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Review: Gravemachine - What Lies Beneath
What Lies Beneath

Label: Damnation Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 48:01
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: February 27, 2010
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
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What Lies Beneath

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Gravemachine is a young Norwegian Heavy Metal band and this is their debut What Lies Beneath. If I had to describe their style, it would be Nevermore with a few Death Metal screeches thrown in. Everything from the mid-paced song structure to the vocals reminds me a lot of a European version of that band. It would be too easy but accurate to call them a Nevermore clone, after all that seems to be the goal of the band.

But that does not mean that there are no differences between them: first, this band features three guitarists, and the sound reflects that. However, only one of them does the guitar solos (if any) but the riffs that are present here are very good. There is an audible bass presence, something that I'm always a fan of, and the drumming is good enough to carry the songs. Their main singer Eirik Svendsbø is a carbon copy of Warrel Dane, I've never heard someone who has such a close resemblance to any singer like this man. Not that I consider Dane a world class singer but it is good to know that if he ever resigned from that band this guy could take over and you wouldn't notice. Finally there is also a second singer that employs a rough voice; Einar Fjellda vocals are a welcome addition that offer the listener something different, a clear example of this is the track "No Fate".

Next, there is the songwriting. As I stated before, it is a lot like Nevermore and it's all over the place. The record begins with a ridiculously long symphonic techno sounding intro (I wish I were kidding) and from there the opener begins and it is a good summary of the rest of the record has to offer. Songs like "Shadowdance", "The Chosen" and the title track will win you over if you are a fan of that style. Unfortunately, I am not the biggest Nevermore fan so I didn't like it as much as some other people will.

At the end of the day, I thought that this was an above average album that will appeal to a certain audience. If you are a fan of Nevermore, then by all means get this as this will be the perfect substitute while you wait for a new Nevermore album.

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