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Where the Shadows Adorn

by Mother of Graves

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    Jewel Case CDs with full-color 4 panel insert featuring stunning artwork by Paolo Girardi. High-quality vinyl stickers included. Orders outside the USA will start shipping in mid-December.

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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Had a few band copies of Where the Shadows Adorn left over in the merch box from our release show. ONLY 10 COPIES AVAILABLE. It is sold out otherwise... Black 180g vinyl. FREE MOG PATCH INCLUDED WHILE THEY LAST...These ship from the band, not Wise Blood. US SHIPPING ONLY (sorry it is just too expensive right now).

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    This limited edition tape features silver ink on a stormy grey cassette shell. Full-color 5-panel J-card featuring stunning artwork by Paolo Girardi and lyrics. Limited to 100 copies.

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  • CD Bundle: "Where Shadows Adorn" and "In Somber Dreams"
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    Jewel Case CD bundle includes a copy of "Where Shadows Adorn" and "In Somber Dreams." Includes high-quality vinyl stickers.

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  • Limited CD & Patch Combo
    Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    We are offering a limited number of CD/Patch combos for the Where the Shadows Adorn CD. Orders will include the CD and a screen printed Mother of Graves logo patch (specify black or white patch when you order or let us surprise you!) at a discounted price. Where the Shadows Adorn was recently named one of the top 40 albums of 2022 by Decibel Magazine. This CD/Patch combo is shipped by the band, not Wise Blood Records. (Shipping on these is to the US only, sorry!)

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    Limited edition 12" record on Heavy 180g black vinyl. Stunning gatefold artwork by Paolo Girardi. Full-color two-sided insert and labels. High-quality vinyl stickers included. Limited to 200 copies.

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  • Vinyl (2nd Edition - Chaos Color)
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    THIS EDITION SHIPS OUT IN MID/LATE DECEMBER. Limited edition 12" record on Heavy 180g vinyl. "Chaos Color" vinyl using eco-friendly recycled ink, which means each vinyl's color is random and totally one of a kind. Stunning gatefold artwork by Paolo Girardi. Full-color two-sided lyric insert and labels.

    ORDERS OUTSIDE THE USA: We are saving copies specifically for our supporters outside this country. Please wait until our new storefront is active, and you will be able to buy a copy with MUCH cheaper shipping. Follow us on Bandcamp and we will send out a message when the shipping rates have been updated. Thanks!

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  • Limited Cassette (Band merch box find) plus free patch
    Cassette + Digital Album

    We have 10 copies of Where the Shadows Adorn on cassette left over from our album release show up for grabs. Never to be pressed on cassette again! INCLUDES A FREE MOG PATCH WHILE THEY LAST... Ships from the band, not Wise Blood. US SHIPPING ONLY.

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“Rot with me Beneath the darkness and mire In hallowed stone forever etched Vanished from the eye of the sun Crowned in glory and death Follow me - poisoned angel I wait for you in the searing black I’ll bury your fears far within the earth I’ll drink your tears like wine Flow through me your river of pain This bitter elixir nourishes my veins Pale grew thy frost along my flesh I perish atop your sorrow’s spectral crest Scarlet lips and hands snow-white Beheld upon the chasm of my chest I entreat you - fall into my caress With what of my formless soul is left”
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Wise Blood Records is proud to present "Where the Shadows Adorn," the new album from Melodic Death/Doom guardians Mother of Graves. The album is a masterpiece of crushing darkness and exquisite gloom, mastered by death metal legend Dan Swanö (Edge of Sanity, Bloodbath).

Their debut EP In Somber Dreams received acclaim from Decibel Magazine, with Chris Dick calling it “the stuff of melodic (the dark and evil kind) legend.” Jon Rosenthal of Invisible Oranges commented, “Katatonia's lineage is felt here, but Mother of Graves doesn't practice the art of abject mirroring. [They are] distinctly heavier, with an ear for keyboard-laden atmospherics.” The EP’s title track was also featured on the Metal Blade Records compilation Metal Massacre XV, along with Midnight, Ripped to Shreds, and Temple of Void.

Named after a mythological Latvian protector of cemeteries (Kapu māte), Mother of Graves' music honors the memory of a fallen bandmate. "Where the Shadows Adorn" explores mortality and loss in every growl and crestfallen note. Founding guitarists Chris Morrison and Ben Sandman—who also recorded and mixed the record—fill the album with mournful melodies. As Morrison summarizes, “We wanted to write songs that were more melodic, heavier, darker, and memorable.”

The result is an album that perfectly matches the stunning cover painting by Paolo Girardi. Brandon Howe’s acclaimed growls resonate with riveting dark poetry. The album is catharsis through creation. The foundation of old school death/doom is embellished with black blossoms of goth rock and evocative keyboards. Lyrically, the songs were borne from tragedy and pandemic isolation.

“Even after the world began to open back up, I still preferred and chased solitude,” Howe shares. “I didn’t mind the quiet, or the alone time, but it also made it easy to get trapped in your thoughts more often than usual. To really reflect on and face the deepest pits of the self. There became a certain comfort and familiarity in the darkness of things. I suppose you could say “Where the Shadows Adorn” was a place where I found my solace.”

Mother of Graves release "Where the Shadows Adorn" on October 14th with Wise Blood Records. The album will be available on Vinyl, CD, Cassette Tape, and Digital.
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"If this isn't the underground feel-bad hit of the autumn then I don't know what is." - Wonderbox Metal

"Where the Shadows Adorn is an instant classic...this will have you drenched to the bone in solemn atmosphere, mournful melodies, introspective interludes, and massive riffs." - Deaf Forever

"I was waiting for the rain and for the sun to be blotted out of the sky as soon as I started this." - Necrotic Nick, Thralls of Metal

"Where The Shadows Adorn strikes an immaculate balance between subdued and straightforwardness. As a hybrid metal act, Mother of Graves' relationship with both visceral death metal passages and ethereal doom has been prioritized, and they've discovered a dichotomy that employs both sides of their sound as their peak." - Brandon Nurick, Invisible Oranges

"There’s a directness (not aggression) at play with Mother of Graves that complements the group’s marche funèbre. Perhaps it’s the occasional Edge of Sanity barrage (as inspired by stateside legends of yore) or maybe it’s the streetwise grit that underpins everything on offer that sets the group apart. Either way, it rules." Chris Dick, Decibel Magazine

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released October 14, 2022

MOTHER OF GRAVES:
Brandon Howe - Vocals, Keyboards
Chris Morrison - Guitar
Ben Sandman - Guitar
Corey Clark - Bass
Don Curtis - Drums

WHERE THE SHADOWS ADORN:
Recorded and mixed by Ben Sandman at GLB Studios
Mastered by Dan Swanö at Unisound AB
Drum tracks by Wesley Heaton at 1857 Studios, assisted by Marcus Bowden
Artwork by Paolo Girardi
Layout by David Jaggar

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Mother of Graves Indianapolis, Indiana

“Where the Shadows Adorn” out 10/14/2022 on Wise Blood Records.

DEBUT EP:
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These Melodic Death/Doom necromancers conjure old school gloom from their haunting grounds in Indianapolis, IN. Fans of early Katatonia, Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, Cloak and Khemmis will make life-long blood-pacts with Mother of Graves’ bleak atmosphere and pitch-black Gothicism.
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