This project brings together the considerable talents of members of Full of Hell, LINGUA IGNOTA, and The Body. Grave of a Dog sounds like a hideous amalgamation of these three parent groups, while also being its own monstrous creation too.
You could loosely call this experimental industrial, I suppose, but essentially the band seem to have approached the material without any real structure or expectation. The result is a clash of horrific sounds and mangled instruments, with occasional forays into musical territories that transcend darkness, almost offering something akin to optimism and light, (almost).
Yes, overall this is a bleak vision of what music should sound like, but one that’s not without its beauty or hope. In fact, the more I listen to this, the more I feel that while the underpinning core of the band may be dark and nightmarish, it’s layered with these tentatively positive aspects, resulting in songs that have a certain tension at the upper level of their existence. Regardless, the music on this album is bleak and harsh, but not unrelentingly so, and certainly not in any one-dimensional way.
Grave of a Dog is the sort of album that’s imposing and unfriendly, and will undoubtedly be off-putting and unpleasant to the casual listener. For connoisseurs of sonic extremity, however, it offers an experimental feast of grim atmosphere to explore and lose themselves in. It’s not perfect, but Grave of a Dog is the type of album I would recommended any fan of grim experimental music to explore at length.