The following was taken from Gravehill’s Bandcamp page – “old school, blackened heavy metal in the vein of Autopsy, Death, Hellhammer, Celtic Frost, Venom, Massacre, and Slayer…” – yeah, I’d say that sums up the band pretty well. They might want to add, “…mosh beats so heavy they split concrete…,” that’d be fitting as well. Without doubt there’s a serious vibe of old school mosh it up, punk rock, that runs through these boys too. The first track, “Bestial Genesis” drives that point home well. Slayer was mentioned above. I think it’s fair to point out that the spirit of Kerry King occasionally haunts this band, riff wise. Does that take anything away from their new record, The Unchaste, the Wicked & the Profane? Not a damn thing. It does in fact, add to it nicely. I always dig that frozen guitar sound, never gets old.
Now, if the record sounds a bit different this time around it’s because JT Corpse is now handling vox since former singer, Abominator, split for greener pastures. Actually, it’s a little more involved than that. Abominator left and Corpse took over. We covered that. Previous guitarist Bodybag Bob (ex-Exhumed) came back to jam except he became Gravehill’s bass player and Eldehelm was hired to fill the guitar slot. Complicated, but we got here. And the end result is “The Unchaste, the Wicked & the Profane” which is best described as primal, primitive, raw, death metal. I like it that way.
I prefer basic versus big production where this genre of music tends to get lost in. Take a band like Weregoat. Same thing. Polished production would’ve killed their intensity on their last record. Same here with Gravehill. By keeping it underground and keeping it simple, the fierceness of the band’s sound and image conveys well, you connect with it right away. It’s no nonsense, no fucking around, just balls to the wall death metal, mosh it up, stomp it down, move on to the next pit and repeat cycle.
The band frequently mentions the influence of Celtic Frost and Hellhammer and that’s the raw, primitive side I mentioned above. Autopsy too. Remember that punk rock mention earlier? There’s even a dash of grind here, and that accounts for the attitude and swagger that carries each song on this record. I’m happy to say there’s no clean vocals, no tight production, just filth and noise, start to finish, all eight songs. And I say that complimentary. It’s how underground death metal should be, oughta be made.
The Unchaste, the Wicked & the Profane is true to the spirit of keeping it low and heavy, grindy with punk attitude, and nothing but pure death metal with enough blackened thrash tossed into the mix to appeal to just about anyone with good metal sensibility. The Unchaste, the Wicked & the Profane is something Tom G Warrior would approve of. Buy or die posers.