Quebec City’s UPON YOUR GRAVE Take A Chance w/ Music Video “Pandora”; New EP “Gold & Decay” Out Oct 7th; mixed and mastered by Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy)
Upon Your Grave has laid dormant for a while, but now the death metal act from Quebec, Canada rises with a new EP on the horizon and a music video for the single “Pandora”. The single tells a classic story, set to the dynamic and at times, melodic death metal that the band has been refining since 2009. Vocalist Jordan Jolicoeur explains in further detail:
“The single talks about the mythic story and the box that holds that same name. It’s the only song on the EP that approaches a somewhat spiritual theme in touch with ancient Greek myths, while still retaining the same vibe as the other songs. It’s in-your-face, relentless, aggressive and one that we really like to play live because of its short action-packed nature. The arrangements are smart and cohesive, delivering a brutal quick fix to any listener.”
The band continues to say that fans who are familiar with their previous material will likely see them from a new angle, that they come across as much more aggressive and authentic sounding, more experienced, and with a change of sound. In terms of lyrics on the release, Jolicoeur details that he went for something brutal and grandiose to fit the tones of the instrumental compositions. The aggressive, vivid lyrics are inspired by the epic soundscapes that drive the feeling of each track.
Mixed and mastered by Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy), “Gold & Decay” is 18 minutes in total, short and sweet, straight to the point, diverse death metal. Initially, they intended to release a full length, but decided to reduce it down to an EP, to gauge the reaction of their new sound. They have plenty of material ready to go, and LP is likely in their future.
Upon Your Grave is ready to show fans what they got through this new record and on the stage. Those that get to see them will be greeted by full-on energy, a tight performance, and incredible blasting double pedal drums hitting you hard. They are recommended for fans of Lamb Of God, The Black Dahlia Murder, and The Absence.
The music video for “Pandora” can be seen and heard via Slamworldwide – https://youtu.be/zukpcrmhwxE
Fun Fact: Main composer/guitarist Sim Diamond was a finalist on Banger TV’s Shredders of Metal Season 1 – https://youtu.be/smraNlKUdcU?t=265
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
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
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.