing the stage with them and playing our death metal for all those Texas maniacs! We met so many killer and diehard people in Texas. And I have fond memories of all three shows, but the San Antonio show was unforgettable due to the response of the crowd, the fights, equipment falling and going out, beer and blood flying, the fights, the mayhem, THE FIGHTS, ARGHHHHHH! What a show! Thank you to John/Ibex Moon and Beer Reebs/Hod for setting it all up! TEXAS! WE WILL BE BACK!"
Gravehill will also be among the many Ibex Moon acts contributing a song to the soundtrack to the upcoming indie horror flick, "Afterparty Massacre." While said track might not be what Gravehill fans might expect from the band, Abominator guarantees brutality.
"We entered TRENCH STUDIOS for a weekend to do the exclusive track for the Afterparty Massacre movie soundtrack which Ibex Moon is putting out. We recorded the AC/DC song "If You Want Blood (You Got It)" for the release. It was Gravehill-ized so to speak, ha ha, but it came out GREAT. We even brought in our friends Shane from Phobia and Nick from Crepitus to scream and growl along with me on the infamous chorus! In the end, the song title, attitude of AC/DC and Bon Scott and even the overall performance of the song fit Gravehill PERFECTLY! Since we are the AC/DC of death metal! hahahaha."
In regards to the forthcoming album, the front man issued this update from the band's own Hellheim Studios:
"Now we enter our studio/dungeon HELLHEIM STUDIOS to get the songs set for Pravus Tyrannis our 2nd album, and debut for Ibex Moon. Once we get the songs set, we will then enter TRENCH STUDIOS with Engineer John Haddad (who has worked with Phobia, Hirax, Abysmal Dawn, Final Conflict, Deathevokation) to record the eight songs of devastating and relentless death metal that this album will unleash upon the earth!"
HOD guitarist Carl "Lord Necron" Snyder has checked in with the following tour road report:
"The Texas onslaught with Gravehill has been merciless. P.A. Systems crashing to ground. Women beating women. Men beating men. Holy hell it's been brutal! Gravehill's death metal assault has to be witnessed live to understand the brutality. HOD has unleashed some new songs on this tour including 'Under Tyranny's Hammer' and 'Walking Wounded.' The crowd response has been killer for the new material. We hope to see all you maniacs out on the road soon."
The upcoming HOD tour dates are as follows:
3/13 The Nat Ballroom – West Texas Death Fest, Amarillo, TX
3/16 Club Encore w/ Book of Black Earth, Austin, TX
3/18 Pedicab Bar w/ Withered, Javelina, & Howl, San Antonio, TX
5/21 The Ten Eleven w/ The Gates of Slumber & Bastardwolf, San Antonio, TX
6/6 Emo’s w/ Obituary & Pack of Wolves, Austin, TX
6/19 TBA, Hattiesburg or Jackson, MS
7/9 TBA w/ Immolith & Maax, Austin, TX
7/10 TBA w/ Immolith & Maax, Dallas or Houston?
Hod has announced that they will be part of a mini tour of Texas with Gravehill starting at the end of the month. The band has issued the following statement on the Lone Star State assault:
"San Antonio, Houston and Austin prepare for a crushing metal onslaught. Coming from California will be death metal lunatics Gravehill. This will be their first Texas shows ever, so everyone needs to come out and represent Texas Metal Pride. Also on the tour will be new Deathgasm Records recording artists Blaspherian! Anyone who has seen this band live knows what a totally heavy death metal performance they will bring. Death Metal done the old true way! And from San Mucas, I mean San Marcus, Texas will be Disfigured on the tour as well. You can always expect a solid grinding death metal assault from these guys. We look forward to sharing the stage with these bands! We look forward to drinking all your beer. We look forward to raising some Hell!"
Hod's "Serpent" was released last year on Ibex Moon Records
Recent Ibex Moon signees Gravehill are scheduled to release the special diehard vinyl version of "Rites of the Pentagram" within the next month. Following it in the spring will be a CD re-release of the album, which will contain the five-track "Metal of Death/Advocation of Murder & Suicide" EP, complete with new packaging. Finally, the summer will see the release of new full-length album "Pravus Tyrannis."
Here are the latest tour dates for both bands: More...
GRAVEHILL has announced the conclusion of their agreement with ENUCLEATION RECORDS and subsequent signing with IBEX MOON RECORDS. The band has three new releases on the horizon with their new deal.
The first order of business is the 12” Vinyl Release of "Rites of the Pentagram," which will contain special packaging strictly for the die-hard collector. Look for this release on IBEX MOON RECORDS in February/March 2010.
The second is the CD re-release of "Rites of the Pentagram," which will include the five-song "Metal of Death/Advocation of Murder & Suicide" EP, complete with new packaging. This re-release will follow the vinyl version in the spring of 2010.
The last item is GRAVEHILL’s sophomore record "Pravus Tyrannis," which will be released sometime over the summer of 2010. Some titles set to appear on this release are "Unholy Executioner," "Suffer No Man to Live," "When All Roads Lead to Hell," "Devil Worshiper," and "War Prayers" to name a few.
Early 2010 will also see the release of the Relapse Records "Death Metal EP Series," which is a strictly 7” EP vinyl release featuring one band per side. The first of said series features GRAVEHILL and CARDIAC ARREST. This exclusive release has the song "Of Wolves and Wickedness” recorded during the "Metal of Death/Advocation of Murder & Suicide" EP session. This series will eventually see a CD release; refer to relapse.com for more details.
In the meantime, check out some of their music on the band's official MySpace page.
Finally, here are the latest Gravehill upcoming gigs in 2010:
Jan 16 The Black Castle w/ Order from Chaos Inglewood, CA
Feb 20 Cheyenne Saloon w/ Spun in Darkness Las Vegas, NV
Feb 26 The Ten Eleven w/ Hod San Antonio, TX
Feb 27 Walter’s w/ Hod Houston, TX
Feb 28 Emo’s w/ Hod Austin, TX
Jul 17 Blondie’s: Michigan Death Fest Detroit, MI