Open Grave are a band from New Jersey that plays a very raw and primitive form of anti christian/satanic black metal and this is a review of their 2001 demo "The Heavens Cry Black Tears" which was re-issued on cd by Regimental Records.
Drums range from slow, mid paced to fast drumming with a good amount of blast beats being thrown into the music, while the bass playing has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars and at times they have a very powerful sound to them, as for the sound effects they are only utilized briefly to add more evil sounds to the music.
Rhythm guitars range from slow, mid paced to fast black metal riffs that are very raw and primitive sounding with a brief use of clean playing being thrown into the music that utilizes some full chords as well as some dark sounding melodies that have a darker death metal feeling to them and there are little to no guitar solos or leads present on this recording.
Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams that have a depressive feeling at times mixed in with some mournful sounding cries as well as a brief use of deep demonic growls, while the lyrics cover Satanism, Occultism, Blasphemy and Anti Christian themes, as for the production it has a very raw and primitive sound to it.
In my opinion Open Grave are a very great sounding satanic black metal band and if you are a fan of this style, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Satan And Blasphemy" and "Their Sin Was Forgiven In Cinders". RECOMMENDED BUY.