When listening to the Swedish band Graveyard, it’s hard to say that they don’t fit in with some of the current metal scene. Borrowing more from the days of Cream, Black Sabbath and others, the band sounds tailored made for the hard rock scene of 1973 and is a highly appealing throwback to a blues based, groove rock sound.
Coming from the metal hotbed of Gothenberg, Sweden, the guys in Graveyard moved away from hometown heroes like In Flames and At The Gates and focused on something different than their neighbors. The band developed their bluesy sound throughout much of the last decade before making their presence first known in the States at the 2008 installment of South by Southwest.
After wowing American crowds there, the band went on to open for bands on this side of the Atlantic such as Clutch and CKY. But the band is receiving it’s highest profile here since their inception with their third album, “Lights Out”. Released back in the fall, “Lights Out” plays off the vocals of Joakim Nilsson and gives current hard rock a much needed AM-era makeover on tracks like “Suits, Lawyers and The Uniform” and “Goliath”. When listening to the album, it’s real easy to see that metal fans of today and yesteryear can easily bond with Graveyard’s music.
Graveyard is getting their 2013 North American tour underway now as they have dates through the end of February, spreading the old school hard rock vibe to over 20 cities. The band hits Detroit when they play at the Shelter on Monday, February 4th. If the current metal world hasn’t inspired you in a while, check out Graveyard and see if doesn’t harken back to a day that you remember vividly.