GRAVESEND: New York City Black/Death Metal Trio Releases Title Track To Second LP

, Gowanus Death Stomp, As Album Nears October Release On 20 Buck Spin

Stream GRAVESEND’s “Gowanus Death Stomp” HERE.

Story: Ralph Greco, Jr.

As Gowanus Death Stomp, the lethal second LP from New York City-based black/death metal trio GRAVESEND, nears release on 20 Buck Spin in late October, the title track to the album has today been unveiled.


The dark, seedy underworld of New York City once again emerges as the cityscape is tainted by sewage, crack smoke, and the trade of flesh. The streets, once bustling with life, permeate with the grotesque and filth-ridden chaos of yesteryear. Among these harsh realities, within the walls of the dimly lit alley ways, a stench reeks of bodily fluids and rat feces.


On the subway platforms, desperate souls engage in random acts of violence on one another over a few measly bucks. The East River runs a sickly green and the city’s hue mirrors the shadows cast by these illicit endeavors. Amid this unsettling somber reality, a soundscape to capture the horror is now realized in the form of GRAVESEND’s second album.


Gowanus Death Stomp compounds the cruelty displayed on 2021 debut Methods Of Human Disposal into an ever more gritty and primal barrage of violence. At the crossroads of criminal depravity and urban malaise GRAVESEND utilizes many tools of the trade. Black, death, grind, and war metal all meld seamlessly into a tar pit of scathing back-alley sadism and acid-tongued vocals.


Like a newly found corpse down by the docks, the smell of decomp is wafting out of every track on Gowanus Death Stomp. And as with NYC’s underground legends from Cro-Mags to Swans to Type O Negative, GRAVESEND embodies the pulse of the city, even as that pulse bleeds out on the concrete.


As with its predecessor, Gowanus Death Stomp was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Arthur Rizk (Tomb Mold, Kommand, Dream Unending), and the album was completed with cover photos by Mark Weber. Fans of the gnarled works of Archgoat, Napalm Death, Nausea, Antichrist Siege Machine, Conqueror, Revenge, Ruin Lust, Caustic Wound, Knelt Rote, and Of Feather And Bone, GRAVESEND should be in your crosshairs.


Be trampled by GRAVESEND’s “Gowanus Death Stomp” now at YouTube HERE and Bandcamp HERE.


Gowanus Death Stomp will be released October 27th on LP, CD, CS, and digital platforms. Place preorders at the 20 Buck Spin label arsenal HERE and Bandcamp where “Even A Worm Will Turn” is also streaming HERE. GRAVESEND has also just launched a new line of gear through Night Shift Merchandise HERE.


In the wake of the album’s release, GRAVESEND will embark on the bicoastal Death Stomping The Coasts 2023. This run of tour dates sees the band hitting East Coast metropolises New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Richmond November 30th through December 3rd with labelmates Kommand as well as Innumerable Forms. They’ll then cross the continent to storm the West Coast alongside Kommand, pummeling San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Tempe December 7th through 10th. See confirmed dates below and expect additional tour dates and festival appearances for this year and 2024 to post.


GRAVESEND – Death Stomping The Coasts 2023:

11/30/2023 TV Eye – Queens, NY w/ Kommand, Innumerable Forms

12/01/2023 Kung Fu Necktie – Philly, PA w/ Kommand, Innumerable Forms

12/02/2023 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD w/ Kommand, Innumerable Forms

12/03/2023 The Warehouse – Richmond, VA w/ Kommand, Innumerable Forms

12/07/2023 TBD – San Francisco, CA w/ Kommand

12/08/2023 Knucklehead – Los Angeles, CA w/ Kommand

12/09/2023 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA w/ Kommand

12/10/2023 The Beast – Tempe, AZ w/ Kommand

Ralph Greco, Jr. is the devilishly clever nom de plume of professional writer/musician Ralph Greco who lives in the wilds of suburban New Jersey. He is also a podcast co-host, but as everyone has a podcast these days, this fact is of very little consequence.Ralph can be reached by writing [email protected]


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