Just the name Grim Ravine itself inspires images of some foreboding, deep cavernous crevice within the earth where life is endangered and possibly, myriad evils abound. Those imaginings are not far off the mark either when the bleak, rock bottom sonics of the band’s imminent EP release, “The Light Is From Below“, is experienced. It will be issued this Friday, February 17th via Black Bow Records, the label run by Jon Davis of crushing heavyweights Conan. Taking their cue from such sonic monstrosities as Unearthly Trance or Bongripper, Grim Ravine have weaponized a lethal aural assault of bleak, burdensome Doom emanating with Sludge-like miseries. The four songs unleashed on the EP, “Shrine Of Misery“, “Translunary“, “Hypernova” and “Vacant Mass” carve their way into your skull with frightening misanthropy resonating in their beings. Heavy, loud, laden with groove, loud, heavy displays of what the band themselves admit to being their own knack to “worship tone and riffs”, this is vile doom merely for the same of such. Once you subject yourself to it via the Bandcamp embed below, odds are you will be utterly shuddered to your very soul itself and never able to peacefully rest again anytime afterward.
I remember myself and the stoner rock community at large all going haywire over the 2015 self-titled EP from the UK’s 1968 as it was a superbly stellar release without doubt. That’s why I was super stoked recently to learn that the band was back and planning to release the “Havana Fortuna” EP via Black Bow Records on Feb. 10th. I got on the hotline and procured a digital promotional copy and Jesus Christ, the lads are definitely back and in a big damned way for sure! I learned there had been a line up change within the band too as earlier members, vocalist Jimi Ray, guitarist Sam Orr, and bassist Tom Richards are still here but drummer Tom Drury had been replaced by former Sons Of Andal drummer Dan Amati. In fact, this EP is the last recorded work of Drury’s with 1968. And what work it is too as the earlier EP was a bit more in the style of Desert/Stoner Rock and while those elements are still here, there’s also been a clear trek into Psyche-tinged Hard/Classic Rock on these 4 songs.
On February 3rd, Black Bow Records will release the debut album from Melbourne, Australia’s Desert Kingdom and I am here now to inform you about just how kickass this introduction to the band is. Plus, they have aptly and properly moniker’ed themselves as well for their music is most definitely that inspired by the oh-so regal desert. In fact, vocalist Ritchie, guitarist Emmett Young, bassist Brett Wright and drummer Paul Coste are definitely masters and lieges of their own sonic domain on this 7-song offering of heavily scorching Hard Rock. Truth is the quartet supreme manage to decree some other fantastic aural enhancements to their sound with nuances of Metal and Doom, among others. The lads surely find their furious musical feet firmly planted in their own sound of course but it is one comparable at times to Pepper Keenan-era C.O.C., Geezer, and say, Dollar Llama.