Grave Speaker rises with a self-titled debut that transcends the conventional boundaries of doom. A brainchild of guitarist and songwriter John Steele, this musical odyssey, conceived in the summer of 2023, follows the trail of 70s heavy rock inspirations, steering its course with the mantra, “follow the vibes, not the rules.” This marks the inception of Grave Speaker into the EVR family, and anticipation surrounds the unveiling of this sonic tapestry.
Grave Speaker’s debut release echoes the influences of revered doom pioneers such as Acid King, Windhand, and Electric Wizard. The album is a testament to their commitment to forging a unique path, embracing a sonic journey that defies norms and invites listeners into an immersive experience.
The opening tracks weave a sonic tapestry that beckons the listener into a realm where heaviness is not merely a sonic attribute but an atmospheric force. Each riff, meticulously crafted by John Steele, channels the spirit of 70s heavy rock, weaving a rich and dynamic sonic landscape. The guitar work not only pays homage to the genre’s roots but also propels Grave Speaker into an echelon of modern doom craftsmanship.
The gravitational pull of the album is undeniable, with influences from doom luminaries like Electric Wizard manifesting in the low-end rumble that permeates the compositions. Grave Speaker skillfully balances this heaviness with an undercurrent of melancholy, creating an emotional depth that resonates through each note.
As the album progresses, shades of Acid King and Windhand reveal themselves in the intricate interplay between the instruments. Grave Speaker doesn’t merely replicate the past; it revitalizes and reshapes the essence of doom, infusing it with a contemporary energy that is both captivating and transformative.
“Grave Speaker” is an immersive journey through realms of sound and emotion. The tracks unfold with an organic fluidity, each piece seamlessly transitioning into the next, creating a cohesive narrative that holds the listener captive until the final note reverberates into silence.
In the crowded landscape of doom metal, Grave Speaker’s debut is a beacon of authenticity, inviting listeners to abandon preconceived notions and surrender to the sonic abyss. The album is a testament to the band’s commitment to carving their own niche, echoing the sentiment that rules may confine, but vibes liberate.
So, fasten your seatbelts and embark on a journey where Grave Speaker beckons you to follow the vibes and embrace the unknown.
Released by Electric Valley Records on January 26th, 2024