Spiral Grave presents their debut full-length album »Legacy Of The Anointed«, out now via Argonauta Records
Maryland/Virginia-based doom metal veterans Spiral Grave presents their debut full-length album, »Legacy Of The Anointed«, which was just released this Friday, July 16th, 2021 via Argonauta Records.
Spiral Grave is a collaboration of the members of two legendary mid-Atlantic bands: Iron Man, who disbanded in early 2018 following the death of their guitarist and founder Al Morris III, and Lord.
01. Nightmare On May Eve (Dunwich Pt. 1)
02. Modern-Day Golden Calf
03. Out Of My Head
05. Your Enemy’s Enemy
06. Walking Talking Dead Man
Produced and engineered by Noel Mueller.
Recorded at Tiny Castle Recording, Towson, Maryland.
Mastered by Doug Benson at Commodore Recording Studio, Thurmont, Maryland.
Cover art by Tad Leger.
Layout by Dee Calhoun.
Photography by Julya Brown with On Tour Images.
Courtesy of All Noir PR:
Spiral Grave, comprised of extraordinary vocalist Screaming Mad Dee, Iron Louis Strachan (bass), Mot Waldmann on drums and former Lord guitarist Willy Rivera, was born in 2018 after the tragic death of their longtime band mate, Alfred Morris III, founding member of iconic Iron Man.
Setting the mood for a classic heavy as hell and in your face doom, Spiral Grave quickly carved a place for themselves in North America’s heavy music scene, playing well-received sets at New England Stoner Doom Fest or the Maryland Doomfest. Ever since the release of their first single, Nothing, in mid-2019, fans have been impatiently waiting for the band’s first full-length album. But finally, the wait is over: Spiral Grave’s »Legacy Of The Anointed« will be out on July 16, 2021 through Italy’s powerhouse label Argonauta Records!
“Some of the musical ideas that ended up as songs on our debut were initially written while I was still with my previous band but with a rift growing between myself and the other members over personal and musical differences, I decided to hold onto them til I was able to find the right vehicle for them.” guitarist Willy Rivera recently said about Spiral Grave’s upcoming debut.
Photo by Julya Brown
“I wanted to step away from the extremity of my former band and get back to writing songs that were heavy but had hooks and a strong vocal presence. For this band, I wanted to draw from bands such as Dio-era Sabbath, Candlemass, Metal Church, Armored Saint, Mountain, UFO and Judas Priest with enough experimentation that would allow us to branch out on future releases. I wanted that to be the template and I found like-minded friends in the surviving members of Iron Man. I’ve known Dee for over a decade and met Lou and Mot from the scene and affiliations and while I knew working with them would bring certain expectations due to the legendary status of Iron Man, I was hopeful in what we could create and had a gut feeling that it would be great. I was very aware of the fact that you only get one shot to make your 1st impression and being that I was writing a lot of the initial ideas, it meant that I had a lot to prove…not to mention, the scrutiny that I may encounter from people who perceived me as somehow trying to replace Al Morris but you can’t replace a legend so you just try to make your own mark. So Spiral Grave is a new band with a debut album that I think will do justice to not only the scene we come from but those who helped pave the way…”
»Legacy Of The Anointed« was released on July 16, 2021 via Argonauta Records!
Spiral Grave is:
Screaming Mad Dee – Vocals
Willy Rivera – Guitar
Louis Strachan – Bass
Mot Waldmann – Drums
Photo by Julya Brown
The band about the new »Legacy Of The Anointed«:
Track 1 – »Nightmare On May Eve (Dunwich Pt. 1)«
The song is based on the HP Lovecraft story »The Dunwich Horror«, and tells the first half of the story. It is meant to be a companion to the Iron Man track »Thy Brother’s Keeper (Dunwich Pt. 2)«, which appeared on the album »South Of The Earth«. Where the Iron Man track focused on Wilbur Whateley’s brother, »Nightmare« focuses on Wilbur himself.
Track 2 – »Modern-Day Golden Calf«
A song inspired by the Cult of Trump, and dedicated to anyone who blindly worships someone and thinks that the worshipped actually gives a damn about the worshipper. It begs the question of who is the more foolish: the fool, or the fool who follows him?
Track 3 – »Out of My Head«
A song about searching for peace, and about the long journey that one has to take away from oneself at times in order to find it.
Track 4 – »Nothing«
The first song that Spiral Grave wrote is literally a song about…nothing. When adding words to the melody, the word “nothing” popped into my head, and it stuck. I rarely write in word salad, but in this case I liked the result.
Track 5 – »Your Enemy’s Enemy«
A cautionary tale regarding kissing someone’s ass in the interest of getting back at someone who is a common enemy. You just might be in the process of being used.
Track 6 – »Walking Talking Dead Man«
About the moment when all of the tumblers fall into place and you see the world for what it really is.
Track 7 – »Tanglefoot«
A song about being trapped in alcoholism, with no intention of getting out. The title comes from a 1949 episode of the classic radio show Quiet Please.
Track 8 – »Abgrund«
“He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And if you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche.
Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well