Saturday 2 June 2018

Graveyard - Peace (Album Review)

Release date: May 25th 2018. Label: Nuclear Blast Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Peace – Tracklisting

1. It Ain't Over Yet
2. Cold Love
3. See The Day
4. Please Don't
5. The Fox
6. Walk On
7. Del Manic
8. Bird Of Paradise
9. A Sign Of Peace
10. Low (I Wouldn't Mind)


Joakim Nilsson – Guitar & Vocals
Jonathan Ramm – Guitar
Truls M̦rck РBass
Oskar Bergenheim - Drums


Greetings All,

Sweden’s Kings of Psychedelic Blues Rock, Graveyard, have recently released their new full length entitled Peace. The bands fifth record is an impressive collection of 10 smoking tracks of high energy retro rock. These guys have a sound that mimics early Rolling Stones, Kinks and 13th Floor Elevators and mixes in that of 70’s rock bands Atomic Rooster, Bang, Captain Beyond and early Pentagram. Peace has a familiar feel, while still sounding unique and exciting. The sound is inviting and warm, but with heavy dose of psych inspired grit. Graveyard is, and has been, the real deal.

The album explodes with the driving, raucous It Ain’t Over Yet. An intense rocker with AC/DC inspired vocal delivery. Cold Love is a bluesy, rumbling lament to some long lost heartbreak,  See The Day is a slower tempo track with a deeper, meditative feel. The band channels their inner Doors vibe, and even bring in a little Hammond organ with the Roadhouse Blues style stomp of Please Don’t. The band keeps a similar vibe with slowed down, groovy vibe of Del Manic, with a warning to heed chorus. I am a sucker for a 60’s inspired pop song. The band delivers in spades on The Fox. A perfect little piece of fuzzed out perfection.

The band brings their full on swaggering rock groove with Walk On. The band brings the 60’s pop back for a bit with the unique  Bird of Paradise before bringing the full on rock n roll assault of A Sign of Peace, with it’s driving drums and killer guitar work. The record closes with the guitar heavy swagger and jam heavy feel of Low (I Wouldn’t Mind). A bombasti rocker to close out this killer set.

The album title seems to resonate throughout the record, be it pleas for world peace, neighbourly peace, or the eternal search for inner peace. Graveyard have handed us another classic. This record is a bit more reminiscent of their earlier releases. If you dig those records, you will dig on Peace. Highly Recommended!

- Todd S

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Words by Todd Stealey