Gravestone are a band from Italy that plays a progressive form of death metal with a touch of black metal and this is a review of their 2017 ep "Proud To Be Dead" which was released by Sliptrick Records.
Hospital sounds start off the ep along with the sounds of a horror movie soundtrack a few seconds later which also leads up to a heavier sound along with a few synths while the vocals are mostly death metal growls with a few screams and when t he music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard.
A great amount of melody can be heard in the guitar riffing along with a great amount of 90's influences while the screams add in a touch of black metal and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording and the solos and leads are done in a very melodic fashion.
When clean playing is utilized it gives the songs a more progressive feeling and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with most of the tracks being very long and epic in length and both whispers and technical elements are also used at times and as the ep progresses more symphonic and atmospheric elements are added onto the recording.
Gravestone plays a style of death metal that mixes progressive, melodic, atmospheric, symphonic and black metal elements together to create something different, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Lovecraft themes.
In my opinion Gravestone are a very great sounding progressive death metal band with a touch of black metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Corpse Embodiment" and "Flagellation". 8/5 put of 10.