Hailing from Quebec City, Canada, Upon Your Grave are a solid melodic death metal outfit that has a savage new EP coming out this year and a second music video to compliment it. This new video is a lyric video for the song “Transcend”, the final song on the album that rounds out five tracks, which offers a new perspective on the band that has been around since 2009. Vocalist Jordan Jolicoeur is a huge sci-fi geek and that lends to a lot of the lyrical themes on the EP, exemplified on the single. He explains in his own words:
“Transcend talks about a dystopian future where we put our bodies on warranty with cybernetic enhancements and augmented brains. Searching for a way to ascend with technology and bring the next step in evolution. Heavily inspired by Ghost in the Shell and cyberpunk elements, this one might interest listeners who like these aesthetics or know them. It’s a big song that begins with a slap in the face, brutal riffs, and relentless drumming. bringing you in deep waters all along until it lets you breathe with a shredding solo. we really like this one as it is an experience to play it as a band.”
In Upon Your Grave, all the songs are written by guitarist Sim Diamond, who took part in Sam Dunn’s Shredders of Metal season 1 (video) and made it all the way to the semi-finals in Toronto. He was joined by Jolicoeur and guitarist Alex Bussieres and then Sebastien Gagné on drums and Yan Pelletier on bass, two good friends from the local band Scars Of Disgrace, the band had found their perfect lineup to go forward.
Upon Your Grave delivers exactly what metalheads want from a death metal band – exciting fast riffs; steady, thundering drums, well-written lyrics, and an ambiance that is conducive to headbanging, and moshing. After giving this record a spin or two, people are going to be into it and will be demanding more. They are recommended for fans of The Black Dahlia Murder, The Absence, and Decapitated.
The video for “Transcend” can be seen and heard here:
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The EP “Gold & Decay” is being released on October 7, 2022.
EP pre-order – https://uponyourgrave.bandcamp.com
Music Video – “Supremacy” – https://youtu.be/Wt4kw3d6bTE
Music Video – “Pandora” – https://youtu.be/zukpcrmhwxE
Nov 12 – Bar Paradox – La Baie, QC
Dec 10 – La Source de La Martiniere – Quebec, QC (EP launch show)
1. Revived (0:40)
2. From Beyond (4:57)
3. Pandora (3:04)
4. Supremacy (4:59)
5. Transcend (5.02)
EP Length: 18:01
Yan Pelletier – Bass
Sim Diamond – Lead Guitar
Jordan Jolicoeur – Vocals
Sebastien Gagné – Drums
Alex Bussieres – Rythm Guitar
– ALL SONGS PERFORMED BY : UPON YOUR GRAVE
– ALL SONGS WRITTEN BY : SIM DIAMOND
– PRODUCED BY : UPON YOUR GRAVE
– MIXED BY : CHRISTIAN DONALDSON
– MASTERED BY : CHRISTIAN DONALDSON
– EP ARTWORK BY : MEIKE HAKKAART
For more info:
Quick EPK – https://wp.me/pciNW-i76
Established in 2009, Quebec, Canada-based death metal act, Upon Your Grave, is finally back swinging.
In 2019, at the dawn of the band’s 10th anniversary, Sim Diamond, Alex Bussieres and Jordan Jolicoeur grasped the opportunity given by the lockdown to start writing and rehearsing for a new album. This is their first effort since the Eponym debut album back in 2013. During their time away from Upon Your Grave, each member stayed active by releasing albums with other projects like Vibrant Heels and Universal Minds. Lead guitarist Sim Diamond also got to be part of Sam Dunn’s Shredders of Metal season 1 and made it all the way to the finals in Toronto. Now adding two new members to the mix, Sebastien Gagné on drums and Yan Pelletier on bass, two good friends from the local band Scars Of Disgrace, the band had found their perfect lineup to go forward.
With the help of a successful GoFundMe campaign, the band was able to go record a new EP with Chris Donaldson of Cryptopsy in March of 2022. this collaboration was the perfect fit that would elevate their performances to a more genuine and aggressive sound. Incorporating crushing vocals blended with catchy melodies, bad-ass guitar riffs and memorable solos that remind us of bands such as Daath, Lamb of God, Sylosis and even All Shall Perish.
Gold & Decay proves that work ethic and perseverance can truly refine a band’s sound to what they had always been striving for. This new release will be a fresh start for great things to come and is only the beginning of a flourishing career.
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“UPON YOUR GRAVE has a lot of energy to extinguish throughout their debut, it consists of great ideas and musical diversities. The band’s passion for traditional Melodic Death Metal is noticed and felt, yet their combination of Rock and progression really benefited their efforts even more. This one is highly recommended, get ready to bang your heard.” – Metal Temple
“If you can stomach the screams then you’ll find yourself listening to an album from a band who pack plenty of punch. The songs are full of beef, easy to get into, and work well for loosening those neck muscles. Whether this album wins or loses though, rests simply on how much of an assault your eardrums can take.” – V13
“Eponym donne accès à un énorme buffet de epic guitar, solo bien garni, accompagné de rythme franc, de quoi conquérir les fans de: Children of Bodom, In Flames et Trivium.” – Ondes Chocs
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Un gând despre “Quebec City’s UPON YOUR GRAVE Rise To New Heights With “Transcend” Off New EP “Gold & Decay” Out Oct 7th; mixed and mastered by Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy)”
I never heard of Upon Your Grave before, but after seeing this post, I decided to check them out. They’re exactly what I need in a death metal band! This was a great post, and I look forward to hearing their new EP.