GRAVEWORM are back – and almost back to the roots!
The Italian dark metal outfit delivers once again a melodic, mystic and dark masterpiece. The sequel to the successful "Diabolical Figures" album from 2009 will be called "Fragments of Death". The album was recorded in July 2011 at the “Dream Sound Studios” in Munich, and mastered by Jan Vacik. The songs are about the death in its thousand faces, which is also reflected in the album title and cover art. Musically, the album can be seen as a mixture of the best of the last four records, with some old school roots and definitive darker than its predecessors.
Even before GRAVEWORM released any demo they got signed by “Serenades Records”, who saw an incredible show of the band close to their hometown Brunico. A demo was produced straight after, featuring classic hymns like “Eternal Winds” or “When The Sky Turns Black”, which were featured on their debut album “When Daylight’s Gone”. A great record, even more in the Gothic Metal vein, which increased a huge interest within the scene.
A tour with CREMATORY, THERION & LAKE OF TEARS followed and proved the enormous power the band creates on stage. Shortly after the tour the MCD “Underneath The Crescent Moon” followed, featuring the bands hymn “Awaiting The Shining”, as well as the classical version of the track “Awake” sung by Sarah Jezebel Deva (CRADLE OF FILTH and THERION), who became close friends with the sympathic Italians after their tour.
GRAVEWORM soon became popular, played the “Wacken Festival” in 1998 and started the songwriting for their second album “As The Angel Reached The Beauty”, released in 1999. A tour with MYSTIC CIRCLE, STORMLORD and SUIDAKRA was done, followed by another one together with AGATHODAIMON and SIEBENBÜRGEN, as well as festival shows at the “Wave Gotik Treffen” and others.
In 2001 “Scourge Of Malice” was released, featuring their most brutal material, including the IRON MAIDEN cover version “Fear Of The Dark. A first headliner tour was played, supported by VINTERSORG, DORNENREICH and DARKWELL, which turned out to be very successful. The band played the “Summer Breeze Festival” in 2001, as well as a headliner show at the Italian “Badia Rocks” in 2002. GRAVEWORM decided to sign with NUCLEAR BLAST and started the production of their fourth album “Engraved In Black”.
“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” 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”, GRAVEWORM are back on the way to the top. The limited first edition also contains a new version of their all-time hymn “Awake”. There will be also a videoclip done for “No Future”.