GRAVEWORM – Killing Innocence

  • 7.4/10
    GRAVEWORM - Killing Innocence - 7.4/10


Label: AFM Records
Release Date: June 23rd, 2023

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Killing Innocence

Graveworm, the Melodic Black Metal band from Italy, returns with their latest offering, Killing Innocence. Known for their dark and atmospheric soundscapes, Graveworm continues to deliver their signature brand of haunting melodies and aggressive guitar riffs in this highly anticipated album.

Killing Innocence opens with a foreboding intro that immediately sets the mood for the album. The band wastes no time plunging the listener into their world of darkness and despair. The production quality is impeccable, allowing each instrument to shine through with clarity and precision. The guitar work is particularly noteworthy, with a combination of chugging riffs and intricate melodic leads that weave together seamlessly.

One of the standout aspects of Graveworm’s music has always been their ability to create a haunting atmosphere, and Killing Innocence is no exception. The use of atmospheric keyboards adds an eerie layer to the album, creating an otherworldly ambiance that lingers throughout the songs. The combination of symphonic elements with their black metal foundation adds depth and richness to the overall sound.

Vocally, Stefan Fiori’s performance is as powerful as ever. His versatile growls and sinister clean vocals complement the dark themes present in the lyrics. The lyrics themselves delve into themes of despair, introspection, and the loss of innocence, which are executed with poetic skill and emotional depth. Each track tells a different story, painting vivid imagery and evoking a range of emotions.

The album’s pacing is well thought out, with moments of intense aggression balanced by more melodic and atmospheric passages. Tracks like “Escorting The Soul” and “Dead Words” showcase the band’s ability to seamlessly transition between fast-paced, blistering Black Metal sections and slower, more melodic passages. The songwriting demonstrates a level of maturity and cohesion that is a testament to the band’s experience and musical prowess.

While Killing Innocence stays true to Graveworm’s established sound, the band also incorporates some new elements, pushing their boundaries and exploring different musical territories. The experimentation with different song structures and dynamics is refreshing and keeps the album engaging from start to finish.


In conclusion, Killing Innocence is a stellar addition to Graveworm’s discography. The album encapsulates everything that fans have come to love about the band, while also offering some new surprises along the way. The haunting atmosphere, powerful vocals, and intricate guitar work make for an immersive listening experience. Graveworm continues to prove their relevance in the melodic black metal scene with this release, showcasing their growth and mastery of their craft. Whether you’re a long-time fan or new to the genre, Killing Innocence is an album that demands your attention.

Band Members

Stefan Fiori – Vocals
Stefan Unterpertinger – Guitars and Keyboards
Eric Righi – Guitars
Florian Reiner – Bass
Moe Harringer – Drums


  1. Escorting the Soul
  2. We Are The Resistance
  3. Wicked Mind
  4. If The World Shut Down
  5. Dead Words
  6. Where Agony Prevails
  7. A Nameless Grave
  8. End of Time
  9. Wrath of Gods
  10. In Honor of The Fallen


  • Jon Harvey

    Jon is a reviewer at Metal Express Radio and is currently living in Wisconsin, USA. The first thing that made Jon fall in love with Metal goes all the way back to the glory days of MTV actually playing music. Alice in Chains, "Man in the Box" came on and the channel was automatically banned by family. It sparked a curiosity for the music instead of turning him away from it. Things only progressed from there. Suicidal Tendencies, Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth, all the heavier stuff from the late '80s and early '90s were always in rotation. Aside from loving all things Metal, Jon also runs a skateshop in his hometown and is trying to get the scene stronger than ever.

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