on 10 September 2011
Originally released four years before the album Hisingen Blues, Graveyard's eponymous debut earns a re-release on the back of the success of one of the albums of 2011. If you're coming to this first album second, the big question would be "is it as good as it's follow up?" and there's a very strong argument to suggest that it might be better.
Recorded with the original line up ( guitarist Truls Mörck sadly passed after the completion of recording) the nine songs transport you to a very special place. Like their compatriots Witchcraft, Graveyard have an obvious love for the hard rock of the late 60's and early 70's (as should we all...) but at no point do you feel like you're listening to a tribute act. The musicianship on display is astounding, given to mixing jazz time signatures in amongst the heavily blues influenced riffery and reflection.
It's hard to pick favourites but "Blue Soul" brings to mind Blind Faith at their best and illustrates clearest perhaps what a great talent was lost between this and their chart breaking second; "Don't take us for fools" and others, will bring Soundgarden, Sabbath and Zeppelin to mind and a smile to your face...but this is where they started and it's a strong enough foundation stone to build a tower to the heavens on top of it.
on 31 March 2013
If your a Graveyard fan you will have this, if you dont buy it, and if your new to the band by it, or if you like good rock music buy it, in fact just buy it and play it loud !!!