Posted in metal | music | pictures on January 28, 2013

words and photos by Caroline Harrison

Graveyard @ MHOW, 1/27/2013
Graveyard

Graveyard played Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (1/27), the second of two NYC shows with Los Angelenos The Shrine. The Swedish rock group is touring in support of Lights Out, released last October.

Opening for a band like Graveyard must be pretty daunting and, admittedly, the Shrine isn't really my speed. However, they rose to the challenge and delivered a skillful set blending Sabbath-y stoner grooves and vintage LA punk/thrash. They were tight, people dug it, but I found myself enjoying their set more when I couldn't see the band. Maybe that was because the giant wolf banner with the spotlights on the eyes was distractingly gimmicky.

Graveyard's musical predecessors would frequently fall prey to spiraling, jammed out live performances with excessive, albeit technically adept soloing. Where the Allman Brothers would jam out "Whipping Post" for 20+ minutes (see any of the Fillmore East recordings), Graveyard's soloing is economical. Lyrical guitar licks last a few bars. Frenzied drum solos augment a song's pacing, not diverge from it. Similarly, the band's stage presence is reserved and controlled, with the exception of drummer Axel Sjöberg's animalistic fervor.

This is a band that sounds just as polished, tight, and clean as they do on record. The ease with which Joakim Nilsson can move between raw, gritty vocals and silken blues crooning is nothing short of jaw dropping. Graveyard is a band that, for the most part, knows exactly how to play to their strengths, saving two of their strongest songs ("The Siren" and "Endless Night") for the encore. The only baffling moment of their set was when they broke out an absolute stomper of a B-side, evocative of frenzied Crossroads era Clapton.

Graveyard moves on to Asheville, NC tomorrow night. The Devil's Blood, originally scheduled to support on a few dates with Royal Thunder, announced their immediate dissolution, effective January 22. Keep an eye out for a possible replacement for those dates.

More pictures from Music Hall of Williamsburg last night are below.

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Comments (32)

Great write-up, and nice photos. I saw them on Friday and was absolutely floored by how awesome these guys are. I wanted to go again last night but wasn't feeling great. I would go see them again in a heart beat tho!

What was the epic b-side alluded to?

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2013 7:01 PM

not a good live band

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2013 7:08 PM

Disagree. They were fine live. The show started a bit slow but really picked up as it progressed.
But the sound in that room is really uneven so maybe the above commentator was in a bad spot.
The crowd was a real energy suck though. I hate shows in williamsburg. I hope Starland gets back up soon. I wonder if the Bowery show was better. Wish I had made both shows. Last night was really excellent.

Posted by Marc | January 28, 2013 7:57 PM

The energy and the crowd on Friday were great, I hope they come back again

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2013 8:36 PM

Graveyard is terrible live.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2013 9:01 PM

Dude, you need to get a new schtick, and a life.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2013 9:39 PM

Troll show

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2013 10:19 PM

Saturday in DC was amazing. What is the title of that b-side track?

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2013 7:44 AM

hey marc 7:57 have you ever been to a show in mhow where the crowd didn't suck the life out of the room?

i have seen at least 25 shows in mhow and the crowd has been terrible no matter how "big" the band...

i only go there when i have no choice, ie the artist i wish to see isn't playing anywhere else locally

and it's not a "williamsburg" thing because there are other local venues that have energetic crowds

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2013 7:45 AM

^ This guy loves T5

Keep talking smack troll. We're all with you, really.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2013 7:47 AM

Yeah what was the b side??

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2013 8:39 AM

the drummer is like animal from the muppets, fucking amazing to watch him

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2013 9:09 AM

they jam out "Whipping Post" for 20+ minutes (see any of the Fillmore East recordings)


thanks..

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2013 9:53 AM

shit write-up. relax its rock and roll

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2013 10:43 AM

Hello mr 7:47. I am the guy who posted at 7:45. And I really don't like T5.

If your "troll" comment was directed towards me, I would love to know why?

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2013 11:07 AM

B-Side! It's called Granny and Davis, and it was on the Hsingen Blues 7". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvL2HVnGg-Q

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2013 11:24 AM

very cool, thanks for sharing that

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2013 11:31 AM

l o l

g r a v e y a r d ?

m o r e l i k e g a y h a r d

a m i r i t e ?

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2013 12:08 PM

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/shrine/musichallofwilliamsburg/18.jpg

^ *sigh* Look at this poor ol' sausagette. Why do you keep eating all those pizzas they deliver, sweetie? THEY'RE FUCKING FAGGOTS, BABY.


They can't love you the way a real man could.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2013 12:18 PM

AHHHHHHHHHH!!!! FUCK YOU BV!!! WHY DO YOU LET THIS DUMB FUCK TROLL GET AWAY WITH THIS SHIT?

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2013 2:08 PM

I WANT TO SEE YOU IN REAL LIFE SO I CAN RIP YOUR ASS OPEN YOU STUPID TROLL!!! THAT IS MY FANTASY!

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2013 2:21 PM

HOW CAN YOU LET THIS SAD ASSHOLE TROLL SAY ALL THIS TRUE SHIT ABOUT US BV? WE DO NOT DESERVE TO BE OUTED LIKE THIS!!! THIS IS FUCKING BULLSHIT!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2013 2:28 PM

WHY US GODDAMN IT? WHY US? SAUSAGES ARE PEOPLE TOO!! MAKE HIM STOP IT!!! FUCKING MAKE HIM STOP IT!!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2013 2:34 PM

AGHHHHHHH!!!! HUNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!! BUHHHHHHH!!! NHEHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! RAHHHHNNNNNNNN!!!
GUUUUHHHNNNN!!!! NUHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2013 2:35 PM

plz block IP of every person on this thread... except for me. thankz.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2013 2:39 PM

^ Dude, being a sausaphobe is so 2012. Not cool, Bro. Not cool.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2013 2:50 PM

Gayhard

LMAO

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2013 4:09 PM

Great band, great show. Playing them on vinyl now...

Posted by BCool | January 30, 2013 11:26 AM

'sausaphobe' ....hahaha

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2013 11:52 AM

"Last night a DEMON came into my HEEAAAAD!"

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Posted by Michal | February 24, 2013 2:47 PM

the t-shirts look cool.

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