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Graveshadow


Graveshadow
The Uncertain Hour
M-Theory Audio
Release: 15 July 2022

The Sacramento-based quintet GRAVESHADOW – deftly mixes symphonic/gothic metal with elements of doom, thrash, and epic progressive power metal.

“The Uncertain Hour” – produced by Miss May I guitarist Justin Aufdemkampe (Clutch, War of Ages), mastered by Alberto De Icaza (Crobot, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist) and featuring artwork by Roman Ismaylov (Battle Beast, Beast In Black) – sees the new lineup for GRAVESHADOW continue to refine their enticing mix of symphonic, gothic, doom, and epic progressive-metal elements, now augmented by the newfound energy that has been brought into the band by the soaring melodic performance of new vocalist Rachl “Raxx” Quinn and the rumbling rhythm section of new bassist Luci Rae and new drummer Bones Padilla (formerly of labelmates Cultural Warfare). The returning guitar duo of William Lloyd Walker and Aaron Robitsch once again deliver a beautiful display of guitar histrionics that tastefully mixes searing shred with a warm melody. Graveshadow are back on the scene with a story to tell. Intertwining melodic highs and crushing lows to sweep listeners away on a journey of self-discovery, loss and the will to carry on.

GRAVESHADOW‘s previous album, 2018’s “Ambition’s Price,” was given accolades by Metal Utopia for being “a great record with lots of great moments for fans of Nightwish and The Birthday Massacre.” Metal Nation praised “Ambition’s Price,” declaring that “GRAVESHADOW has taken what has become a somewhat complacent and stagnant style of metal and breathed fresh life into it, creating something vibrant and memorable.” The fantastical lyrical themes that were explored by the band on “Ambition’s Price” – their debut record for M-Theory Audio and the follow-up to the group’s incubatory 2015 debut full-length “Nocturnal Resurrection” – were applauded by critics and fans alike. The band followed the release of “Ambition’s Price” by winning over new audiences with extensive touring alongside bands such as Arkona, Sirenia, Exmortus, Night Demon, and Unleash The Archers.

GRAVESHADOW/VINTERSEA Tour Dates:

7/15 Barmageddon – Tulare, CA
7/16 The Viper Room – Los Angeles, CA
7/17 Brick by Brick – San Diego, CA with Helsott
7/19 Elbo Room Jack London – Oakland, CA
7/20 Old Nick’s Pub – Eugene, OR
7/21 Funhouse Seattle – Seattle, WA
7/22 Dante’s – Portland, OR
7/23 Cafe Colonial – Sacramento, CA

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