Although this day has seen been relatively good with new tracks from At the Gates and Furia, it is a sad day for doom fans. Chicago-based doom act Earthen Grave has decided to disband. Metal Kaoz has reported that bassist Ron Holzner (The Skull, ex-Trouble) and guitarist Jason Muxlow (Wintering, The Living Fields) decided to mutually disband the band after five years of existence.
Ron Holzner states about this decision:
“Jason and I started this band in 2008 (with Scott Davidson) in a time when I was about to retire from the music business but Jason rejuvenated me musically and started a fire under my ass! We assembled a great group of musicians and finished writing a bunch of good songs and recorded them. Our last show was with Pentagram and it was one of our best. Mark Weiner, Rachel Barton Pine, Scott Davidson, Tony Spillman, and Chris Wozniak were great to play, write and record with. I wish to all of them nothing but wonderful blessings, happiness and success in whatever they do. It was a long, hard but musically rewarding journey.
“In the words of Robert Smith of The Cure: ‘I don’t want another run around / I don’t want to start again / No, I don’t want another run around / I want this to be the end’
“Earthen Grave was the end of ‘starting over’ for me… I’m ready to ride out The Skull into the sunset.
“It was a lot of work in those five years; writing, recording, producing, managing, booking shows, book keeping, etc… It was a full time job that financially cost me and did not turn a profit and you can only do this for so long until the financial stranglehold gets the best of you. After all, five years is the average lifespan of bands. Jason wanted out, and I did not have it in me to continue without him.”
Jason Muxlow adds:
“I loved Earthen Grave and I am sad to leave it behind. I’m grateful for the experience, the friends I would have never made otherwise and every opportunity the band and my bandmates gave me. It was a wonderful five years!
“For the immediate future, I’m focusing on finishing an album with Wintering, my Death Metal band (www.winteringdeath.com), then diving into the next installment of The Living Fields(www.thelivingfields.com).”
During the five years of existence, EARTHEN GRAVE released the demo “Dismal Times”, two singles (“Blood Drunk” and “Death Is Another Word…”) and the full length album “Earthen Grave”.
You can follow:
– Ron Holzner with The Skull at www.facebook.com/troubletheskull
– Jason Muxlow with Wintering at www.winteringdeath.com and The Living Fields at www.thelivingfields.com
– Rachel Barton Pine at www.rachelbartonpine.com
–Tony Spillman with Spillage at www.facebook.com/spillagerocks
–Mark Weiner with Blackgaren
–Chris Wozniak with I Klatus at www.iklatus.com/ and Lair of the Minotaur at www.lairoftheminotaur.com/
–Scott Davidson with Rebel Radio
Listen to Earthen Grave’s doomtastic self-titled full-length below: