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Graveyard: GraveyardGraveyard (2008)
Tee Pee

Reviewer Rating: 4.5


Contributed by: JesseJesse
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Sweden really knows how to get nostalgic for music. Basically heading the revival of garage rock music all on their own, the blue and yellow-flagged semi-socialists have started to invade other musical genres in an attempt to keep with their church-burning, viking relatives -- the Norwegians. But wh.
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Sweden really knows how to get nostalgic for music. Basically heading the revival of garage rock music all on their own, the blue and yellow-flagged semi-socialists have started to invade other musical genres in an attempt to keep with their church-burning, viking relatives -- the Norwegians. But while Norway took their idea of metal into ridiculous territory with corpse paint, nail-studded wristlets and kvlt-itude, Gothenburg's Graveyard got nostalgic for the `70s again and kicked out some heavy psychedelic rock.

Playing with very little distortion, relying instead on heavy rhythms, pounding drums, and intense riffage, Graveyard have adopted a loose feel to their jangly-sounding heavy metal tribute. Lead singer Joakim Nilsson's voice howls and croons like Danzig while musically the band jams like Cream or Blue Cheer.

Opener "Evil Ways" starts out with some jazz-fusion vibes, channeling Spirit before it rips into a hard, driving riff. "Lost in Confusion" lends a bouncy tempo to its 3/4 time signature. "Submarine Blues" rocks hard from the get-go, inspiring an intense flailing of limbs and some serious headbanging. The scope of how hard this record rocks is in extreme contradiction in compared to amount of distortion used. In fact, I've drawn a scientific chart to examine this further:




























The songs themselves are extremely well-thought out and crafted. Both the guitars and the bass play off of each other well, melding with the drum parts to keep something moving and busy providing stark contrast when the band plays a single, tight riff. The melodies and harmonies are distinct. The production is smooth, neither betraying the vintage feel of the band or the modern ear demand for clear production.

There really just does not seem to be a lot of flaws on this album. A bold statement, to say the least, but I feel strongly about this. I can feel their music all the way down to my rock 'n' roll soul, which is a phrase that's totally okay to use in the context of speaking about this band.

 

 
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Mookie_Blaylock (March 10, 2008)

I like the graph, man.

SilentStorms (March 10, 2008)

Oops, that was a double negative.

SilentStorms (March 10, 2008)

Ewwww, "croons like Danzig" makes me want to not only not listen to this, but make a peanut butter sandwich with a ridiculous amount of peanut butter and then throw it in the garbage. And then light it on fire. That is so wrong. Score is for Danzig's singing. Are you going to kill me?

misterspike (March 9, 2008)

I know nothing about this band, but that chart makes this one of the Greatest Reviews Ever. Nice.

jesse (March 8, 2008)

You're right about the x-axis.

kevinh (March 8, 2008)

I'm thinking that "distortion" should be on the x-axis and "hard rocking" on the y-axis, since you seem to be relating that distortion is the variable that controls the amount of rocking, not the other way around. Plus, I think the lines should both be diagonal, with "distortion" going down from left to right, and "hard rocking" going up. That's the best way to show and inversely proportional relationship.

Branden (March 8, 2008)

tee pee records is awesome. im gonna haveto get this.

sugarfull (March 7, 2008)

It boggles my mind that a band named Graveyard from Gothenburg is playing a style of rock that isn't death metal.

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