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Welcome to the Grave Forsaken website. We are a Perth metal band consisting of Vaughan Gregory on vocals and guitar, Matt Skipworth on bass, Luke Gallagher on guitar, Elias Salmela on guitar and Tim Steadman on drums. 

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22nd February 2024 - Grave Forsaken Update 

Hi all,
Vaughan here, thanks for checking out the latest update. We’ve had another good week of content and interaction. I posted a new video update on YouTube Saturday and I posted a new episode of the podcast on Monday. The links are below, and please consider subscribing to both if you haven’t already, it’d be great to push past 200 YouTube subscribers in particular!

https://youtu.be/8rXVlfxu7c4?si=KCdeNcYn9dkxZxH5

https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/udyUakn1mHb

I’ve been working on a remix of “Plugged Into The System” and I’m hopeful of releasing that in some form this year. I’ve also been going through live audio from the last decade or so to see if there’s some diamonds in the rough. I am feeling extremely motivated right now, it’s an exciting time!

Thanks again everyone and stayed tuned for lots of cool stuff as we celebrate 20 years of Grave Forsaken!

God Bless and Rock On!

Vaughan and Grave Forsaken

15th February 2024 - Grave Forsaken Update 

Hi everyone,

Vaughan here, thanks for once again reading the latest update. I had a busy week catching up with every recent member of Grave Forsaken! Luke is over from Nashville, so I caught up with him on Tuesday and Sunday. I had dinner with Tim last Friday night, then I paid Elias a visit on Monday during the day. To top it all off, I went to Blind Guardian with Matt on Monday night! It has been a long time since I hung out with all those guys within such a short space of time. We discussed plans for both the present and the future. It was great to touch base with everyone and get their opinions about where the band is at.

As usual I've been busy behind the scenes making some new content. Last Saturday I posted a video update on YouTube, if you haven't already please check it out at https://youtu.be/S0PvusBkDGA 

Also, earlier this week I posted Episode 31 of the Grave Forsaken Podcast. You can check it out at https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/2P1LhlJ7aHb or on most major podcast platforms. Please subscribe to our Mailing List, YouTube Channel and Podcast as well, that way you'll never miss an update.

As well as all that, work has continued behind the scenes on a number of projects that we will announce as they are ready over the course of the year. Like I've been hinting, we've got good things planned for 2024, our 20th anniversary year!

God Bless and Rock On!

Vaughan and Grave Forsaken

8th February 2024 - Grave Forsaken Update 

Hi all,

Vaughan here, thanks for reading this update. There is currently a lot going on in the Grave Forsaken camp as we get the ball rolling on the next round of activities. In particular, there has been substantial progress towards releasing new music in 2024. Those following closely will know I’ve been hinting at this for a little while now. The wheels are definitely in motion, so stay tuned for announcements!

I have been active in posting content across multiple platforms over the last few weeks. I would encourage you all to subscribe to the Grave Forsaken Podcast and give it a listen if you haven’t been doing so already. Effort is being put into posting regular episodes! The same goes for updates on the Grave Forsaken YouTube channel, I’ve posted a couple in recent weeks, with plans for it to be a regular thing. Please subscribe to the channel so you don’t miss an update! Also follow us on Facebook, Instagram and X if you are so inclined.

Along with prepping new music, I’ve been working on doing a remix of our 2013 release “Plugged Into The System”. I’ve learned a lot in the process of preparing the next album, and I’m going back and applying that to the songs on that release. If the remix is satisfactory, we may well upload it to streaming services, and if the demand were there, perhaps even do a limited physical run. Let me know if that is something that would interest you. It’s a labour of love, so there’s no timeframe, but I am enjoying revisiting those tracks.

I was thrilled to catch up with our lead guitarist Luke this week. He now lives in Nashville, but he is here in Perth for a couple of weeks visiting family and friends. I filled him in on the status of all our projects, along with a general life check in. I’m so happy for Luke pursuing his career in Nashville, but I sure do miss hanging out with him face to face!

Thanks for taking the time to read this update, and keep a lookout for the next one soon!

God Bless and Rock On!
Vaughan and Grave Forsaken

1st February 2024 - Grave Forsaken Update 

Vaughan here, thanks for reading the update, we appreciate your support. It’s been another good week for the band, I’ve been enjoying the continued interactions on social media. I’ve been seeing increased Spotify numbers lately, so thanks to all of you who have been listening to us!

A new video update was posted on YouTube on Saturday, check it out on the Grave Forsaken YouTube Channel. I also posted a new Grave Forsaken Podcast episode on Monday, so check that out if podcasts are your thing.

We’re gearing up for some band get togethers this year. In preparation I’ve been practising a variety of songs, old and new. I can’t wait to spend more time with the guys! 

Of course, there are always things going on behind the scenes to bring you new music. I’m so excited about the next batch of songs! It’ll be worth the wait.

So listen to a Grave Forsaken song or album, check out the latest video update and podcast, and maybe even buy some music or merch from Soundmass or Anchor.

Until next time…

God Bless and Rock On!

25th January 2024 - Grave Forsaken Update 

Vaughan here, thanks for reading the latest update. I recently returned from a family holiday in Albany, a city in the southern part of Western Australia. It was a great time, we had a chance to unwind and spent a few days away from it all.

I’ve also been busy bringing regular social media updates. It’s actually quite astounding how blessed we’ve been. Our music and merch are available in a good number of locations and we’re fortunate to have a dedicated group of people of supporting us. I have high hopes for the future of the band and I’m really excited about all the possible projects we could sink our teeth into in the coming years.

Please continue to follow us on social media and like the posts, I have been finding it helps a great deal. Also consider buying a Grave Forsaken CD or shirt. It goes without saying the more of those items we can sell, the more attractive our band is to the people who sell them, which means more potential music and merch releases. Christian Band Shirts and Anchor Merchandising are our official merch suppliers, while Soundmass is our official music supplier. Supporting us also supports those great companies!

Also be sure to subscribe to our official podcast on Spotify or Apple Podcasts. I recently recorded two episodes from my holiday. I really do love podcasts, and I thoroughly enjoy bringing you ours. On a side note I’ve been listening to Area 312 podcast lately, I thoroughly recommend it!

That’s all for this update, thanks for your time and support.

God Bless and Rock On!
Vaughan and Grave Forsaken

18th January 2024 - Latest from the band 

G'day everyone,

Vaughan here, coming to you from Albany in Western Australia. I'm on a family holiday but I'm still committed to bringing you regular updates. It's very relaxing down here, good to get away from it all for a few days. 

There's been plenty going on behind the scenes and I look forward to exciting things happening in 2024. I know that's not giving much away but I don't want to say too much before everything is lined up. Suffice to say there is news coming in the not too distant future.

It's been great to have the continued interactions on social media. Thanks to everyone who has liked a post or sent us a message, we've been getting good engagement levels recently and I've had a lot of fun putting out content and seeing the reactions. It's heartening to know there are lots of you who love and support our little band!

I recorded episode 21 of the Grave Forsaken Podcast down here in Albany, that has been uploaded to all major platforms. Please subscribe to the podcast and check it out!

Until next time…

God Bless and Rock On!

11th January 2024 - Latest from the band 

G'day everyone,

Vaughan here, I hope you're all doing well. It's been a great couple of weeks for the band. A lot is going on behind the scenes and I look forward to announcing some cool things as they come up over the next few months. I've been busy on social media and that has been resulting in a lot of communication with a wide variety of people. I think we've gained some new supporters! Our Spotify streams have been steadily increasing, a great sign that more people are coming on board.

I recently posted episode 20 of the Grave Forsaken Podcast, so have a listen to that for my latest musings. It's available on all major platforms.

Also, we recently got some airplay on Radio13.FM. A huge thank you to them! That was something new and unexpected. Hopefully there will be a lot more of that sort of thing to come!

I'll keep it brief, so until next time…

God Bless and Rock On!

Podcast link

https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/LmJ59NDOgGb

4th January 2024 - Happy new year! 

G'day everyone, Vaughan here. I hope the new year is treating you well so far! We are looking forward to a much more active and productive 2024. I recently recorded a new podcast episode that gives an update on the current state of the band. It's available on all major platforms but I've I've included a link to the web page below. If you haven't already, please sign up to our mailing list and keep an eye on Facebook, Instagram and X for postings.

https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/d7JCFOm44Fb 

20th October 2020 - Updated links 

Vaughan here. I've just updated the links on the podcast page and the video updates page. I've also put the "Temple of Crucifixion" lyric video on the main page. I'm in the process of uploading a new video update on YouTube and Facebook, that will be available soon.

19th August 2020 - New album "The Footsteps of God" pre-order available now 

Our new album "The Footsteps of God" will be released through Soundmass and is available for pre-order now! We are very happy to be releasing the new album with Soundmass, continuing our long term association with the label. The artwork and layout has been done by Scott Waters from NoLifeTilMetal. It's always a pleasure working with Scott. Check out the pre-order page at Soundmass.com to order your copy. There is also a full length version of album track "Warriors of the Cross" on YouTube. Check that out by clicking the link below 

Warriors of the Cross

As well as all that, there is a new video update that's just been posted on YouTube. You can check that out here on the official site under 'Video Updates". As always thanks for checking in, we really appreciate your support!

God Bless and Rock On!

Vaughan

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Latest video and podcast featuring Luke and Vaughan 

Hi everyone, Vaughan here. Just letting you know a new video and podcast has been posted, both featuring Luke and myself. The video can be viewed on our Facebook page or YouTube, plus I have the YouTube clip embedded on the official site. I've also included the link in this post. The podcast can be downloaded from most (if not all) major podcast apps. I also have a link to the podcast on the official site and at the bottom of this post. I've been enjoying recording the video updates and podcasts, it's been a fun way to communicate with everybody. Check them out if you're interested in hearing direct from the band!

We will have news on the new album in the very near future, we can't wait to have it released. It's been a long time coming and we're looking forward to hearing what you think of it!

Here's those links

Grave Forsaken Update 30th July 2020

Grave Forsaken Podcast 30th July 2020

Until next time, God Bless and Rock On!

Vaughan and Grave Forsaken

New video update and podcast posted 

Hi all, Vaughan here. On Friday Matt and I caught up for the first time in a few months. We recorded a video update and a Podcast which have now been uploaded. The video update is on YouTube and Facebook while the Podcast is available through most podcast apps. There's also a page on this site that has all the recent video updates embedded, plus a page with links to each Podcast episode. I'm trying to set it up so it's pretty easy for you guys to access the recent content we've been uploading.

I hope you're all having a great week and you'll hear from us again soon!

God Bless and Rock On!

Vaughan

Latest video update and podcast available - check them out! 

Hi everyone, Vaughan here with the latest update. I've just posted a new video update on YouTube and Facebook, so go check that out for the latest from the band. I've also recorded a new episode of the Podcast so have a listen as well if you're interested. In this particular episode I talk about some of the early history of the band around the time of our first EP. I'm also using Twitter and Instagram to distribute Grave Forsaken updates so yo can follow on those platforms as well! Hope you're all going well and I'll catch you again with the next update.

God Bless and Rock On!

Vaughan and Grave Forsaken

New video update and podcast episode posted 

Hi all, Vaughan here. I've posted a new video update on YouTube and Facebook, so check that out if you're keen on the latest from the band. I've posted the video on the Video Updates page on this site, plus I've provided a link to the podcast episode on the Podcast page on this site. You can also find the podcast through various common podcast apps, so check it out if you haven't already. As soon as I have details on the next album release available I'll be sure to post them, so stay tuned!

God Bless and Rock On!

Vaughan

New album coming soon 

We are very pleased to let you know that our new album isn't far off. Stay tuned to this page and our facebook site for all the details as they come to hand. We are really excited to have the new album on it's way and we hope you enjoy it when it comes out.

Studio session went really well 

Hi all, Vaughan here. Just an update to let you know our session at Fattdog Studio went really well yesterday. I took all the tracks we have recorded so far and Dan imported them into his current version of Cubase. A lot of the recording has been done at my house, while Luke recorded all his guitar tracks at his house. It was great to hear all the tracks together through Dan's speakers. We did some vocal recording once the tracks were imported and we also did some initial mixing of the material. Dan is going to mix what we have and then we're going to decide what needs to be added. I was very happy with the way the album was sounding. It's an interesting mix of old and new, because it started life as a straightforward back to basics album. Now that Luke has contributed, it has elements of the last two albums as well. It will be interesting to hear where it sits with the rest of our material. Maybe a cross between "Beside The River Of Blood" and "The Fight Goes On" or something like  that! I am hoping to wrap up recording fairly quickly so we can get it released. I'll keep you all up to date with our progress.

Hitting the studio this Sunday 

Hi all, Vaughan here. I hope you're all going well. After a period of reflection over Christmas and new year I've decided to continue with the current album project. Luke Gallagher, our former drummer and guitarist, has generously recorded rhythm guitar and lead guitar for the album. I'm now planning on finalising the project with Daniel Holmes at Fattdog Studio, starting this Sunday. Over the years we have done a lot of work with Daniel, so I'm very happy to have him onboard. I need to finalise some vocals and guitar parts and then Daniel will mix the album. There are 8 tracks on the album and we hope to put the finishing touches on it relatively quickly. I'll let you know how it all goes.

Founding member Elias Salmela leaves Grave Forsaken 

Hi all, Vaughan here with an important announcement. Founding member and lead guitarist Elias Salmela has made the decision to leave Grave Forsaken after 14 years. We are very sad to see Elias go but we respect his reasons for leaving the band. This decision has been a while in the making and I’ve had many conversations with Elias about it. 

Elias has been a vital member of Grave Forsaken throughout the history of the band and we want to acknowledge his huge contribution. We wouldn’t be the band we are without him. When Grave Forsaken formed Elias was the driving force behind much of what we did. From a personal point of view, Elias has been my best friend and musical partner for many years. He has helped shape me as songwriter and a musician and I appreciate that greatly. 

We wish Elias all the best for the future and we will remain in close contact. Thanks Elias for all the years of service to the metal mission and God bless the next chapter of your life.

23rd September 2018 

Work is continuing on the album. Today I've been listening to some playbacks to get an idea where each of the songs are at. We have a few more vocal parts to record, plus guitar solos but everything else seems to be there. I'm enjoying what I'm hearing and looking forward to finishing the album.

Gig went well, work on album continues 

Hi everyone, Vaughan here. It's been a while since I checked in with an update on the site. The gig on August 4th went very well and we had a great playing together again. When we got together we weren't sure if it would be a one off gig or not. The good news is we had such a great time that we're all keen to do more in the future, so you haven't seen the last of the original lineup! It was also great playing with The Underdogs, Dying Degree and Tumultum. I'm sure we'll do more gigs with those bands in the future!

Given our reunion, the solo project I undertook last year has morphed into a Grave Forsaken effort now. The original idea behind my solo album was to get a recording that had a similar feel to early Grave Forsaken material, so I got the original band members to perform on the album. I also used a lot of the same equipment we used in the early days to get a similar sound. The template was "Harder To Hate" from "Beside The River Of Blood". That song was recorded very quickly and simply in my backroom just before the album was sent to pressing. As things panned out we ended up getting the original band back together, which was certainly helped by the fun we were having recording the solo album. It makes sense that the album will now be a Grave Forsaken project. We still need to record guitar solos and some backing vocals but it is slowly but surely coming together. Musically this album is more reflective of our early material. Those who have followed our albums will know we progressed from raw beginnings to a fairly direct thrash sound. This album deviates from that progression and sounds like a mix between "Beside The River Of Blood" and "Destined For Ascension", with some influences from "This Day Forth". It's only natural given it's the same people playing the music. The production is also a lot more raw than our recent albums. Having said all that, I'm confident our long time supporters will enjoy this album, it's just a little different to what you might expect!

Anyway I better get back to it...

God Bless and Rock On!

Vaughan

Gig coming up on August 4th 2018 

We will be playing out first gig in four years this August. I decided to use the occasion of my 40th birthday to put on a show at Swan Basement in North Fremantle. The date Saturday August 4th and doors open at 8pm. Entry is $5 and we will be joined by local bands The Underdogs, Dying Degree and Tumultum. It should be a great night, so if you're a Perth local, feel free to head down and check out the show!

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