Wednesday 25 March 2020

ALBUM PREMERE: Grim Ravine, 'It's A Long Way Down, To Where You Are'

Cited as one of the finest purveyors of extreme blackened doom to emerge from the UK and having firmly left their mark with 2015’s self-titled and 2017’s “The Light is from Below”, south coast quintet Grim Ravine, proudly reveal their latest opus “It’s A Long Way Down, To Where You Are”. Their new four track album spans a multitude of soundscapes from doom to black metal, melodic to discord, it’s ethereal and haunting. “It’s A Long Way Down, To Where You Are” is an album that could be summarised as one of positive misery, a celebration of hopelessness and the futility of our joyous descent into oblivion.

“It’s A Long Way Down, To Where You Are” is out 27th March 2020 via Hostile Media and will be available on CD and vinyl formats as well as on all major streaming and digital platforms (preorder HERE). Today at THE SLUDGELORD we’re offering our followers the first taste of the album, with an exclusive stream which you can check out below.  I also fired some questions at the band about the new album, the scene and their aspirations for the future.  Turn it up loud and watch your speakers die!!

SL: For those people unfamiliar with your band, are there any bands on the scene past and present that you would use as a reference point bands to describe your band, and who or what continues to inspire you and push you to try new things?

There are no particular bands that spring to mind to be honest. At the start we just wanted to play slow and heavy, but with every member adding their own style in we naturally developed a more "blackened" edge that was ever intended, but we have embraced this and have really been inspired by where our combined creative processes will take us next

SL: What can you tell us about your new record and where do you feel it sits within the context of current doom scene?

Probably sits on its own in the corner, but I think anyone who has an interest in the nastier side of doom/sludge or the more atmospheric ambient black metal should find something to their taste 

SL: Does anything spring to mind when you think about the completion of your new record and how is the mood in the camp at present?

We have experimented a lot more on this release and bought in more of our personal influences and we are very proud of the results. There have been a few delays with the release that have been out of our hands so we are also very relieved that finally people can hear it!

SL:What stands out as your overarching memory from the recording sessions?

The location that we recorded all the instruments in. This was at Old Chapel Studios in Chichester and the building itself, as well as the larger recording space, really created a different atmosphere during the process than we have ever experienced before.

SL: With you new record in the bag, how is your schedule shaping up over the next 12 months (Nb. this questions were sent prior to the Coronavirus outbreak)?

Well due to the current situation our live schedule is currently on hold, however we have been working constantly while waiting for the album to drop and have written a lot of new songs. It is most likely that we will be back in the studio sooner rather than later. We'd ideally like to do a split for our next release

SL:Finally, do you last words?

Just to thank you, and anyone who checks out our album, for your time. The current situation means that we do not have the chance to play live at this moment and support our album release that way, but our stuff is available online if anyone wants to check it out!

Band info: facebook