Ocean + Desolate Grace

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By DAN CLARK  |  November 24, 2009

Long believed to be the unluckiest day on the calendar, Friday the 13th is associated with everything from stubbed toes and lost keys to hockey-masked lunatics and dead campers. What better way to chase of the bad vibes than with some gloomy, doomy metal?

Desolate Grace are a tight, instrumental three-piece from Portland. Their sound is pure sludge rock, a low, gritty brand of metal steeped in classic rock, with sudden changes in rhythm and tempo that keep the songs fresh and exciting.

A favorite on the international metal scene, Portland's own Ocean upset more conventional acts to see 2008's Pantheon of the Lesser win the Portland Music Award for album of the year. Ocean's music fits their moniker, creating vast soundwaves that shift with the eternal motion of the tides. Thick distortion, squalls of feedback, lumbering tempos, and howled, echoing vocals evoke images of a massive undersea volcanic eruption. With little more than guitars and over-cranked tube amps, Ocean rumbles like tectonic plates shifting and flows like lava.

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