“…the structural prowess and strength of performance the band displays in these tracks makes them worth checking out, and whatever the four-piece move toward in their sound, they’ve given a notable and varied first showing to build from. The sound blends doom, riff rock and an overarching sense of traditional metal darkness, and while the material isn’t bleak to the extent of some modern doom, neither is Second Grave in the business of upbeat heavy rock. They’re in the process of casting their own blend, rather, and even extended songs like the highlights “Covet” and “Mountains of Madness,” both of which top eight minutes, have a purposeful sense of structure and don’t veer too far into indulgence as to be accessible.”
“Leading off the show was Worcester MA bred band SECOND GRAVE. I haven’t been this impressed in a long time from an opener like I was tonight. KRISTA VAN GUILDER’S (ex-WARHORSE/ OBSIDIAN HALO) dusky, enchanting voice gave me chills all set long. But more than just begin a foil talented front woman, the band grooves with great songs. Every member of the band added to the special sauce that made each song unique. I really like when bands have the entire package of style and songs, and care little for music conventions. There were so very heavy, yet catchy and highly memorable with songs suck as “Covet” and “Mountains of Madness”. This was a case where the openers nearly stole the show from the headliners, since they were that good. I’ll be listening out for them for a long time to come.”
“The songs are definitely catchy and highly melodic also thanks to Krista’s beautiful and seducing voice, but the richness in the composition, the architecture of the guitar/bass/drumming patterns and the continuous change in, let’s say, sonic perspective fill this album with originality and surprises.”
"Second Grave has made one hell of a first impression in their self-titled debut album. As an EP, this “only” has six tracks and runs a little over a half hour. But believe me, you’re getting more than your money’s worth here. The majority of the tracks are rather lengthy (but never overstay their welcome) and you’re sure to find something you’ll like. What else can I say? It good. Me like. You buy. NOW."
“From the unsettling bass line at the beginning of “The Mountains of Madness” — who doesn’t love a Lovecraft reference? — to the simultaneously soaring and surprisingly earthy vocals on the luscious rocker “Covet,” Second Grave offers hard-edged, metal-driven music that seems less interested in obeying conventions than it is in finding its own way.”
“Second Grave comes out swinging with a debut E.P. that is simply huge and ominous. The chiming instrumental intro “Through the Red Door” sets up the slow-burning “Covet.” The tune digs a dark groove for a few minutes before Van Guilder’s vocals soar out of the abyss. It’s a dynamic that works across the board.”