Fort Wayne-based Graves of the Endless Fall play a brand of hardcore
metal music that falls somewhere between the death metal licks of
Cannibal Corpse and the punk inklings of Skrape. Thrown into the mix
are hints of poet Dylan Thomas.
After all, the band takes its mouthful of a name from the Thomas
poem, "Vision and Prayer."
"The name just kind of stuck," says GravesÇ vocalist John Cheesebrew.
Cheesebrew, Eric Rutkowski, Adam Walker and Eddie Paroczy, all on
guitar and Adam Lewis on drums and Byron Wendling on bass, form the
line-up for the band, which is beginning to make a name for itself in
the local hard music scene.
To help solidify that name, Graves recently put out a demo tape with
six of their original songs. The demon was recorded at a studio owned
by G. Montgomery who plays in the band Fog.
Graves guitarist Walker also plays in Fog. "We trusted his judgment
in recording our music," Rutkowski said. "In other words, he's got
The 6-song demo highlights Graves' heavy, thrashy style. It also
features a reprint of the painting Saint Jerome in his Study
"We appreciate the irony of the elements of death, darkness and
religion that that style of art presents, and how they mix with our
music," Rutkowski says of the painting, which features a monk
studying a skull.
Another thing that "just kind of stuck" about the band was its
performance of the Johnny Cash tune "The Beast in Me" at a tribute
for the former country music star last fall at the Brass Rail in Fort
"We do the odd Johnny Cash cover at our live shows," Rutkowski adds.
Fans, he says, continue to request the song.
Graves got together in the fall of 2002 and played their first gig
on New Years Eve of that year. Band members all knew each other and
had played in a variety of local bands before forming Graves,
Graves, he adds, "formed from the disintegration of those other bands."
"We're all really into heavy music," says Rutkowski. "We all come
from different backgrounds and have played in different bands. We all
bring different threads to the music."
Lyrically, Cheesebrew says he prefers themes based on "everyday
life" and ideas "that intrigue me."
Although the band will play "wherever anyone wants us to," they've
become regulars of sorts on the stages at Legends Sports Bar, the
Brass Rail, Columbia Street West and Howard's in Bowling Green,
Graves got turned on to Howard's after Jimmy Fredrick, a jockey who
hosts a metal show for WBGU in Bowling Green, discovered the band.
Aside from the demo, Graves have not extensively pursued the idea of
recording music - especially when it comes to record deals.
"We have some interest in it, but it's not our primary focus,"
He adds that the band has not had any offers from record labels,
which, for the members of Graves of the Endless Fall, at least, isn't
really a measure of success anyway. "We are at a point now where
people are interested and impressed by what we do," Rutkowski
In the meantime, the goal of the band continues to be a cross
between something members "have to get up and do" as well as, at
least for Rutkowski, a vent for the frustrations and tribulations of
Graves of the Endless Fall next play on March 6 at the Brass Rail.
They also play at Razors in Fort Wayne on March 25.
To get a copy of the band's demo CD, contact Rutkowski via e-mail at
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