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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Review: Gravewards - Subconscious Lobotomy

The Greek old school death metal trio Gravewards just formed last year, and released their first EP, entitled “Subconscious Lobotomy”, via cassette - limited to 300 copies.

Containing a total of 4 songs and 22 minutes total playtime, the EP kicks off with “Casket Entrapment”. A brutal, midtempo track that is the epitome of death metal. Production on this track, like the three others, is very raw, further underscoring the old school death metal vibe. Next up is the title track, which is again a brutal death metal one. You can clearly perceive the band’s influences by Autopsy, Bolt Thrower, Obituary and Death in their music. “Crawling Chaos” and “Deathwomb Incubation” are the other two tracks that maintain this line. Especially the latter stands out though with its even more brutal sound, inviting you to bang your head to it.

In conclusion: “Subconscious Lobotomy” is an old school death metal release – not only because of its form of release via cassette, but also because of its sound. The four tracks are a lot of fun to listen to, and you can clearly appreciate that the three guys are great musicians and love what they are doing. According to their Facebook page, the trio is working on a full-length right now, which personally I am greatly looking forward to. Until then, check out their EP! 9/10.

Written by Julia Obenauer

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