Graveworm is a melodic black metal band with extremely heavy influences from gothic metal, doom metal, (on older albums) and death metal (on two newer ones).
Originating from Bruneck, Italy, they formed in 1992. Even before Graveworm released any demo they got signed by Serenades Records, who saw a show of the band close to their hometown Brunico.
Graveworm was signed by Serenades Records in 1997, releasing their first EP, Eternal Winds, in that same year. During their first tour together with Crematory, Therion and Lake of Tears, the band promoted the album "When Daylight's Gone" (info | shop).
In 1998, the EP Underneath the Crescent Moon (info) was released, featuring Sarah Jezebel Deva (Cradle of Filth, Therion) in the track "Awake...Thy Angels Of Sorrow". Graveworm also performed at the Wacken Open Air (Germany) with bands such as Children of Bodom, Cradle of Filth and Vader. The second album As the Angels Reach the Beauty (info | shop) was finished in 1999, and followed by a European tour with Agathodaimon.
Scourge of Malice (info | shop) was released in 2001, which allowed the band their first headliner tour together with Dornenreich, Vintersorg and Darkwell. In 2002, they changed to the German Nuclear Blast label. At this point, Didi Schraffel (bass) left the band and Harry Klenk (guitars) was replaced by Eric Treffel. Treffel soon left the band in the same year and was replaced by Eric Righi on guitar.
Together with Righi, they produced Engraved in Black (info), which was finished in 2003, and enhanced with a feature of R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion". Shortly after the release, Stefan Unterpertinger (guitar) quit and Lukas Flarer joined the band. Also, Harry Klenk, former guitarist and now bassist, re-joined the band.
In 2004, Graveworm played on the X-Mass Festival tour together with Destruction, Kataklysm, and many others. Martin Innerbichler (drums) took a break to study and was temporarily replaced by Moritz Neuner (previously the Darkwell and Shadowcast drummer). The album (N)utopia (info | shop) was released in 2005. Lukas Flarer (guitarist) has left the band for personal reasons and been replaced with Orgler "Stirz" Thomas.
In 2006, Graveworm embarked on a North American tour with Kataklysm, Destruction, The Absence, and Vader. On April 10, 2007, the promo of the latest Graveworm album, Collateral Defect (info | shop), leaked on the web. The album was launched in Europe on May 25 via Massacre Records and June 5 in North America through Nuclear Blast. It was produced by Andy Classen at Stage One studios in Borgentreich, Germany.
“Nutopia the following album shows the band in a more midtempo way but with some hits like “Never enough” and “Hateful design”, which became classics in their live shows.
The next output “Collateral Defect” shows the band in a new way, with some modern influences due to the fact of a new songwriter. Again this album contained a cover song, this time was a classic one from the 80s Bonny Tyler “I need a hero”.
The last output “Diabolical Figures” (info | shop) in 2009, became an even heavier and more intense record, compared to the band previous ones, but still with all typical GRAVEWORM trademarks.
Once again GRAVEWORM did another cover-version, this time “Message in a bottle” of the 80’s pop act Police, which might turn out to be a club-hit all over the world.
Finally with “Fragments Of Death”(info | shop), GRAVEWORM are back on the way to the top.