Conducting From The Grave brutalized the Boardwalk for the Spring Meltdown Tour in 2015 with original vocalist Drew Winter.

5-1-15 at the Boardwalk in Orangevale, CA.

Conducting From The Grave
David Dye interviews Conducting from the Grave

About Conducting From The Grave

Conducting From the Grave is an American death metal band that was formed in 2003 in Sacramento, California. The band’s original lineup consisted of Greg Donnelly (vocals), Jeff Morgan (guitar), John Abernathy (guitar), Matt Tillett (bass), and Mikey Powell (drums).

The band’s name is a reference to a line in the film The Nightmare Before Christmas. Conducting From the Grave released their debut EP, “When Legends Become Dust,” in 2005. Additionally, the band followed it up with their first full-length album, “And Our War Will Dawn,” in 2007.

Conducting From the Grave’s music is characterized by its fast-paced, technical guitar riffs, complex drumming, and harsh, growling vocals. The band’s lyrics often deal with themes of war, death, and the human condition.

Conducting From the Grave experienced several lineup changes over the years, as Lou Tanuis replaced Donnelly in 2009. Moreover, Drew Winter replaced Tanuis in 2010. The band released their second full-length album, “Revenants,” in 2010, followed by their third and final album, “Honor Guide Me!” in 2013.

Despite the band’s relatively short period of activity, they gained a dedicated following in the death metal scene and received praise for their technical skills and distinct sound. Fans of the genre continue to celebrate their music.

About The Venue

The Boardwalk, founded by Mark Earl in 1987, was a staple in the Sacramento music scene until its closure in January 2022 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and Earl’s passing. Nine months later, Derek Clark and Sara Green, owners of Orangevale’s Palm Tree Brewing Company, bought the property and renovated the venue, including the installation of advanced sound and lighting systems.


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