Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Review -- GRAVEMAKER -- Bury Me At Sea

BURY ME AT SEA
Grave Maker
Independent
8.5-out-of-10
If you like your metal hardcore, I mean in your face with walls of thrashing guitar, and growling vocals, then you better check out Grave Maker, a pounding rock unit out of B.C.This is a band that when it hits the road to tour, it really hits the road. A look at their schedule over the next few months shows the band with gigs from Mississippi to Slovakia and Finland. That tells you a couple of things. To start with metal is a worldwide phenomenon with a deep and loyal fan base, and secondly Grave Maker has the material to break into the circuit and survive.One listen and you'll know why.These guys know hard metal, from the power instrumentation, through to adult lyrics, that they push out with force, although generally they keep it so the listener can at least make out what they are singing. The band wants you on side with what they are trying to do. That said, they skirt the edge, just a decibel away from being a screamer band. They walk the edge, and do it well.Jon McRae is the vocalist here, and believe me, he gets a workout here. He does a very good job of showing just how hardcore, yet accessible metal can be.As for what songs rank as best, Grave Maker offers up 11-songs here which hold together well as a package. Drop The Torch, Dear Brother, Wreckage and several others are all excellent example of the genre.Definitely a metal winner. Check them out at www.myspace.com/gravemaker
-- CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Nov. 19, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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