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UK stoner rockers The Grand Mal release the second single »Smash The Grave« taken from their eponymous sophomore album »II«

UK stoner rock quartet The Grand Mal has released the second single »Smash The Grave« taken from their eponymous sophomore album, called »II«, which will drop on November 4th, 2022 via APF Records.

01. Another Replicant
02. Petit Mal
03. Shallow
04. I Live For Today
05. Rule My Soul
06. Smash The Grave
07. Lost In Time
08. Hellbound Blues
09. The Lingering
10. Seas Of Glory
11. Empire Of Vultures
12. Bloodmoon

Courtesy of APF Records:

The Grand Mal are essentially Oxford royalty. A coming together of five of the city’s favourite sons, in the form of Desert Storm’s twin brothers Ryan (guitar) and Elliot Cole (drums), as well as Mother Corona’s Rob Glenn (bass), Lee Cressey (guitar) and Dave-O (vocals), this is a band you should definitely already be interested in from that fact alone.

Formed in 2015 and having already honed their chops in their other bands, it was always a no brainer that they should find a place at APF Records given their individual pedigrees; so after hearing their tracks put to record, the band signed to APF in 2018.

Their self-titled debut, October 2019’s »The Grand Mal [APF021], leant into grunge, whilst maintaining elements of the sludge, southern and stoner that have become staples of Desert Storm and Mother Corona’s output. Opening with the crunchy hooks of »Explode«, it was an instant introduction to an absolutely massive record; one which reached far further outward than a mere sum of the constituent parts. From start to finish, The Grand Mal captured the attention, leading to critical acclaim, significant sales, and a placing at No. 8 in the Doom Charts.

Following the album’s release »The Grand Mal« would play live all over the UK, both on a 10-date headline tour and as support to Conjurer, Evil Scarecrow, Sergeant Thunderhoof, Tuskar, Dead Lettuce, The Brothers Keg, Alunah, Desert Storm, Limb, and many others.

After focusing on the release of Desert Storm’s Omens album and European tour in 2020 and 2021, Elliot and Ryan have returned to The Grand Mal, recording album two with Dave-O, Rob and Lee at Jimmy Hetherington’s Shonk Studio. A band who could and should never be dismissed as a side project, The Grand Mal have built upon their solid foundations, assembling a monolithic beast of a second record.

Order your copy here:

Additional lapsteel by Jimmy Hetherington.
Recorded and mixed by Jimmy Hetherington at Shonk Studios, January to July 2021.
Mastered by Jimmy Hetherington at Warehouse Studios, August 2022.
Art layout by Dominic Sohor.

The Grand Mal is:
Dave-O – Vocals, Tambourine, Keys
Ryan Cole – Guitars, Acoustic Guitar on »Lost In Time«
Elliot Cole – Drums, Percussion
Rob Glen – Bass
Lee Cressey – Guitars, Acoustic Guitar on »Bloodmoon«

Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well

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