Sludge/doom quartet GRAVES AT SEA was formed in 2002 by friends Nick Phit and Nathan Misterek, with then-members Roger Williams & Steve Klatz (RIP). After self-releasing the demo Documents of Grief, they toured extensively and were quickly noticed by Greg Anderson of Southern Lord/Sunn O))), who released their 7″ <em>Cirrhosis b/w Atavist Arise</em> in 2004. Later in 2005 the band released a split with friends Asunder on Life is Abuse (CD) and 20 Buck Spin (vinyl). In 2007, GRAVES AT SEA went through a line up change when Nathan moved to Oakland and Nick moved to Portland, Oregon. In 2008, after playing two final shows with Chiyo Nukaga (Noothgrush) on drums and Miguel Veliz (ex-Sourvein, The Roller) on bass, the band broke up. Four years later, however, they decided to reunite with Chiyo on drums and Greg Wilkinson (Brainoil) on bass, but due to touring constraints, Chiyo and Greg again decided to step down.

2013 marked the band’s first venture to Europe, with a lengthy tour, in addition to a string of West Coast performances. 2014 brought forth their first new material since 2005 – GRAVES AT SEA released a split LP with Sourvein on Seventh Rule records at the start of their second European tour (this time with Sourvein), a trek that also included appearances at Roadburn Festival and SWR Festival. The split with Sourvein was quickly followed by an EP on Eolian Records titled This Place Is Poison and numerous live US appearances, including performances at Maryland Deathfest and California’s Day of the Shred Festival.
GRAVES AT SEA made their Relapse debut by releasing the long-awaited full-length The Curse That Is, a tour-de-force of incredible magnitude almost 15 years in the making. Engineered by Greg Wilkinson (Noothgrush, Brain Oil) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, YOB), The Curse That Is effortlessly fuses colossal walls of feedback-laden sound with gargantuan riffs that crush and crawl with the weight of mountains alongside thunderous rhythms meant to tear a hole in this dying earth. This sound, along with self-loathing lyrics of torment and demise, engulf the listener wave upon wave of aural misery. With The Curse That IsGRAVES AT SEA have offered up their strongest, most ear-shattering material to date.


Nathan Misterek – Vocals
Nick Phit – Guitar
Jeff McGarrity – Bass
Bryan Sours – Drums

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  • GRAVES AT SEA Stream ‘The Curse That Is’ in Full via Noisey GRAVES AT SEA Stream 'The Curse That Is' in Full via Noisey After a wait that has spanned their entire career, Portland doom/stoner quartet GRAVES AT SEA have finally shared their highly-anticipated debut full-length in full via Noisey ahead of its release date this coming Friday. The Curse That Is can be heard in full now at this location. GRAVES AT SEA are also set to embark on a two week-long ...
  • GRAVES AT SEA Share New Track “Tempest” Via Cvlt Nation GRAVES AT SEA Share New Track "Tempest" Via Cvlt Nation Cvlt Nation has just shared a third new song from The Curse That Is, the highly-anticipated full-length debut from Portland cult stoner/doom quartet GRAVES AT SEA! Cvlt Nation praised the album extensively, stating that “The Curse That Is is the Best Doom Album of 2016. It’s been a long time coming, but these guys have it ...
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  • GRAVES AT SEA: Complete New Album; Announce West Coast Tour Dates GRAVES AT SEA: Complete New Album; Announce West Coast Tour Dates Doom/sludge quartet GRAVES AT SEA has completed recording its first-full length ever! The new material, which was tracked at Audible Alchemy in Portland, OR and mixed at Earhammer Studios in Oakland, CA, will see an early 2016 release via Relapse. The album was engineered by Greg Wilkinson (Atriach, Lycus, etc) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Obituary, Sleep, ...