Seldom have the opening notes of any rock album had the effect of the deep, dark, descending tones of Graveyard
opener “Evil Ways.” Axel Sjöberg’s gravity-free cymbal/toms dance thickens the ether out of which guitarists Jonatan Ramm (lead), Joakim Nilsson (rhythm/vox), and Rikard Edlund (bass) spark a firestorm of doomy roar that the Gothenburg, Sweden, fivepiece has thrilled record heads with since spring.
“I’m been alive and I’ve been dead,”
cries Nilsson, “Must be something wrong with my head.”
The chorus scrapes the bark off the similarly galvanizing opening notes of Black Sabbath’s eponymous 1970 debut: “There’s a hole in my soul that can’t be filled.”
At Encore Records and Video
during this year’s South by Southwest, Graveyard took the sweet, corner, in-store stage and for 30 rocket-engine minutes
proved the group’s debut no fluke. “Evil Ways,” “Don’t Take Us for Fools,” “Submarine Blues,” “Thin Line,” “Satan’s Finest,” and non-LP track “Ungrateful Are We the Dead” made up one of the band’s very first U.S. soil set-lists. A chat with tall, blond, bearded, Scandinavian drummer Sjöberg confirmed the band’s excitement in the music festival and Austin. Tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 10, Red 7 horn blowers get a chance to wear their fire retardant black tees in defense of Graveyard, fellow late-1960s-loving Swedes Witchcraft, and Brooklyn bangers TK Webb & the Visions. Read More | Comment »