Grave Miasma
Odori Sepulcrorum


4.0
excellent

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (194 Reviews)
September 17th, 2013 | 79 replies | 6,036 views


Release Date: 09/13/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Old school death in the vein of Incantation, Autopsy and Morbid Angel… some things just never die.

You've got to have some pride for a band that debuts an album on the Friday the 13th. It means little for the music but manages to speak for the mindset of this new to the scene death metal powerhouse. Grave Miasma sends a message; primal, unrelenting and uncaring for the thoughts of happy people. You would think that this is the very blue print for a death metal band, but it’s what the band does with this stylistic recipe that sets Grave Miasma’s debut apart from the waves and waves of surfacing monotonous acts and in turn highlights ‘Odori Sepulcrorum’ as an un-dying, relatively unknown, old-school death metal record for 2013. Grave Miasma’s 2013 debut is an album worth checking out, not because it re-hashes the death metal vibes of old, but because recreates the fire of old so well.

During ‘Odori Sepulcrorum’ casual listeners will be blown away by some of the year’s most intense, bombarding misanthropic death metal. Those familiar with the genre will still recognize the immense pressure to build as the album progresses; at forty-nine minutes this is one way to sink into Grave Miasma’s hauntingly atmospheric death metal spell. It’s not enough to simply copy those who went before you, these days, if an act follows the path of the pioneers ‘too’ well, they’re frowned upon, shunned, it’s not enough to do it, you need to do it well and provide some substance that identifies your music as being your own. Fortunately, Grave Miasma covers all the bases, without thinking too far out of the box. We’re lucky in this day and age of music that everything is readily available at the click of a button, but it also has its negatives, it takes a while to sort through the mundane to find that proverbial hidden gem. Come 2013, Grave Miasma is that hidden gem.

As for the music, it’s not that different from a modern take on vintage death metal. Gruff vocals, deep, forward thinking riffs and pounding drums all make Grave Miasma’s ‘Odori Sepulcrorum’ such a listenable album. Hell, even a bass line is present throughout the album’s eight tracks. With influences present from early Incantation, Morbid Angel and even the snaking a-typical death metal structures of early Autopsy. But with all these influences there’s still room for Grave Miasma to provide their own distinct, old-school flair. Take “Ovation to a Thousand Lost Reveries” for example. The track itself highlights the ample ability of analogue recording and back to roots song-writing. It allows for the band’s fierce, primal sound to take over, swelling, growing and surpassing the million-dollar clear technical favouring death heads that have surfaced over the years. Galvanising the fact that ‘Odori Sepulcrorum’ is so well received is the fact that the album is not a ‘bash and dash’ old-school death metal release, rather it’s an example of hard work developed over the course of almost ten years. The project started under a different moniker back in 2002 and since, the band has only developed and built upon what was already a solid foundation.

Overall, ‘Odori Sepulcrorum’ is another death metal highlight of 2013, but it steers away from the likes of Ulcerate, Portal, Carcass and Gorguts. Grave Miasma step out triumphantly with their debut full-length that shows a promise that transcends most modern metal releases. It could be said that the band is simply hopping onto trends, but in equal measures, Grave Miasma are turning the OSDM sound. The band knows what they are doing, they know where the sound comes from and more importantly, they put the effort in. ‘Odori Sepulcrorum’ is an album full of death metal promise, if the wheels are figuratively turning, the likes of Grave Miasma are the coal that keeps the train going. If you’re into anything that promotes the old-school vibe, this is a must listen, as it stands, the group’s debut record is quite a spectacle and remains solid throughout its length.



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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
September 17th 2013



6734 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yay, more 2013 metal : ]

originally:

http://thesonicsensory.wordpress.com/2013/09/17/grave-miasma-odori-sepulcrorum/

Keyblade
September 17th 2013



13247 Comments


Sweet, been on a osdm kick lately...this is great timing

PunchforPunch
September 17th 2013



5276 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sounds dope

Digging: Vril - Torus

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
September 17th 2013



6734 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yeah guys, go get it, enjoy

Inveigh
September 17th 2013



24180 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like this band a lot (at least their EP) and this is a well-written review, but I don't feel like I came away from reading it with any idea how this album separates itself from the legions of revival osdm bands that have emerged over the last 5 years (other than just "it's better"). Why is it better?

Digging: Symptom - Caverns Of Katabasis

bloc
September 17th 2013



34489 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn I gotta check this

Digging: Gamma Ray - Empire of the Undead

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
September 17th 2013



6734 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

legions of revival osdm bands that have emerged over the last 5 years (other than just "it's better"). Why is it better?


It's not really different, but there's an inherent lead up that just allows the basic ingredients to shine. It allows for an atmosphere rather than a "let's just make an OSDM record because we can".

Damn I gotta check this


Make me happy, do it : ]

bloc
September 18th 2013



34489 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Need it to leak first ;)

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
September 18th 2013



6734 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

it leaked, hell its out.

bloc
September 18th 2013



34489 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Can't find a working link : (

Inveigh
September 19th 2013



24180 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ordered my copy of this, but have only heard three songs on youtube/soundcloud so far


i think it sounds less osdm revival than their earlier EP. this is more of a hybrid of that sound with the Portal/Mitochondrion/Desolate Shrine/Ulcerate breed of atmospheric dm

good stuff

Wizard
September 20th 2013



18757 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fuck, I didn't see this review! Awesome work.

This is probably my top dm of the year. All this techy dm shit can sit the fuck down for a second.

but I don't feel like I came away from reading it with any idea how this album separates itself from the legions of revival osdm bands that have emerged over the last 5 years (other than just "it's better"). Why is it better?

Because it's just better hahahaha but seriously, the atmosphere is dark and filthy plus they add just enough variance amongst the tracks where it actually doesn't sound tedious listening to it. I find that last point to be a huge weakness amongst these legions of OSDM revivalists.

Digging: Triptykon - Melana Chasmata

wacknizzle
September 20th 2013



11892 Comments


This sounds tite

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Wizard
September 20th 2013



18757 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Tite!

ShadowRemains
September 20th 2013



19427 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

filth

Wizard
September 20th 2013



18757 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Better than Gorguts and Ulcerate, amirite ; p

Also, in the summary, I would remove Autopsy. Not a shred of Autopsy to be found on here.

BigPleb
September 20th 2013



28367 Comments


Fuck me Fear Factory rock.

Wizard
September 20th 2013



18757 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fear Factory wut?

BigPleb
September 20th 2013



28367 Comments


m/

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
September 21st 2013



6734 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

....fear....factory.....

?

I would remove Autopsy. Not a shred of Autopsy to be found on here.


Maybe it's a personal inflection I've found on the album. I'll leave it, I'm sure the guys who are interested in the music can make up there own mind. : ]



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