Bring out your bongs and dim the lights for the Swedish hard-rock band, Graveyard as they decide to illuminate us with their latest record, “Hisingen Blues”.
The album is surely going to impress anyone with a hunger for a throwback to classic bands such as Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin and many more. Joakim Nilson (guitar, vocals) returns with band members Jonatan Ramm (guitar, vocals), Rikard Edlund (bass), and Alex Sjoberg (drums) to deliver a psychedelic, hard-rock hell of a ride.
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“Hisingen Blues” is a crunchy sounding 70’s style hard-rock LP, which is filled with great songs about life, isolation, madness and suicide. “Ain’t Fit to Live” launches the album with a song involving an individual who wants to commit suicide due to the amount of pressure that is psychologically crushing him. “Hisingen Blues” is their first single, which spiraled the album up European charts just over a month again. It’s a song questioning the future of humanity and about our inevitable impending doom. “Uncomfortably Numb” is about splitting up with someone because ever since the beginning of the relationship they’ve been trying to pursue the ideal companion while pretending to remain content with each other. The tune is a slow-tempo song with great instrumentation and a bluesy solo at the end. A great addition to the album was “Longing”. The track sounds like a theme from a spaghetti-western film, which is clearly influenced by composer Ennio Morricone (The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly). “Ungrateful Are the Dead” is my favorite track as it starts off with an organ that helps define the song’s sinister sound. The guitar riffs are nice and doomy with Joakim singing about the dead and their negligence of the darkness that corrupts our world above their resting place.
Overall, “Hisingen Blues” is a great album for any hard-rock fan, or even those who listen to doom-metal and wouldn’t mind a retro styled fix. Graveyard proves that there is still hope in restoring the hard-rock sound of the 70’s and if you enjoy bands like The Sword then this album would be an excellent recommendation for your collection.