From South Tyrolia comes the worm of graves and "When Daylight's Gone" ad been his first tonal offering to the disciples of the dark...
On the then (1997) still young Serenades-label the lady and gentlemen from Bruneck received some surprised looks, because what came out of the speakers back then did not sound Italian at all, but rather German, as some critic mentioned, because a few elements known from CREMATORY were evident, especially in the use of the keyboards and at times the vocals of Stefan Fiori, whose growls were not completely different from those of Felix.
But GRAVEWORM had been far more than a mere CREMATORY-copy, because driven by powerful double-bass they moved a lot heavier through their compositions and Master Fiori also managed a fierce Black Metal-screech, which brought even more variety into the sound.
Musically I would declare this Dark Metal and I think that this always very melodic mixture from Death, Black and Gothic Metal are fitting ingredients, packed into a clear, powerful production, so more than convincing for a debut!
Who'd like to hear for him/herself, try out "Awake", "When The Sky Turns Black" or the, in my opinion, excellent instrumental "Aeons Of Desolation", almost only performed by atmospheric keyboards and rhythmic drums.
A good debut, which is not exactly a paragon of originality, but it's executed so well that I still recommend it to the genre-fans!