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Soft Kill – “Borders Comfort”

Soft Kill is the project of Toby Grave and his wife Shiloe Alia (aka “two people playing like five”). It’s Grave’s first project after dissolving Blessure Grave — owners of one of the 20 most overlooked albums of 2010 — but he isn’t labeling it the new Blessure Grave band. It’s a separate entity entirely,… More »

By: brandon / January 17, 2011 - 1:14 pm

The 20 Most Overlooked LPs Of 2010

There were more albums released in 2010 than could fit on all the lists released in 2010. (And there were many lists.) With that in mind, and certain ’10 records still ringing in our ears, we put our heads together and thought about some of last year’s favorites that, for some reason or other, didn’t… More »

By: Stereogum / January 13, 2011 - 1:11 pm

Blessure Grave – “An Open Door” Video

We last heard from Blessure Grave regarding their “Stranger In The House” video in June, but it feels more fitting to discuss the San Diego death-rockers now that the autumn weather’s shifting toward winter. As luck would have it, band leader Toby Grave passed along this video for a new track, “An Open Door,” which… More »

By: brandon / October 21, 2010 - 4:26 pm

Blessure Grave – “Stranger In The House” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

San Diego death-rockers Blessure Grave have impressed me for awhile with their dead-on sing-along hooks. I’m a sucker for goth dramatics, but more important than the scowl or Death In June, Sex Gang Children, Warsaw, and Christian Death references, Toby Grave writes great songs that go places not every guy with an army of black… More »

By: brandon / June 11, 2010 - 9:33 am

Blessure Grave – “Wasted Time” (Stereogum Premiere)

Hardworking San Diego death-rock outsiders Blessure Grave released the excellent Judged By 12, Carried By 6 in February, but are already at work on a new record. We have a sample of it today via an unmastered rough mix of the Death In June-esque “Wasted Time.” As Toby Grave put it, it’s “kind of a… More »

By: brandon / May 20, 2010 - 10:32 am

Meat Is Murder Turns 25

When I was in high school I had a Meat Is Murder t-shirt. The one with the lyrics to the album’s title track on the front: “It’s not natural, normal or kind / The flesh you so fancifully fry / The meat in your mouth / As you savor the flavor / Of murder,” etc. More »

By: brandon / February 9, 2010 - 8:38 am

Quit Your Day Job: Blessure Grave

Reyna Kay is one half of Blessure Grave, the gothy Hellhammer-referencing South California death rock band and one-time Outsiders you should expect big things from in 2010. (Well, amongst those of us who listen to Swans, Cocteau Twins, KUKL, and old Siouxsie & the Banshees and feel our hearts skip a beat.) When I approached… More »

By: brandon / January 6, 2010 - 1:21 pm

New Hollow Tongues – “Things Haunt You” & “Unknown Jewel”

I really enjoy onetime Outsiders Blessure Grave: As mentioned when posting the gothy San Diego duo’s “Open Or Shut” video and “Stranger In The House,” Reyna and Toby Grave conjure death rock darkness with immediate (albeit understated) hooks, pretty vocal melodies, and excellent lyrics. Toby has another project with Edmund Xavier from Teenage Panzerkorps called… More »

By: brandon / December 1, 2009 - 1:14 pm

New Blessure Grave – “Stranger In The House”

Gothy San Diego Outsiders Blessure Grave recently graced us with the appropriately dark, dramatic Adam Grabarnick-directed video for “Open Or Shut.” We don’t have moving images this time, but in “Stranger In The House” Reyna and Toby conjure more than enough darkness without turning on a video camera. The song’s a demo from the band’… More »

By: brandon / November 9, 2009 - 11:57 am

New Blessure Grave Video – “Open Or Shut”

As reported via the Outsiders a few months ago, goth-inflected San Diego duo Blessure Grave did a split 12″ with Crocodiles and Cold Cave (amid a zillion other releases). If you wanted a tighter aesthetic triangle, though, you’d do well to put them opposite Cold Cave again, then toss Former Ghosts into the mix. Or,… More »

By: brandon / October 21, 2009 - 4:50 pm

The Outsiders: Vol. 26

Not all of Stereogum’s favorite sounds conform to what folks expect us to cover. In this space, resident Bananafish fetishist Brandon Stosuy focuses on bands, albums, singles, and villages in Sweden that may otherwise pass by unnoticed. This installment’s virtual milk crate contains Blessure Grave and Cro Magnon.

This time I wanted to focu… More »

By: brandon / March 2, 2009 - 10:04 am