Graveyard first played in South Florida a few months ago, opening for Clutch and the Sword at Culture Room. A quick scan of the crowd showed I wasn't the only one floored by these Swedes' straight-up vintage-sounding, heavy psych onslaught. Well, maybe that crushing feeling was partly a result of the crazy Orange stacks the band was borrowing from the Sword, but still.
While this foursome hails from Gothenburg, their sound has zilch to do with the so-called "Gothenburg sound" of bands like In Flames, or with their country's extreme metal scene. Sure, Graveyard is heavy, but they dial back a few decades to heavy music's earliest days, when it was still largely bluesy rock and roll.
Throw one of their songs on a mix among tracks by classic acts like Iron Butterfly, Deep Purple, and maybe even early Sabbath, and a casual listener would mistake it for some lost nugget of the period. That's a high compliment, really. Much heavy music these days lacks a certain soul, and Graveyard has brought that back through an obviously heartfelt, really Scandinavian dedication to its craft.
After the jump, get the band's Culture Room show details, and a track from the band's new album.
The self-titled disc is out now on the Queens-based label Tee Pee Records, home to all
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kinds of awesome psychedelic, sludgy mush from bands like Brian
Jonestown Massacre, High on Fire, and Sleep.
Graveyard, with Fall From Grace, ASG, and CKY. Tuesday, July 28. Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Ft. Lauderdale. Show starts at 7:30 p.m., tickets cost $14.99. 954-564-1074; cultureroom.net