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Graveyard - Peace

Label: Nuclear Blast
Format: Download
Released: 2018
Reviewed By: Jack Mangan
Rating: 8/10


Don’t let the band name or the “Peace” album name confuse you; this is the liveliest Graveyard you’ve ever encountered. With Rock n’ Roll sounds drawing from the Heavy late 60s, 70s, and 80s, artists like The Guess Who, Whitesnake, Allman Brothers, Black Sabbath (of course), The Sword (similar retro well), Kiss, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, The Kinks, Bad Company, Cream, Steppenwolf, and maybe a bit of Local H as a 1990s outlier, Graveyard are out to rock your Hi-Fi. If you like any or all of those bands, then this is one you should probably dig on.

 

The guitar distortion is shaggy, the drums are fairly low in the mix, but played loudly with lots of cymbal-banging, and Joakim Nilsson’s Burton Cummings(The Guess Who)-meets-Dave King(Fastway)-meets-Dick Valentine(Electric Six) clean vocals are shouted with gusto and soul. This guy’s voice is a thing of beauty and undeniable charm.
The intensity varies a bit from song to song, which is a great way for the record to continue pulling your attention back. Honestly, while the first batch of songs are all pretty good to fine to damn good, it wasn’t until the mid-album track, “Walk On,” that I felt like I was onto something special. The soulful strumming and lead guitar licks of “Bird of Paradise,” two tracks later confirm that notion.
This isn’t cheap nostalgia, this is the past come alive today. . . like. . . corpses digging up through the graveyard sod. They hail from Gothenburg, Sweden, but show none of the Death Metal touches so often associated with their hometown. They instead truck in Blues-based Hard Rock so beloved of British artists of yesteryear. And they do it well.
Get into this Graveyard.

 
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