Saturday, 17 January 2015

AT THE GRAVES - Golem / Heavy Ether

Cover artwork by Sarah Kimble.
At the Graves, a one-man doom metal project from Bawlmer. It's not your typical doom metal and nothing comes immediately to mind that it distinctly reminds me of. This is what I love about the one-man projects, it captures an intensely personal form of expression, like peeking in through the crack of a bedroom door. Whether it be Leviathan, Xasthur, Jandek or even Maze of Roots who was showcased here earlier this week, voyeurism must be admitted to play a role in the enjoyment of it. But At the Graves is less about "outsider art" and more about alchemy, combining elements to create a previously unseen substance, at least that how this two-song EP plays in these ears. It's up on bandcamp as a PAY-WHAT-YOU-WANT download and is well worth checking out. If you take a close look at the awesome cover artwork you'll see that an otherwise beautiful moment has been de-saturated and manipulated to convey something chaotic and dark. In the world of At the Graves the familiar becomes confusing, possibly even frightening.

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