MOTHER OF GRAVES – WHERE THE SHADOWS ADORN
Thursday turned into Friday some three hours ago in Kiribati… It’s Friday somewhere. It might in fact be Friday everywhere! Perhaps time is an illusion and/or it’s all in the mind… And well, we’re all here, you, me and Emil Kalaidzhiev over in Seoul, so this is the perfect time to the spread the good word about the new MOTHER OF GRAVES album Where The Shadows Adorn. Out on Wiseblood Records it will bring you all you need for your Death, Doom and Metal needs…
Their own words:
“Wise Blood Records presents the upcoming LP from Indianapolis Death/Doom guardians MOTHER OF GRAVES. “Where the Shadows Adorn” is a masterpiece of crushing darkness, crestfallen melodies, and woeful poetry growled by vocalist Brandon Howe. After mastering the band’s “In Somber Dreams” EP, death metal legend Dan Swanö (Edge of Sanity, Bloodbath) returns to polish this album to grim perfection. Their foundation of old school death/doom is embellished with black blossoms of goth rock and evocative keyboards. The mournful atmosphere perfectly matches the harrowing cover painting by Paolo Girardi. Venture into the shadows with this death/doom masterpiece.
Wise Blood Records is proud to present “Where the Shadows Adorn,” the new album from Melodic Death/Doom guardians Mother of Graves. The album is a masterpiece of crushing darkness and exquisite gloom, mastered by death metal legend Dan Swanö (Edge of Sanity, Bloodbath).
Their debut EP In Somber Dreams received acclaim from Decibel Magazine, with Chris Dick calling it “the stuff of melodic (the dark and evil kind) legend.” Jon Rosenthal of Invisible Oranges commented, “Katatonia’s lineage is felt here, but Mother of Graves doesn’t practice the art of abject mirroring. [They are] distinctly heavier, with an ear for keyboard-laden atmospherics.” The EP’s title track was also featured on the Metal Blade Records compilation Metal Massacre XV, along with Midnight, Ripped to Shreds, and Temple of Void.
Named after a mythological Latvian protector of cemeteries (Kapu māte), Mother of Graves’ music honors the memory of a fallen bandmate. “Where the Shadows Adorn” explores mortality and loss in every growl and crestfallen note. Founding guitarists Chris Morrison and Ben Sandman—who also recorded and mixed the record—fill the album with mournful melodies. As Morrison summarizes, “We wanted to write songs that were more melodic, heavier, darker, and memorable.”
The result is an album that perfectly matches the stunning cover painting by Paolo Girardi. Brandon Howe’s acclaimed growls resonate with riveting dark poetry. The album is catharsis through creation. The foundation of old school death/doom is embellished with black blossoms of goth rock and evocative keyboards. Lyrically, the songs were borne from tragedy and pandemic isolation.
“Even after the world began to open back up, I still preferred and chased solitude,” Howe shares. “I didn’t mind the quiet, or the alone time, but it also made it easy to get trapped in your thoughts more often than usual. To really reflect on and face the deepest pits of the self. There became a certain comfort and familiarity in the darkness of things. I suppose you could say “Where the Shadows Adorn” was a place where I found my solace.”
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