Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Graveyard-Lights Out

Nuclear Blast America

For their 3rd album, "Lights Out", Swedish metal band Graveyard opted to recorded the album in analogue.The result speaks for itself. This is an album that dares you to ask the question "Can the end times really sound this good?". Part doom metal (like a psychedelic Black Sabbath) and part retro-rock "Lights Out" is the kind of album Soundgarden was seeking when they went about releasing "Superunknown" and "Down on the Upside". Some may point towards Queens of the Stone Age as the direction Graveyard took here, but more then anything this record finds in true footing in the sounds of the 70s. Ultimately it's up to the listener to find the true direction this hard rock album takes as "Lights Out" offers a little bit of everything musically to dissect. Lyrically though it's another story all together as this one is heavy on the social commentary which seems all the more fitting as we look at not only our country, that more then ever is truly divided over politics when we need unity, but a world where the real damage is being done behind closed doors by the powerful elite. Frontman Joakim Nilsson brings forth the ghosts of yesteryear, when protest music still had the real power to change the world, and offers a gripping look into the eye of the hurricane. More then ever we need music like this if only because it forces us to take a real look around, with eyes wide open, to the true horrors that surround us daily.

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Blogger t-o-n said...

I love this band so much that I actually found myself resentful that NPR was promoting them to their hipster subscribers to the "All Songs" podcast.

Which begs the question: why do I subscribe to this podcast?


8:34 PM  
Blogger Andy said...

That is a good question, but sadly one that I cannot answer. Search within...what does your heart tell you about NPR? Putting Graveyard and NPR in the same sentence bothers me though my friend.

12:41 PM  

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