Monday 21 March 2016

At The Graves - Cold And True (Album Review) And Exclusive Album Stream

Release date: March 22nd 2016. Label: Self Released. Format: Cassette/CD/DD

Cold And True – Tracklisting

Viscous State
Between Two Thirds
Repress I
Cold And True
As Dirt

Band Members:

Instruments, voice, recording, mixing, mastering, art by Ben Price


I've been a fan of At The Graves ever since I heard their first releases I and II back in 2011. I became a fan of the bands heavy and complex sludge/post-metal riffs. Ben Price is the main person behind At The Graves. They've had a few line-up changes over the years but Ben is now doing At The Graves as a one-man band. Don't let that tag put you off as Ben seriously knows his stuff. His music is a mixture of ISIS, Neurosis and Cult Of Luna Sludge/Post-Metal sounds with harsh vocals to match.

At The Graves are about to release their 2nd full length album. Cold And True is a harsh and desolate cold as hell experience with the music instantly you drawing in. It's been a long time since I've listened to a great post-metal album such as this. Intelligent lyrics with heartfelt vocals matched with brutal sludge driven riffs. It's hard to believe this is the work of one man.

Songs such as Viscous State, Fulgur and Two Thirds demonstrate why I rate At The Graves so highly within the Post-Metal field. The instrumental work is superb through-out. This is the first At The Graves album in 4 years and it's definitely been worth the wait. The album has quite a lo-fi and distorted raw sound but it works superbly well. It's quite a depressing album to listen to at times as Ben has written some fairly bleak lyrics.

Though the thing that surprised me the most was Ben's willingness to take risks with his music. You can even hear shades of Grunge and Noise Rock appear on the album at times. Cold And True is quite a bold and adventurous album for Ben to make. It's strays away from the sounds of the earlier releases that At The Graves have released over the last 7 years.

When songs such as Shimmer, Cold And True appear it's then you begin to realise what a stunning album this is. Yeah it's different to the usual At The Graves sound but it's always good for a band to try something different. Cold And True is a must have album. Plain and Simple.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Ben for the promo. Cold And True will be available to buy on Cassette/CD/DD from March 22nd 2016. You can hear the album in full below. As Ben has allowed ourselves to stream the album fully. Check it out.