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Album Review

Some of Sweden's death metal pioneers — that is, the Swedish death metal bands that were formed in the late 1980s and early '90s — have evolved along the way. Entombed, for example, have changed a lot since the beginning. Others, meanwhile, have refused to alter their sound significantly, which is why the Grave of the late 2000s sounds a lot like the Grave that gave us Into the Grave back in 1991. Dominion VIII doesn't pretend to break any new ground for the Swedish band; this 2008 release finds Grave clinging to the death metal basics, and that means the usual recipe of Occult-minded lyrics, growling vocals, fast tempos, and crushing brutality. There are no attempts to explore melodic death metal, incorporate black metal, experiment with elements of metalcore, or do any of the other things that some death metal bands have done to broaden their horizons; Grave sticks to its guns stylistically, and while Dominion VIII is fairly predictable, it is also noteworthy if one is in the mood for a dose of vicious, head-kicking exhilaration. Unfortunately, the album's production isn't as strong as it could be — that part is disappointing — but the good news is that Ola Lindgren's lead vocals are fairly intelligible. A frequent complaint one hears about both death metal and black metal is that too many vocalists render their lyrics indecipherable, but on Dominion VIII, one can generally understand the death-and-destruction lyrics that are coming out of Lindgren's mouth. Although not without its shortcomings, Dominion VIII has more pluses than minuses — and death metal purists will be glad to know that Grave hasn't lost any of its viciousness after all these years.

Customer Reviews

They have not changed.

Where is "Into the Grave"? Compared to other Death Bands, these guys will ween you into there web of darkness better than anyone!!!

Death be proud!

GRAVE is an old school death metal band that seldom lets you down. This new effort is an example of the consistant metal GRAVE is known for. Grave split up for a spell and went for a gothic feel with the side project of SUNDOWN, but the old school forces are back for some hard core effective metal.

Finally Grave is on Itunes

Finally Grave is on Itunes, hopefully now, the rest of their great cd's make it to Itunes. I have to say Grave is probably one of the best metal bands out there, They are a well seasoned group that has stayed completely true to their style and to the metal scene, from their tar like sludge to their steamroller speed, these guys know how to purge from the depths of hell!!


Formed: 1989

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Emerging from the Swedish death metal scene in the late '80s, Grave first made an impact upon their surroundings with the fittingly titled 1991 debut Into the Grave. Following with their second album, 1992's You'll Never See, the band's lineup remained, with Ola Lindgren on guitar, Jensa Paulsson on drums, and Jorgen Sandstrom on bass and vocals (or "growling" as the case may be). After release of the 1993 EP And Here I Die Satisfied, and their third album, 1994's Soulless, Lindgren took over on...
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