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Grief (band)

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Active until  2009
Genres  Doom metal, Sludge metal
Grief (band) FRIDAY FULLLENGTH Grief Come to Grief
Years active  1991–2001, 2005–06, 2008–09,
Associated acts  Disrupt, Bane of Existence
Members  Jeff Hayward Eric C. Harrison John Heidenrich Ray McCaffrey
Past members  Pete Donovan Terry Savastano Rick Johnson
Origin  Boston, Massachusetts, United States (1991)
Albums  ...and Man Will Become the Hunted, Dismal
Record labels  Southern Lord, Century Media Records
Similar  Dystopia, Noothgrush, Corrupted, Soilent Green, 16

Grief was a Boston-based sludge metal band.



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Grief was founded in 1991 by Disrupt guitarist Terry Savastano and Unleashed Anger drummer Pete Donovan. Randy Odierno (who later switched to bass and later again left to join Bane of Existence) and Jeff Hayward joined shortly thereafter. They broke up in 2001 mainly due to drummer problems - something that was an ongoing problem for the band from the start. They also cited what they called a "hostile environment for doom metal bands". They reunited briefly in July 2005 to play a cluster of reunion shows.

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The band had several 7"s including one with Dystopia and Corrupted each. A compilation album called Turbulent Times appeared in 2002 through Southern Lord. The group reunited for one show at the first annual New England Grind And Doom Fest on July 17, 2005 at The Middle East Cafe in Cambridge, MA. They were so excited by the response to this show that they began booking others, and they toured intermittently throughout 2005 and 2006.

Grief (band) Mad Blasts Of Chaos Grief Grief ep 1992

In 2005, the band played shows through in venues including The Ace of Clubs and The Knitting Factory in New York, The Khyber in Philadelphia, O'Brien's in Allston/Brighton, MA, The Living Room in Providence, RI, and Cherry St. Station in CT.

In 2006 Southern Lord Records released a full-length live album called Alive which featured their performance at the Middle East in November 2005. The album features artwork by Eric C. Harrison, who did much of the band's painted cover artwork.

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Grief's final appearance was at Emissions from the Monolith 8, a sludge/doom festival that took place in Ohio, May 2006.

The Hartford Advocate wrote the following about their 12/3/05 date at Cherry St. Station in CT:

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"Since 1991, these Massholes have been writing songs about a distinctly New England flavor of depression and isolation. Jeff Hayward’s throat-shredding vocals often seem more hardcore than metal; indeed, almost 15 years later, it’s possible to see Grief as one of a handful of seminal NE bands who initiated the merger between hardcore and metal. However, unlike some of those bands, Grief still sounds both relevant and entertaining."

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The band reformed in 2008 and toured the United States and Europe, but they soon disbanded again in March 2009.

Grief (band) Grief Encyclopaedia Metallum The Metal Archives

In 2012 Savastano formed the idea of reuniting Grief as Come to Grief, after the seminal 1994 album. Their name was changed in 2014 and followed by a headlining appearance in Oakland, California's Deadfest 2015.

Members of the band have gone on to play in many other bands since the dissolution of Grief including Consume, Deathraid, Disrupt, State of Fear, Unleashed Anger, Goff, Demonic Death Preachers, Effects Of Alcohol, and Chicken Chest and the Bird Boys


  • Jeff Hayward - vocals/guitar
  • John Heidenrich - guitar/vocals
  • Eric C. Harrison - bass guitar/vocals/artwork
  • Ray McCaffrey - drums/percussion
  • Compilation and live albums

  • 2002: Turbulent Times (Southern Lord Records)
  • 2006: Alive (Southern Lord Records)
  • 2008: Euro Tour (Alerta Antifascista)
  • Songs

    Come to GriefCome to Grief · 1994
    I Hate the Human RaceMiserably Ever After · 1996
    I Hate YouCome to Grief · 1994


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