Upon Your Grave is a death metal band from Quebec City, Canada that spin wicked tales set to harsh, fast, and infectious music. They have joined forces with heavyweight producer Christian Donaldson from Cryptopsy to ensure that this offering delivers nothing but brutality. The first single “Supremacy” is an ode to things returning to normal, people getting back on stage, people getting back in the pit. Vocalist Jordan Jolicoeur explains in further detail:
“This song symbolizes the death and rebirth of live shows caused by the pandemic. Shining a glimmer of light that attracts us to reunite and prepare for the return in music that binds us together: a united pack. It’s fast-paced and effective with an awesome chorus that we love. It’s an energetic song that really shines live and one of the first songs we created since we revived the band from the dead. It may cause some heavy headbangs.”
Over the course of five tracks spanning under twenty minutes, main composer/guitarist Sim Diamond (Finalist of Banger TV’s Shredders of Metal Season 1 – youtu.be/smraNlKUdcU?t=265) gets straight to the point with a wicked whirlwind of riffs, he conspires with Jolicoeur afterward to add the lyrics and the rest of the band fleshes out an impressive golem of aggressive death metal.
Upon Your Grave got together in 2009 and released their first single “Haunting of the Beast” in 2011, since then they have come a long way from just being five teens, jamming in their parent’s garage wanting to make their own band and create songs. They wanted to live the dream, create a kickass metal band, play shows, party, record albums, and do it all like their faves do it. They have continuously poured energy, and passion into the band, emerging with musicianship and chemistry, evident on “Gold & Decay”.
A total running time of 18 minutes delivers an intense and succinct battery of blast beats that will grab the listener and refuse to let go. The record was mixed and mastered by Donaldson and the EP artwork was done by Meike Hakkaart. It is recommended listening for fans of Decapitated, Lamb Of God, and Daath.
The music video for “Supremacy” can be seen and heard at youtu.be/Wt4kw3d6bTE
Spotify – spoti.fi/3SzHhuG
Bandcamp – uponyourgrave.bandcamp.com/track/supremacy
The EP “Gold & Decay” is being released on October 7, 2022.
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
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.