“The sonic embodiment of William Lustig’s Maniac…” – Decibel Magazine
Gowanus Death Stomp, the ruthless second LP from New York City-based blackened death/grind metal trio GRAVESEND, is now streaming in its entirety ahead of the album’s worldwide release this Friday on 20 Buck Spin.
The dark, seedy underworld of New York City once again emerges as the cityscape is tainted by sewage, crack smoke, and the trade of flesh. The streets, once bustling with life, permeate with the grotesque and filth-ridden chaos of yesteryear. Among these harsh realities, within the walls of the dimly lit alley ways, a stench reeks of bodily fluids and rat feces.
On the subway platforms, desperate souls engage in random acts of violence on one another over a few measly bucks. The East River runs a sickly green and the city’s hue mirrors the shadows cast by these illicit endeavors. Amid this unsettling somber reality, a soundscape to capture the horror is now realized in the form of GRAVESEND‘s second album.
Gowanus Death Stomp compounds the cruelty displayed on 2021 debut Methods Of Human Disposal into an ever more gritty and primal barrage of violence. At the crossroads of criminal depravity and urban malaise GRAVESEND utilizes many tools of the trade. Black, death, grind, and war metal all meld seamlessly into a tar pit of scathing back-alley sadism and acid-tongued vocals.
Like a newly found corpse down by the docks, the smell of decomp is wafting out of every track on Gowanus Death Stomp. And as with NYC’s underground legends from Cro-Mags to Swans to Type O Negative, GRAVESEND embodies the pulse of the city, even as that pulse bleeds out on the concrete.
As with its predecessor, Gowanus Death Stomp was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Arthur Rizk (Power Trip, Tomb Mold, Kommand), and the album was completed with cover photos by Mark Weber. Fans of the gnarled works of Archgoat, Napalm Death, Nausea, Antichrist Siege Machine, Conqueror, Revenge, Ruin Lust, Caustic Wound, Knelt Rote, and Of Feather And Bone, GRAVESEND’s Gowanus Death Stomp is a must-hear.
Endure the back-alley beating of GRAVESEND’s Gowanus Death Stomp RIGHT HERE.
Gowanus Death Stomp will be released this Friday, October 27th on LP, CD, MC, and digital formats. Place preorders at the 20 Buck Spin arsenal HERE and Bandcamp HERE, and find a new line of GRAVESEND gear at Night Shift Merchandise HERE.
Watch for live actions supporting Gowanus Death Stomp to post shortly.
“From the muck and mire of New York City comes the unrivaled chaotic stylings of GRAVESEND, a collective of worshippers to the grind, black, war, and bestial arts who hold a lens to the flayed flesh of our sociopolitical reality… The sonic embodiment of William Lustig’s Maniac, Gowanus Death Stomp is an auditory gut punch, a frenzied, sullen, and unrelentingly heavy listen…” – Decibel Magazine
“If you yearn for the days where you were guaranteed to die in New York, this one’s got your name on it.” – Metal Injection
“…starts out as a blast of grindy fury before venturing off into murkier, swampier territory.” – BrooklynVegan on the “Even a Worm Will Turn” single
“…GRAVESEND simply sound like no one else. Gowanus Death Stomp is focused aggression that knows exactly where to slice for maximum effect and before you know it, you’re bleeding out.” – Everything Is Noise
“…there is no weak material on Gowanus Death Stomp. It crushes you into the dust with furious abandon and drags your pummeled wreck of a body behind a dumpster but somehow leaves you breathless and staggering back to your feet for another round.” – Angry Metal Guy
“It is completely uncompromising… it’s here to basically kill you dead for its runtime then leave you be without the hint of a thought crossing its mind regarding your wellbeing… Gowanus Death Stomp is a record with hollowed eyes and rabid bloodlust, waiting.” – The Razor’s Edge