Friday 8 December 2017

Grave Pleasures - Infatuation Overkill

GRAVE PLEASURES is Finland's most notorious Post-Punk band.

There are still those rare bands out there in the world that have a unique ability to combine macabre, mystifying rock with a more pop-oriented flare, a la early BOWIE or early THE CURE. GRAVE PLEASURES are such a band that is equally suited for playing on a stadium stage, or in some Lynchian nightmare. It’s that duality and electrifying contradiction that makes their music so exhilarating.

Lead guitarist Juho Vanhanen (ORANSSI PAZUZU) steps up to write the majority of the songs together with British-born outcast McNerney (HEXVESSEL, ex- BEASTMILK/DHG/CODE). His screaming telecaster and unique interplay of discord and harmony has become a trademark of the band’s sound. Together with guitarist Aleksi Kiiskilä (ex - KOHU 63), their strings shimmer, hammer and howl out a web of sound which is distinctly GRAVE PLEASURES. Fleshed out by the hypnotic signature rhythms of Valtteri Arino (ex- BEASTMILK) on bass and Rainer Tuomikanto frenetically pounding the funeral drums (AJATTRA, ex- SHINING Swe), this group of well established punks have started to reach up to their zenith on their sordid new testament "Motherblood".

"Motherblood" was recorded at Orgone Studios in the UK with Jaime Gomez Arellano (GHOST, ULVER, HOST, PARADISE LOST) in March 2017. The studio was suitably situated on the site of an old WW2 coding bunker and brought with it the isolation of the bleak British countryside. The setting helped give the album an intense and smiling urgency that picks up where 80s UK bands such as MAGAZINE, THE WIRE and ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN left off, but never stopping long enough to look back too much into the past. Featuring guest vocals from David Tibet from CURRENT 93, the band sets the tone for their inspirations, from the esoteric underground of England’s hidden reverse to Manchester’s sound of misery. With their own metallic raw tone clashed with pop hooks, "Motherblood" is a furiously passionate and contemporary record, which re-defines post-punk as a “war-cry for the eternally doomed.”

Following the recording, they were asked to support their heroes KILLING JOKE on a short tour of Europe during June 2017. Debuting upcoming album songs to a newly captivated and eager audience, "Motherblood’s" fallout had begun. Come Fall 2017, the album will be out and detonated, let loose upon the world by Century Media Records.


Mat McNerney (Hexvessel, ex- BEASTMILK/DHG/Code) – Vocals
Juho Vanhanen (Oranssi Pazuzu) – Guitars
Aleksi Kiiskilä (KOHU 63) – Guitars
Valtteri Arino (BEASTMILK) – Bass
Rainer Tuomikanto (AJATTRA, ex- SHINING Swe) - Drums


“Dreamcrash” album CD/LP 2015 Sony Columbia/Metal Blade “Funeral Party” 7” 2016 Secret Trees “Motherblood” album CD/LP 2017 Century Media Records

Today's tune "Infatuation Overkill" is taken from the latest album "Motherblood" released in September 29th.

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