From Graves of Valor
Famine


4.5
superb

Review

by Ryan Williford USER (48 Reviews)
September 11th, 2007 | 28 replies | 20,040 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Famine does exactly what an EP is suppose to do, give you a taste of what’s to come while also leaving you wanting more.

“God is the guy that ignores you.”

South Carolina's From Graves of Valor is comprised of three former members of Through the Eyes of the Dead, Jeff Springs, Richard Turbeville, and Dayton Cantley. With the three TTEOTD members are Vocalist Damon Weich and Bass player David Hasselbring. From Graves of Valor stepped into the studio, in the winter of 2006, with renowned metal production wizard, Jamie King, and created Famine, their debut EP. While some may label this “Deathcore,” due to 3/5 of the band is from “Deathcore” Through the Eyes of the Dead or due to them being the dumbest scene “HxC” kid who wants to hardcore dance to any music they can, this is pure death metal. Famine was released on September 11th on Tragic Hero Records after being pushed back a few times for unknown reasons, the EP was already done. So did the album measure up to the hype surrounding this EP?

Right off the bat you can truly tell that Damon has really poured all that he could into the vocals as he does not let down on his growls for clean singing that a lot of other metal bands do right now. On the Track The Burning you can really get a feel of Damon’s Range as he goes from his death growl to a hybrid Cleanly Death growl back to his death growl. What is unique about Damon’s vocals is he can pull off the hybrid vocals while still sounding intense, see Hunger Artist. One grip I have about this EP is that you cannot hear the bass whatsoever. I really do not understand why bands do not showcase the bass anymore.

What the do showcase though is the guitars, and rightfully so with two of the three members from TTEOTD holding down the front. The riffs fit the songs really well, and there are a quite few good leads here and there. Their not really able to showcase that much in a six song EP but they do their best and even throw in a solo here and there, see After the Awakening. The best solo is found on the track The Burning They do dive into the new fade of having breakdowns, but their actually good and fit into the songs really well.

The drummer, who is the third member from TTEOTD, really knows how to blaze through the double bass. He does a phenomenal job on the drums and really brings the whole package together in a nice little bowtie. In a live video on youtube, you can really see he is really pouring everything into his playing and you can tell that is the case on the EP also. He leaves nothing to desire while also wanting more, but guess we have to wait until they record a full-length for more.

Famine does exactly what an EP is suppose to do, give you a taste of what’s to come while also leaving you wanting more. So did Famine prove all the hype right? I say it does while already starting the hype for their debut full-length album. Rich and the guys of From Graves of Valor will no doubt try to make their full-length even better then this EP, but will it or have they set the bar too high from them to even pass it? We will find out hopefully soon enough, barring Tragic Hero pushing it back to 2020 or something.

4.5/5



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i am the robots
September 11th 2007



1027 Comments


fucking godlike

i am the robots
September 11th 2007



1027 Comments


fucking godlike

BallsToTheWall
September 11th 2007



44164 Comments


They sound like old through the eyes of the dead. A 5 naa. This is decent, nothing new. I think pure death metal would be deicide,suffocation,or my personal favorite, Morbid Angel.

encmetalhead
September 11th 2007



744 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i rated 4.5 cause you can't hear the bass, I am the robots is like a fanboy lmao j/k

BallsToTheWall
September 11th 2007



44164 Comments


This isnt really groundbreaking or anything new, but sounds like bloodlust which I enjoyed. This sounds like the record through the eyes of the dead should've put out after bloodlust. I do think they pown as blood runs black. They suck.

Pebster49
September 11th 2007



2991 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

shush with ABRB, we know you don't like them, lol...is that ur motto..."atleast they are not As Blood Runs Black", i have there demo and its intersting...

Onelastime
September 12th 2007



36 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This EP is good, but i think you guys are way overating it. With ratings likie 4.5 and 5 I have to ask...does this really compare to such releases as An Ocean Between Us, The Price Of Existence, etc. I mean its a good release but damn.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
September 12th 2007



17920 Comments


well i mean there's no way it could ever be better than as i lay dying

BallsToTheWall
September 12th 2007



44164 Comments


They're not though. Atleast you can tell aild apart. These guys sound like old tteotd.

blackmilk
September 13th 2007



584 Comments


It's not that good.

masscows
September 20th 2007



2236 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Decent.

Shitty vocals and some scattered uninspired riffs ruin it. The breakdowns are boring for the most part, too.

blackmilk
September 20th 2007



584 Comments


"The Architect" is the best song

Pebster49
October 8th 2007



2991 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They are diffently better than Through the Eyes of the Dead.

foreverendeared
November 17th 2007



14678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i like the review i like this EP. 'nuff said

Metalikane
November 20th 2007



851 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is a great ep.

i am the robots
November 20th 2007



1027 Comments


They are diffently better than Through the Eyes of the Dead.

The combo of Rich Turbeville and Jeff Springs is really inferior to the combo of Rich Turbeville and Justin Longshore.

And Damon has nothing on Anthony Gunnells as a vocalist.

2muchket!
January 3rd 2008



900 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Damon may not be as good as Anthony (whos one of my fav metal vocalists) he still beats the shit outta TTEOTD's new vocalist.

This is still a very good EP.

The Burnings the best song on here.

BetweenTBnMe
March 9th 2008



1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love tteotd and anthony's vox, but i gotta say i prefer damon's. Simply because they sound less studio-ed up than anthony's.

foreverendeared
March 10th 2008



14678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^ the vocals are the first thing that got me hooked

AbyssalCreation
July 29th 2008



2041 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is the EP TTEOTD should have made after Bloodlust.Everything on this EP screams TTEOTD, and thats def not a bad thing.I love how Damons vocals are a lot like Anthonys but he has alot more power.I anxiously await a full-length.Top tracks The Burning and The Architect.



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