Grave Of Thorns is a band from Oakland, California that recently released a self-titled four-song EP Grave of Thorns. They play dark punk/rock that made me think of a band you might see in the club like the now defunct CBGB. Their music is raw, visceral and covered in goth. I was reminded of bands like Siouxsie and the Banshees and others of the same ilk while listening to these songs.
They open with “The Belfry” which has a good amount of energy while laying in a cocoon of darkness. It feels dingy as if you are dancing with vampires. This is the mood that prevails throughout the remaining signs. It’s certainly a niche and personally a style of music I have to be in the right mood for.
“Children of the Cold War” revolves around distorted guitars, feedback, hard-hitting drums and a strong female lead vocal. It's not the catchiest song I’ve heard this year but there are some great moments on the song. The funeral style organ feels fitting and fits the general vibe of the music.
“Desolation” has hints of bands like The Pixies and Joy Division. The flavor doesn't change much from the previous songs. When it comes to lyrics they reflect the general vibe of the music. An impending sense of dread and anxiety are created with the lyrics.
“Ephemeral Shiver” is no redemption song, The song is perhaps the most bleak sounding of the four. Waves of white noise take over the song with piano and vocals that sound as if they are being sung from beyond the grave.
Grave Of Thorns isn't reinventing the wheel by any stretch of the imagination but not only have a very firm grasp of what they are doing but pull it off. This is the type of music that people are usually all about or just don’t get. Take a listen and you decide.
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