Graveyard
Hisingen Blues


3.5
great

Review

by Blindsided USER (64 Reviews)
June 28th, 2011 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Something tells me Robert Plant has an illegitimate son somewhere in Sweden.

The first thing that will most likely come to the listeners mind when first delving into Hisingen Blues is that they’ve landed in a mythical place where John Bonham is still alive and Led Zeppelin hasn’t yet broken up. This is not the case, however. Graveyard, a four piece blues-psychadelic rock band from Sweden, bring us their second full length and while it’s very reminiscent of the 60’s/70’s era blues/psychedelic hard rock it also has its own modern twist on the classic sound. Before getting too hasty and pointing fingers, let’s discuss the fact that Graveyard is not a blues rock version of Airbourne. Lead singer Joakim Nilsson might sound like Robert Plant and the band might be trying their hardest to pay homage to all those great 60-70’s rock bands, but the honest fact is that they’ve created their own album and it rocks hard.

From the opening drum roll of “Ain’t Fit To Live Here” to the closing notes of “The Siren”, Hisingen Blues pays homage to the many great rock n’ roll acts of the blues/psychedelic rock era. Lead singer Nilsson sings like an angsty Robert Plant at times and between his vocals we see the rest of the Zeppelin influence shine through. To only compare them to famous music acts would be a crime however, as Graveyard themselves, are a talented bunch. Blues is filled with thick blues riffs, howling vocals and quality drumming. Jonatan Ramm, the bands lead guitarist, recently joined the band and with him brings an ever present talent for writing great solos. Mostly noticable in the middle section of the album, Ramm’s best solos can be found on the fifth track “Buying Truth” where he plays with an almost whiskey-induced swagger perfect for those small Gothenburg bars that Graveyard will undoubtedly tour through in support of this album. Aside from Zeppelin, Graveyard shows inspiration from Pink Floyd in periods throughout the album; notably in the sixth track, “Longing”. While they did name one of their songs indirectly after Pink Floyd (“Uncomfortably Numb”), they don’t take as much inspiration from their style as other major bands from the same period. The albums closer can also be considered the best song off the album. With a six minute playtime, it’s the album’s second longest song and one that goes through the most tempo changes. With Ramm’s guitar playing to Nilsson’s ever changing demeanor while singing, “The Siren” is a perfect closer to not only the bands second album, but their first album with metal label Nuclear Blast.

Graveyard might not be the perfect band or the most inventive one, but in an ever present time where some wished Led Zeppelin would get back together or that we somehow would come across lost material from bands of that era, we have bands like this to depend on. With a singer that sounds like Robert Plant and an abundance of thick bluesy riffs, Graveyard was able to yet again create another album of nostalgia and memories from the days of yore.



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Blindsided
June 28th 2011


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This really does rock guys.
I added the tracklist so it'll show up soon.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeXChfKnh3I

^Ain't Fit To Live Here - seriously listen to it!

pizzamachine
June 28th 2011


12572 Comments


Will check it out!

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
June 29th 2011


6339 Comments


Good call for reviewing this, pos.

I must listen to this asap.

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greg84
Staff Reviewer
June 29th 2011


7464 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I was really underwhelmed by it. It has some awesome tracks, but overall nothing special.

FelixCulpa
June 29th 2011


1240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review Blindsided.
I kinda want to change this "for those small Stockholm bars that Graveyard will undoubtedly tour through in support of this album." To "for those small Gothenburg bars that Graveyard will undoubtedly tour through in support of this album." Since that's were they are from ;) But ofc the outside world might know of Stockholm better than Gothenburg.
And surprisingly they haven't really done any club shows bur rather lot's of festivals around Sweden. They are for instance the opening act for Sonisphere in Stockholm.

DoubtGin
June 29th 2011


6752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

rules, man

Blindsided
June 29th 2011


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@Felix - *fixed you Swedish bastard.

@the rest - thanks and drink your whiskey with this.

FelixCulpa
June 29th 2011


1240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha :D

Blindsided
June 29th 2011


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yes! They merged the two pages.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
June 29th 2011


6339 Comments


Yeah, i had requested for this merge sometime ago.

http://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/showpost.php?p=18502369&postcount=3377

But i put no blame to the mods, because the med thread is literally full of med requests waiting to be fulfilled.

Better late, than never :-).

Blindsided
June 29th 2011


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah when I searched for it I was confused why it was labeled [Rock] and then [SWE] and I was like "they're fucking from Sweden!"

frogenhauser
July 26th 2011


36 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

It's always the bands you don't see coming that knock you outta the park hey? This is just one damn fine rock album from a bunch of really talented musicians. The bass lines are terrific, drumming exceptional, guitar work sensational (the interplay a real feature), and the vocals... fucking spectacular.

I really hope I get to see these guys live one day. Being in Australia that's probably not gonna happen anytime soon.

sierena
September 30th 2011


8 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Jesus Christ, I love Sweden! This is amongst the greatest hard/blues heavy psych-ish albums to be released in the 21st century. And I really love Led Zeppelin.

DoubtGin
April 18th 2012


6752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

HUGE

Graveyard
April 18th 2012


5817 Comments


cool album

ksoflas
December 27th 2012


458 Comments


Really cool album.

manosg
January 25th 2014


6692 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Really great stuff. Their bluesy moments are pretty awesome.

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RVAHC13
February 23rd 2014


633 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great Review, with more bands like this we can save rock and roll!

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