Entries tagged with: Graveyard
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Graveyard @ MHOW, 1/27/2013
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.
Graveyard at Bowery Ballroom in January, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Swedish riffers Graveyard put out their new record, Lights Out, in Europe last week (10/26) and they'll release it in North America on November 6 via Nuclear Blast. You can check out the video for the album's single, "Endless NIght," and stream another album track, "Goliath," below.
Graveyard will be heading over to North America in 2013 to support the record and while they're here they'll play NYC on January 25 at Bowery Ballroom and January 27 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for both shows just went on AmEx presale today (10/31), with a general on-sale starting Friday (11/2) at noon. No other dates have been announced as of this post, but if the band are coming over from Sweden, it's likely that we can expect a full tour.
This tour will also likely not feature bassist Rikard Edlund, who just announced on Monday (10/29) that he's taking a break from touring. The band write:
It's not only rock 'n' roll.Best of luck to Rikard in a successful recovery.
Sometimes in life you have to make decisions that are neither simple or easy to make. Graveyard have - after a time filled with difficulties and a search for solutions - been forced to make such a decision. Due to personal problems with addiction, it has come to the point where Rikard, to get the proper help, will have to take a break from touring with the band. Rikard is without a doubt still a member of Graveyard, but as things are at the moment it just doesn't work and something has to be done. The other members give Rikard their full support and the time off needed to try to beat this.
How this will affect the band - it is agreed upon by all four members that the show will go on and to do so the band will tour with a stand-in bassplayer.
This has been a far from easy decision to make and the timing isn't the best. But Graveyard as a band has it's mind set on being around for a long time to come. And looking at it from that perspective and Rikards personal health this is the only option. This is all the band have got to say about this somewhat personal matter and we'll give the final words to Rikard himself:
"After living the hard life for most of my life. It has come to the point that I have to take a break from playing the music that I love."
Video, song streams, and a list of all currently known dates below.
We try to keep tabs on various festivals around the world here on BrooklynVegan, many of which you'll eventually see pictures from. Today we focus on Belgium.
Pukkelpop goes down from August 16 - 18. That festival includes The Stone Roses, Bjork, Bloc Party, The Black Keys, Refused, Wilco, The Hives, The Shins, The Afghan Whigs, Lykke Li, Hot Chip, Feist, Flying Lotus, tUnE-yArDs, Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, The Tallest Man on Earth, Baroness, Ceremony, A-Trak, Rustie, Hudson Mohawke, and more. The full lineup is listed below. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.
Rock Werchter, which falls a bit more on the mainstream side, happens in Belgium even sooner, running from June 28 - July 1. That lineup includes The Cure, Jack White, X, Mastodon, Garbage, The xx, M83, Metric, Amon Tobin, Skrillex, Perfume Genius, Bat For Lashes, Michael Kiwanuka, Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, Regina Spektor, Florence + the Machine, The Vaccines and more. Tickets for the festival are
on sale now sold out.
The full lineups for both Pukkelpop and Rock Wercher are listed below.
photos by Greg Cristman
Graveyard @ Bowery Ballroom
They went on around about 11 pm, and the crowd was noisy for them, singing along, shouting "louder!" and "Graveyard!" among other things. The smell of sweet green smoke was in the air, and cups of beer were in everyone's hands... Anyway, Graveyard killed, but unlike that sticker on the album, I found them to be more a mixture of Blue Cheer-MC5-Deep Purple-Jimi Hendrix-with Bill Ward on drums. I dug the set, and am glad I picked up the album. Actually going to listen to it now.Graveyard kicked off a string of US dates with Radio Moscow on Thursday (1/12) at Bowery Ballroom. The show, which also featured support from Daniel Davies, was one of several rescheduled dates that were cancelled due to visa issues in the tail end of 2011. The Swedes are touring in support of their latest LP Hisingsen Blues, which made Decibel's Top 40 of 2011.
-[SabbathJeff on The Obelisk Forum]
Pictures/setlists from Bowery Ballroom are below.
Tombs at BV-Rocks Off Official CMJ Showcase 2011 (more by Jonathan McPhail)
Decibel released their list of the best LPs of 2011. The list features a few repeat offenders and not too many surprises. One record listed technically came out in 2010 (and made my list of favorites that year). You can check out the full thing below. What record do you think they left off?
by Andrew Sacher
Swedish retro rockers Graveyard released their sophomore LP Hisingen Blues this past April via Nuclear Blast. They're definitely channelling tons of Zeppelin on the album, but also paying homage to other '70s heroes with song titles like "Uncomfortably Numb" and "Ungrateful Are The Dead." You can check out the video for the album's title track below.
Graveyard were originally scheduled to play Fun Fun Fun Fest, which went down in Austin this past weekend, but had to drop off the fest after canceling their US dates due to visa issues. Now they're planning another US run in early 2012 which kicks off at NYC's Bowery Ballroom on January 12. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (11/11) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (10/9) at noon. Hopefully they'll be able to make it over to the US this time.
All dates on the tour are with fellow throwback riffers Radio Moscow. Radio Moscow dropped their third LP, The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz last month via Alive Naturalsound. Two of the album's tracks are available to stream below.
All dates, video, and song streams below...
Slayer at Izod Center (photos by Samantha Marble)
Slayer, Thee Oh Sees, Public Enemy, Girls, Danzig Legacy, (Danzig + Doyle von Frankenstein playing Misfits, Samhain & Danzig), Hot Snakes, Diplo, Major Lazer, Henry Rollins, Ted Leo & The Phramacists, Spank Rock, Murder City Devils, Hum, Lykke Li, Passion Pit, Four Tet, Rakim, The Damned, Austra, Purity Ring, and Flynt Flossy are just a few of the acts announced today as part of the Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 lineup. Another amazing year! Check out the full lineup below and stay tuned for more announcements coming in August and September.
The new additions to the Austin, Texas festival, which takes place from 11/4 - 11/6, are in addition to the the previous "lineup leaks" that included Brian Posehn, Odd Future, Okkervil River, M83, X (performing "Los Angeles"), Reggie Watts, Flying Lotus, Tune-Yards, Ra Ra Riot, Kid Dynamite and others
2011 is the festival's sixth year, but first at its new home Auditorium Shores (no more Waterloo Park). Tickets are on sale now.
Fun Fun Fun 2011 flyer and almost-full lineup is below.
DOWNLOAD: Spiders - "High Society" (MP3)
Though their similarly monikered Spanish brethren carry the old-school death-metal torch, it's Sweden's Graveyard that riffs like that classic rock gods of yesteryear. After a recent departure from Tee Pee Records, the retro-band have signed to Nuclear Blast for their new release Hisingen Blues, due April 19th. Press releases proudly declare that the album was recorded/produced/mixed in 100% analog (would we expect different from them?) and you can hear the difference in the title track, as well as in "Ain't Fit to Live Here" which is streaming for the first time below.
"Hisingen Blues" (the song) also has a video on the way, and the track has also been sized up for a limited edition 7" pic disc with an exclusive b-side, "Granny And Davis". Limited to 500, look for it on 3/25 in Nuclear Blast's Webshop and keep your eyes peeled for the LP when it comes up for pre-order.
Axel Sjöberg of Graveyard also sits behind the kit for another project, the slightly more garagey Spiders (which also features members of Witchcraft & Madamm). The band features the gritty vocals of Miss Ann-Sofie Hoyles atop the ripping leads of John Hoyles on the forthcoming Kemado 7" "High Society" b/w "Gracious Man". Download "High Society" above/stream it below, look for it soon at the Kemado store, and look forward to another 7" on the way for "Nothing Like You".
A few dates, the art for Graveyard's Hisingen Blues and all song streams are below...
DOWNLOAD: Shadow Of The Torturer - "The Walk" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Fatalist - "Internal Misery" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Mala Suerte - "Wine Like Clotted Blood" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Coffinworm - "High On The Reek Of Your Burning Remains" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Clone II Snippet Sampler (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sleep - Demos 1990 (Mediafire Link, courtesy of Chunklet)
DOWNLOAD: Thou - "Don't Vote" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Thou - "I am the Leviathan" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Nirvana 2002 - "Mourning (Projections of a Stained Mind)" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Mala Suerte - "Entrance/Black Art" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Brown Jenkins - "Ashes In Her Mouth" EDIT (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Brown Jenkins - "Lords Of Suicide" & "Lifetaker" (Mediafire Link)
DOWNLOAD: Witchmaster - "Two Point Suicide" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Witchmaster - "Total Annihilation" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gravehill - "Rites Of The Pentagram" (MP3)
Consider this the "Swedish Death Metal" edition as we'll focus on a few bands that have taken cues from the great sounds of Entombed, Dismember, Grave, and so many others. As such, lets start off with Fatalist! Though they hail from the land of sun and surf (California), Fatalist have nailed the tone of early (Stockholm) Swedish Death Metal sound, putting their own spin in their songwriting. Featuring ex members of Exhumed, Fatalist's debut album The Depths of Inhumanity is out on 11/23 via Ibex Moon and for a taste of the killer riffs that the band has cooked up, dig on "Internal Misery" above.
Lets get it out of the way, Nirvana 2002 is not a boxset from a certain Seattle band. In fact, Nirvana 2002 is the name of a lost Swedish Death Metal band who will finally release their full recorded output via Relapse Records, Recordings 89 - 91. The band that featured vocalist/guitarist Orvar Säfström (ex-Entombed) have released the "Mourning (Projections of a Stained Mind)" MP3, available for download above after it recently premiered on Decibel. If you love the sickening Swedish Death Metal buzzsaw sound, these long lost tracks are a welcome surprise. Orvar Säfström recently discussed his top 6 favorite Swedish Death Metal albums.
Much like Fatalist, Gravehill is also a sickening early death metal worship act from California. Gravehill's Rites Of The Pentagram LP is out NOW via Enucleation and the title track is available for download above. The band recently played the NJ Death Fest along with Acheron, who are releasing their latest LP and first in six years, The Final Conflict: Last Days Of God, on Ibex Moon.
Mala Suerte doom away on their latest crusty, dimly lit LP, The Shadow Tradition, available via Hellride Music. Download a pair of tracks from that Austin band's LP above. Mala Suerte have been around since the 90s and released a few LPs of their filthy Grief-like psychotic doom as well as a split with Japan's Coffins.
A Mala Suerte video for "Non Servium", Coalesce, Ghast, Eyehategod, Fuck The Facts, Zoroaster, Graveyard, thoughts on the new Slayer, and more as TWIM continues...
by Black Bubblegum
Night Horse, in the chill station
TK Webb & The Visions have unfortunately dropped off of the previously announced Night Horse show at Pianos on 8/13 (Thursday), but have been replaced by a "special guest" headliner. No official word on who said guest is, but I would bet that you can make an educated guess based on Night Horse's current label, and the other band in town that night (and what is written on Pianos' website).
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Nebula - "Pulse" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Nebula - "The Dagger" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Night Horse - "Good Bye Gone" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Entrance Band - "Grim Reaper Blues" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Naam - "Kingdom" (MP3)
Nebula, inna black-metal stylee
Call it the unofficial Tee-Pee-clusterfuck week if you want, but for nine days this August, four separate tours featuring bands on their label will pound NYC with a barrage of shows, with a few shows falling on the same day.... sigh.
First up, the psychedelic LA band Nebula have announced a US tour with The Entrance Band. That includes a stop at Santos Party House on August 22nd with Naam. Tickets are on sale. Nebula are touring to promote their Heavy Psych (the LP name and in practice), which will pounce on an unsuspecting public on July 7th via Tee Pee. Check out "Pulse" and The Dagger" from that LP, both of which are downloadable above.
The Entrance Band (an Ecstatic Peace-signed band who are sometimes just called "Entrance") are also touring with Sonic Youth even sooner. In fact they are playing United Palace in NYC with them on July 3rd (tickets are still available).
The Entrance Band is one of a few openers that are scheduled for the Sonic Youth tour which has Sonic Youth taking July 4th and 5th off. The Entrance Band aren't taking as long of a vacation though. You can catch them headline Southpaw in Brooklyn on the 5th (this Sunday) with TK Webb & the Visions. Tickets are on sale.
Meanwhile, another Tee Pee band from the westside is hitting the eastern shores within a week of Nebula's show at Santos AND have a release coming on the same day as Heavy Psych. Night Horse, who share guitarist Justin Maranga and drummer Brandon Pierce with the mighty Ancestors (not the black metal band), have scheduled a pair of NYC area dates for the second week in August. They play Pianos on August 13th with TK Webb & The Visions and Union Pool on August 16th with Tournament and Orphan. Night Horse will release the first of a three part split 7" series planned for this summer with Dirty Sweet. Look for that 7" on July 7 and check out the first track, "Good Bye Gone", available above.
Next up, Swedish doom-proto types (or is that doom-prototype types?) Graveyard are scheduled to tour the US with CKY (yes, the one with Bam Margera's brother) which includes a NYC date at Gramercy Theater on 8/13, same night as Night Horse at Pianos. Tickets are on sale.
Although Ancestors are NOT on the road in any significant fashion, they recently announced their new album, the massively epic Of Sound Mind. Featuring contributions from David Scott Stone (Unwound, Melvins) and Sera Timms (Black Math Horseman), look for Of Sound Mind to hit stores on Oct 6th via Tee Pee Records. MUCH more on this record to come... highly recommended.
Full tour dates for Nebula, Night Horse, The Entrance Band, and Graveyard are below.
by Black Bubblegum
Swede mages Witchcraft have a handful of planned dates trickling out, including a show at Bowery Ballroom on September 17th with compatriots (in nationality and inspiration) Graveyard and Brooklyn's own TK Webb & The Visions. Tickets go on sale August 1st at noon. Peep the list of dates so far, down below.
Witchcraft is also on board for Lollapalooza 2008 - the only band playing Lolla AND the dying Ozzfest in the same week. Unfortunately, like Radiohead and Rage Against The Machine, Witchcraft's performance won't be viewable from the live stream. Wilco, Broken Social Scene, The National, The Raconteurs, Stephen Malkmus, and many others will be though.
Witchcraft will also be intersecting with a Witch (minus the -craft) tour in LA with Ancestors. Starting September 19th, Graveyard is touring with The Sword and Clutch.
Ancestors have a new album on the way, Neptune With Fire, due on August 19th on Tee Pee. Ancestor, the new album by TK Webb & The Visions, is due September 2nd on Kemado. Dates below...
by Avi Roig
Ida Maria (SWE)
From Norway, operating out of Stockholm and currently making inroads in the UK - an international success waiting to happen. The thing that is winning 'em over? A fearless, unpredictable live show. The songs could be better, but I would not hesitate to see her get on stage and wreck shit.
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Graveyard - Thin Line from their self-titled LP (mp3)
J.Mascis's other other band, the doom-inspired Witch, will do a short stint of dates this month, opening their tour at the aforementioned Tee Pee Records showcase on March 12 and concluding on March 20, two days after the release of their killer record Paralyzed. Check them out at Luna Lounge in Brooklyn on March 19 (tickets here). Swedish 70s throwback rockers (NOT Witchcraft) Graveyard will open the show, playing tunes off of their grand self-titled effort. DEFINITELY a recommended album for fans of that other swedish 70s doom band or fans of Pentagram. Video and tour dates below....