I love old school rock and roll. The music of the 60’s and 70’s have a magical quality to it. Those rebellious songs and raw sounds will always strike a nerve in my soul. A desire to scream and dance, to be free to run wild like an animal. To feel young and free of responsibilities while sharing in the love and power of the human spirit. When I first heard Graveyard, this is how I felt again, but in that dark, metal way.
The way I like to describe Graveyard to my friends is if Black Sabbath had a one night stand with Led Zeppelin and this was their bastard child/band. The music can carry power chords of monster magnitude and soft ballads that pull your heartstrings and make your body move. This Swedish blues and rock band formed in 2006 after various jaunts with other bands and has been slowly growing a fan base in the U.S. ever since.
Their first self titled album was released in 2007 by Transubstans Records
and then re-released by TeePee Records
in 2009. This is their most simple and stable of the three albums they have to date. Their lyrics have a dark quality to them as the song carry a psychedelic quality formed in a very classic rock kind of way.
The second album, Hisingen Blues, came out in 2011 under their new, larger label Nuclear Blast Records
. Their sophomore attempt is the first album of Graveyard’s that I had heard and my personal favorite by far. The production, compositions, lyrics and overall flavor of the album is leaps and bounds beyond their first album. The fourth track, Uncomfortably Numb, could be one of the greatest breakup songs I have ever heard. The Siren closes the album with a powerful dark groove about the devil inside yourself.
Graveyard’s third and newest release, Lights Out (2012, NBR) is their fastest paced and most exciting album to date. Although not as classic as its predecessor, this album brings the rock a little more Sabbath and a little less Zeppelin. An Industry of Murder and Endless Night are two particular standouts.
So I strongly recommend giving this band a chance. I mean, who doesn’t love classic rock? And with a band like Graveyard hitting that sound perfectly, we should have new classics coming out for a long time to come.