Chicago’s epic doom metal act EARTHEN GRAVE announces that the band has parted ways with longtime drummer Scott Davidson. Davidson played on the group’s 2009 Dismal Times debut EP and recently-released full-length album Earthen Grave.
The band issued a collective statement this week: “We wish Scott all the best with his many other projects including his long time running Chicago’s Rebel Radio, his Sabbath/Dio tribute band Heaven & Hell Chicago and all his future endeavors.”
EARTHEN GRAVE is currently auditioning drummers for Davidson’s replacement.
In the meantime, EARTHEN GRAVE will perform a special semi-acoustic show at The Iron Ward in Cleveland this Saturday, October 20th featuring Rachel Barton Pine, Ron Holzner, Mark Weiner, Tony Spillman, Jason Muxlow, and Hannah Barton. The band has also confirmed a headlining gig at the Double Door in Chicago on November 30th.
EARTHEN GRAVE was founded in 2008 by guitarist Jason Muxlow (The Living Fields, Wintering) bassist Ron Holzner (formerly of Trouble, Debris Inc., Place of Skulls), and drummer Scott Davidson (ex-Stonehenge, Rebel Radio). The trio recruited vocalist Mark Weiner (Trifog), guitarist Tony Spillman (Spillage), and renowned classical violinist Rachel Barton Pine who performs on extended range electric flying V violin. In late April of this year, EARTHEN GRAVE released its mammoth first album titled Earthen Grave. Produced by Ron Holzner, and released via his own Claude & Elmo Music, this layered opus showcases the range and diversity of the band’s epic and commanding material.
Stream the entire self-titled album at EARTHEN GRAVE’s Bandcamp page.
“…one of the year’s most promising debuts… Earthen Grave sounds old school without being retro, managing to go through every element on which lesser bands usually fail with exquisite grace and solemn subtlety…” – Terrorizer
“…the integrity and honesty of the musical endeavour shines through, making this a thought-provoking, melancholic metal creation with some real magic…” – Zero Tolerance
“Simply put, “Earthen Grave” is a modern doom metal classic that will live beyond a mere best-of-the-year bestowing. 4.5/5″ – Metal Underground
“…a unique and refreshing take on the doom metal genre. 8/10” – Doommantia
“…they take the Black Sabbath/Pentagram/Witchfinder General formula to another level by adding in Pine’s lovely violin work, which gives these crushing songs an almost Kansas-ish feel to them in spots. 4/5” – Sea of Tranquility
“…one of the year’s best doom newcomers.” – Blistering
“…one of the most unique doom sounds I have heard in a long time. This Chicago based band has certainly offset themselves from their peers. 9/10” – This Is Not A Scene