There are so many bands out there that try so hard to be scary and creepy that at times it’s comical. There’s nothing funnier than death metal sung by a guy with an upside down cross burned into his forehead or a bunch of guys painted up like a bunch of KISS rejects. Swedish band Graveyard makes music that is just naturally dark and creepy. It’s like that dark alley you walk past where you stop and look into it and just get a sinking feeling in your stomach. Nothing bad happens but just the thought of what lies in the darkness is enough to brew up a bit of fear. It’s the reason why you won’t go deep into the woods after sundown.
The geographic surroundings of Graveyard’s gloomy, industrial home island of Hisingen plays a huge part in their sound. Songs like “Ain’t Fit to Live Here”, “Hisingen Blues” and “Uncomfortably Numb” just ooze of the dark, murky and gloomy vibe of their home land captured in pure analog awesomeness. While Graveyard’s influences such as Black Sabbath, Cream and Captain Beyond are obvious, they still manage to forge their own sound without sounding too much like they are duplicating these bands. “Ungrateful The Dead” at times has a haunting Traffic kind of vibe with the use of organ in the background and the instrumental “Longing” even taps into the spooky kind of spaghetti western sound reminiscent in “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.” Graveyard has managed to tap into the deepest roots of hard rock/metal bringing them to the surface with subtle blues and dynamics that flow like a canoe down a dark, murky river into who knows where.
Graveyard is a band that has managed to put out my favorite album of 2011 so far and I can honestly say that they have set the bar extremely high. I wish all my favorite bands could just get into a room, hit record and start playing while capturing those magical, imperfect moments. There’s a lot of magic in the imperfections of this album. It’s real and its music as it should be captured in its rawest most sincere form. Graveyard is a band that is destined to make an impact on the face of rock and roll in a time when impact is much needed.