Graveshadow is a Symphonic Metal band that incorporates Doom, Thrash and Goth Metal. Based out of Sacramento, CA since 2013 and later this year the band will release a new EP, and here are the track Gwynnbleidd as an appetizer.
According to guitarist Aaron Robitsch, Gwynnbleidd was inspired by the popular Netflix fantasy drama The Witcher. «I initially wrote the music for the project that guitarist Will Walkerand I were going to form when Graveshadow seemed like it was over»,he explains. «When Rachl Raxx Quinn was recruited, we felt that the song had the potential to showcase her vocals perfectly and show a strong comeback for the band. Lyrically, Rachl Raxx Quinntook inspiration from The Witcher, continuing our trend of songs being influenced from a variety of fandoms, including Game Of Thrones, World Of Warcraft, The Legend Of Zelda and Doctor Who».
Walker adds, «I’m really excited about this track. I feel it showcases the next natural evolution of Graveshadow`s sound, and Aaron did a fantastic job composing it. It was also the first chance we got to work with Rachl in a writing capacity, and I’m thrilled with how it turned out. I was on a huge Witcher’kick, so when Rachl Raxx Quinn wanted the lyrics to center on Geralt and Ciri’s relationship, I was on board immediately. We’ve always enjoyed weaving lyrics about our favorite stories into our music, and I think this is one that our fans are really going to enjoy. It showcases a leap forward in the guitar work, and the orchestrations are bombastic and uplifting at the same time. This is just a taste of what we’ll be releasing later this year, and I feel it’s a damn fine first sip! ».
Gwynnbleidd is expected to appear on Graveshadow`s forthcoming EP, which will further showcase the potential displayed on their 2015 debut Nocturnal Resurrection and Ambition’s Price, both of which saw the group deftly mix symphonic and gothic metal with elements of doom, thrash and epic progressive power metal.
Since forming in 2013, Graveshadow have earned extensive praise for mixing fantasy-based lyrics with crushing guitars, beautiful keyboard melodies, thundering bass, earth-shattering drums and powerful vocals that range from operatic highs to unearthly growls, creating a rich and dynamic musical atmosphere that is ripe for storytelling. The group has built a steady following in the Western United States in recent years through regional tours and performances alongside the likes of Sirenia, Tarja, Angra, Arkona, Children of Bodom, Apocalyptica, Marty Friedman, Death Angel, Flotsam and Jetsam and Anvil.