TO GRAVE BAND HISTORY AND BACKGROUND:
from the very western side of the great white Canadian north
(from the city of Vancouver) is a thunderous force that rages
like an avalanche down a treacherous mountainside. The source
of that surging, unstoppable force is none other than aggressive
metal thrashers, Cradle to Grave.
Rising from the ashes of two previous metal bands (Aggression
& Bottom Feeder), the genesis of Cradle to Grave
began forming in early 2002 when Denis Barthe (guitars),
Greg Cavanagh (vocals) and Eric Green (bass)
all allied. Shortly after uniting, the trio was joined by
*Matt Fowler (drums) who completed their current lineup
and ignited a critical and prolific writing process. Together
the four members have established a rock-solid relationship,
built around a common thirst and obsession for heavy metal
and a never-ending dedication to their craft.
Cradle to Grave's music is raw, aggressive, abrasive, and
slams you in the chest at full throttle. They mix in a dirty
southern metallic style that makes you want to swig whiskey
straight from the bottle, raise your devil horns, slam your
head wildly in the air and bash into anything that moves.
Lyrically the band draws from topics that often represent
the extreme opposites of the emotional spectrum, an aspect
that allows for a stringent dichotomy in their songs. Incorporating
influences from bands like Pantera and Superjoint
Ritual, Cradle to Grave has created a sound
that can best be equated to that burning sensation you feel
when you put your hands into freezing water in the middle
of winter and quickly pull them out and expose them to the
frigid air…CTG's music shocks you like that brutally cold
feeling, yet burns you at the same time. These distinct combinations
are the fuel of this band and ones that are best displayed
by Barthe's intricate guitar work, Green and Fowler's diesel-like
rhythm section, and Cavanagh's animalistic snarling. Cradle
to Grave creates a firestorm on stage and unleashes a massive
fury of blistering metal that consumes those in its path.
Get in the crowd during one of their live shows for a few
minutes and you'll know what we're talking about.
Having already toured and conquered the Canadian west, Cradle
to Grave will soon be expanding their dedicated fan base
by blasting their way eastward through Ontario and
Quebec (Canada), and into the eastern USA in early
2005. The band's self-titled 13 song album is a release that
will soon prove to be the heavy music that metal fans have
been craving for!
*February 2005 update: Matt has since been replaced by Zeus
and guitarist Scott Dennis was added to give the
band an extra six-string attack!