Release Date: Apr 19, 2011
Record label: Nuclear Blast
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
The second album by Swedish retro blues-rock band Graveyard finds them moving from the stoner rock-identified Tee Pee label to the more traditionally metallic Nuclear Blast. They haven't changed their sound one bit, though; they still sound like a lost band from 1971, somewhere between the U.K.-based Groundhogs and their fellow Swedes in November. The easiest modern comparison would be to Witchcraft, but Witchcraft's more occult lyrical focus, and influence from heavier acts like Pentagram, sets them apart from Graveyard's bare-bones boogie, which falls closer to Horisont.
It’s easy for many people to immediately compare Graveyard to fellow Swedes Witchcraft. After all, Witchcraft guitarist Magnus Pelander used to be in Graveyard; both bands are bent on making records that sound like they came straight from 1969, and both specialize in replicating that classic heavy rock sound from 40-odd years ago. Dig a little deeper, though, and you’ll find that there are some striking differences between the bands.
The inevitable slump following the atomic "Submarine Blues" of this Gothenburg, Sweden, quartet's self-titled 2007 debut nevertheless bottles a lightning shot or four of moonshine psych-blues. Analog-armored rifle shots in the crack title track, as well as 1960s rave-up "Ungrateful Are the Dead," jacket another lysergic nod in mood alternator "Uncomfortably Numb." .