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US death/doom outfit Mother Of Graves reveal the first single »Tears Like Wine« taken from their upcoming album »Where The Shadows Adorn«

Indianapolis, Indiana based melodic death/doom outfit Mother Of Graves has revealed the first single »Tears Like Wine« taken from their upcoming album, »Where The Shadows Adorn«, which will be released on October 14th, 2022 via Wise Blood Records.

Vocalist/keyboardist Brandon Howe comments: “»Tears Like Wine« is probably one of the catchiest and most chorus-driven tracks on the record. It’s been a top favorite of mine in all aspects since I first heard it. The melodies they wrote for it are the kind that burn themselves in your memory and haunt you, but also uplift you. It’s personal. Consider it a dark romance, if you will. Immerse and let it enfold you.”

01. Where The Shadows Adorn
02. Rain
03. Tears Like Wine
04. The Emptiness Of Eyes
05. Of Solitude and Stone
06. The Crown
07. Ghost In The Twilight
08. The Caliginous Voice

Courtesy of Wise Blood Records:

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.

Photo by Kristie Vantlin

“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.”

Mother Of Graves release »Where The Shadows Adorn« on October 14th with Wise Blood Records. The album will be available on Vinyl, CD, Cassette Tape, and Digital. Pre-order here:

Recorded and mixed by Ben Sandman at GLB Studios.
Mastered by Dan Swanö at Unisound AB.
Drum tracks by Wesley Heaton at 1857 Studios, assisted by Marcus Bowden.
Artwork by Paolo Girardi.
Layout by David Jaggar.

Mother Of Graves is:
Brandon Howe – Vocals, Keyboards
Chris Morrison – Guitar
Ben Sandman – Guitar
Corey Clark – Bass
Don Curtis – Drums

For fans of early Katatonia, Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, Cloak and Khemmis

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

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