May 032023

There are a lot of extreme metal songs out there where the vocals are really just an accent or an afterthought, with the vocals struggling to match up with musical instrumentation that carries the lion’s share of the load. What you’re about to hear, however, is a song where the burden is almost — almost — reversed.

Especially at first, the vocals on Gravefields‘ new song “Pilgrims of Amirah” are so stunningly monstrous, macabre, and frighteningly deranged that you almost don’t notice the music around them, though perhaps that’s because the instrumentation is also deranged — and dangerously destructive.

This isn’t the first time we’ve hosted a premiere for a release by Gravefields, but because almost exactly four years have passed since the last time, it’s worth a reminder that the core of the band is a duo consisting of Irish multi-instrumentalist Alan Hurley and French lyricist/vocalist Thomas Blanc (aka “DM“), who has a very long resume of vocal credits that you can find here. On the band’s forthcoming second album Tetragrammaton, they’re joined by bassist Paul Girvin. Continue reading »

May 292019


Gravefields is the cross-continent collaboration of Cairo-based multi-instrumentalist Alan Hurley and French vocalist DM (Helioss, Wrath From Above, Gastropode). Under the name Dirtyprotest, they released a first album in 2017 (Hellstorm), and now, operating under the new name of Gravefields, they’re on the verge of releasing a second album. Entitled Embrace the Void, it’s set for a June 7 release by Redefining Darkness Records (which has a reliable track record of identifying and seizing upon top-shelf talent).

Today we’re presenting a song from the new album named “Mind Leech“, and the first word that springs to mind in attempting to describe it is “kaleidoscopic”, quickly followed by “explosive” and “breathtaking”. With its foundations in death metal, it subtly pulls from other influences to create a constantly changing yet cohesive experience, one that seamlessly combines blast-furnace intensity and captivating, heart-aching melody. Continue reading »