Peace - Vista Chino
- Vista Chino
- Release date:
- September 03, 2013
- Napalm Records (AUT)
- Brant Bjork
Well played, bold sound, but also a little boring
The Graveyard is a truly accomplished band, which has full control on the style and instruments. The sound is sufficiently dirty that it brings the listener back to both the 60s and 70s. The models are namely, not only the 70's erikoner as Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple, but certainly also 60'erbluesbands as the aforementioned Cream and, not least, Jimi Hendrix and american Blue Cheer – a band that played heavy rock before even Black Sabbath. The biggest challenge of the Peace is not, therefore, that you sit with the feeling that you've heard it all before. No, the problem is that there is simply not enough good songs for a whole album. Peace is therefore in the periods a little boring and no matter and when therefore, is not at the level of the Hisingen Blues or 2015's almost as good Innocence & Decadence.
Time flies when you're having fun
Do you know that, dear reader? You have now listened to hard rock and heavy metal in a lifetime, and suddenly it turns out that the bands, you still go around and see as fairly new, is over ten years old and has already released lots of albums. How has this reviewer it with the Swedish Graveyard, for they have basically just released their retro-rockgennembrud, Hisingen Blues, have they not? Time flies, and the answer is no. Hisingen Blues is from 2011, the Graveyard was formed back in 2006, and now publishes the gudhjælpemig their fifth album, Peace, due out on Nuclear Blast on Friday. They have even been able to be dissolved for a short period in 2016.
Not the large-scale development, but what does it do?
Peace starts with a full press with "It Ain't Over Yet", where frontman Joakim Nilsson sounds like a clone of David Coverdale and Robert Plant. This opening is one of the more intense numbers, the Graveyard yet thrown on the street, and a approved, but at the same time a little messy start. The next track, "Cold Love" starts with the characteristic Cream-guitar sound from the 60s, and at the same time put the pace down a bit. Although the band's love for the blues to be a little more clear here, they manage to maintain a certain intensity, and it is quite well done. "Cold Love" is clearly one of the best intersections. On "See The Day" you feel transported to a dusty desert, while the song with the greatest hitpotentiale must be clearly "The Fox", which has a decidedly ørehængeromkvæd and just so cool guitarmelodier. Then it goes unfortunately, however, slightly downhill. At the going "Part Manic" pinch it is a bit of Nilsson's voice to capture the beautiful atmosphere the band creates. General offers of Peace, nor on the major developments in relation to the band's earlier records, and it should probably also not expect of a band who live to look back. This poses in turn major requirements for the song quality, and in the section pinches it a bit on the album's last third.
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