Lights Out by Graveyard on Apple Music

10 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Graveyard’s 2007 eponymous debut album introduced the band as longhaired Swedes bent on blasting proto-metal from towering amps. Then Graveyard's 2011 sophomore LP, Hisingen Blues, rocked with noticeably more bluesy riffs, sounding like early Fleetwood Mac with a distortion-pedal endorsement. The band blends both influences into its third studio album, Lights Out, while offering a slight evolution of the stoner-rock sound. Frontman Joakim Nilsson has found his voice in “An Industry of Murder,” flirting with falsettos, building a subtle tension between his softer sung verses and confidently howled choruses. “Slow Motion Countdown” makes good on its title with plodding rhythms. But rather than take the predictably sludgy route, the band laces the tune with a piano's darker notes and plenty of negative space. Nilsson’s softer sung moments here reside between The Doors’ “Crystal Ship” and Danzig’s “Soul on Fire.” The nearly danceable “The Suits, the Law & the Uniforms” grooves on an upgrade of ‘70s Southern boogie rock, save for some unpredictable free-jazz saxophone and octave vocal harmonies.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Graveyard’s 2007 eponymous debut album introduced the band as longhaired Swedes bent on blasting proto-metal from towering amps. Then Graveyard's 2011 sophomore LP, Hisingen Blues, rocked with noticeably more bluesy riffs, sounding like early Fleetwood Mac with a distortion-pedal endorsement. The band blends both influences into its third studio album, Lights Out, while offering a slight evolution of the stoner-rock sound. Frontman Joakim Nilsson has found his voice in “An Industry of Murder,” flirting with falsettos, building a subtle tension between his softer sung verses and confidently howled choruses. “Slow Motion Countdown” makes good on its title with plodding rhythms. But rather than take the predictably sludgy route, the band laces the tune with a piano's darker notes and plenty of negative space. Nilsson’s softer sung moments here reside between The Doors’ “Crystal Ship” and Danzig’s “Soul on Fire.” The nearly danceable “The Suits, the Law & the Uniforms” grooves on an upgrade of ‘70s Southern boogie rock, save for some unpredictable free-jazz saxophone and octave vocal harmonies.

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About Graveyard

A throwback rock band much in the vein of Witchcraft or Priestess, Gothenburg, Sweden's Graveyard formed in late 2006. Original members Joakim Nilsson (guitar and vocals), Truls Mörck (guitar and vocals), Rikard Edlund (bass), and Axel Sjöberg (drums) were moved by the legacy of giants such as Cream and Black Sabbath, and quickly recorded their first demo. Soon thereafter, the band scored a dual distribution deal with both Tee Pee Records and Transubstans. Their debut album, simply titled Graveyard, was released in early 2008, after which Sjöberg was replaced by guitarist Jonatan Larocca-Ramm. After touring with groups like Witchcraft, Clutch, and CKY, the band came back with a second album, the Nuclear Blast-issued Hisingen Blues, in 2011. The following year saw the release of Lights Out, with Innocence & Decadence arriving in 2015. In September 2016, the band announced their breakup. ~ Chris True

  • ORIGIN
    Gothenburg, Sweden
  • FORMED
    2006

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