Abysmal Grief is a Gothic Doom Metal band established in Genoa in 1996. The band was founded by the multi-instrumentalist Regen Graves, following the typical canons of the so-called Italian Dark Sound, and by combining to the music topics related mainly to Esotericism and Death, with literary and philosophical references to authors such as Eliphas Levi, Allan Kardec and Aleister Crowley.
Stylistically the musical genre of Abysmal Grief takes up the typical canons of Doom Metal, with the addition of keyboards and synthesizers in the tradition of Italian horror soundtracks, combined with a mixed use of clean and screaming vocals. From 1998 the band released several albums and singles, always maintaining a constant line-up with Labes C.Necrothytus on vocals and keyboards, Regen Graves on guitars and drums, and Lord Alastair on bass, including occasional live drummers until the definitive recruitment of Lord of Fog in 2013.
Abysmal Grief’s shows are known to be characterized by a massive scenography composed of statues crying blood, fog machines, candles, live worms thrown on the audience, and religious funeral objects (in the past actually stolen from cemeteries).