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Graveyard Dirt : My Scourge, My Plague (EP)


Graveyard Dirt's EP leaves you wishing for more of their bleak and crushing Death/Doom.



Graveyard Dirt formed in 1994, and soundwise they can be compared to early My Dying Bride (the lead guitar especially) playing great Doom/Death. They recorded and released the classic 'Of Romance And Fire' demo in the summer of 1995 and the 'Shadows Of Old Ghost'’ EP in late 2007. Following that came the 2010 full length album 'For Grace Or Damnation', which I really enjoyed. They have once again raised themselves up from the ashes to release this 3 song beauty. 'My Scourge, My Plague' is the latest release from the Donegal Irish masters. You only have to look at the history of Ireland to see the mysteries and special feelings this part of the country brings. This is completely conveyed in their music.

The music is slow, bleak and crushing and so melody driven. After listening to these three songs you can easily see where the strong points are. Lead guitars take centre stage and weave beautiful melodies throughout each song. You can't deny the impressive building of the songs' rhythms. Once you step back, you can then really appreciate the rhythm guitars that lie underneath the leads. These are powerful and hit you like a rock slide.

The vocals took a little while to get me going again, but once you play this album a few times they just fit perfectly for me, like their previous works. Paul Leyden’s voice is certainly unique and the spoken passages are dark and murky (Daylight Dies are a band I think also do this really well). Special mention goes to the introduction of violins which cut through and really open up the songs to a new dimension.

With members leaving, and various issues, I'm glad that the guys still managed to get these three songs out there. 'Her Haunting Smile', track two on the EP, was an old track which dates back to 1995, as guitarist Kieran O’Toole stated in an interview I read. They then revisited and updated certain parts and structures. This is definitely something you can see within the songs. This band is not afraid to go over old ground, and bring ancient riffs and blend them with a new infusion of darkness.

The songs were again recorded at Trackmix Recording Studio:a familiar place that gives this band a comfortable environment to breathe and explore sounds, amp settings etc. The production is spot on again, with the guitars sounding epic and the leads sweeping over the music. 'The Sirens Refrain' is my standout track. The drums are monstrous and complement each riff that destroys your ear drums. Great separation in the guitars and panning really open this song up across the spectrum and I love the acoustic break around the 6:42 mark. Three songs are not enough, and by the time it ends you wish for more. You feel like the journey is half done, a chapter almost finished. Hopefully, this album will be a stepping stone to more works, as they have already laid the foundation with these historic landscapes of Doom.


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Reviewer's rating: 8/10

Information

Tracklist :
1. A Poisoned Seed
2. Her Haunting Smile
3. The Sirens Refrain

Duration : Approx. 26 minutes

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Reviewed on 2016-02-07 by Riccardo Veronese
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