Graveyard – Back To The Mausoleum
Label: War Anthem Records
Date: April 27, 2018
Graveyard ghouls got back to the mausoleum! Quite an easy word play, so I can’t help but wonder how many reviews of this EP will start with this exact sentence.
There are a couple more of these easy connotations to this band you can pretty much expect in advance to any one of their releases. Namely, brilliantly done cover artwork. There is no question about the attention these Spaniards pay to the visuals of their works. They are back in alliance with “Putrid” Matt Carr, so the outcome was easy to predict. The man is an absolute master of Death Metal cover art.
The other thing absolutely expected of this band is great music! And Graveyard has yet to fail in this regard. Their view of Death Metal brings out the best of the genre, and even though here you have just 20 minutes of music, you can still find everything a good Death Metal release has to have.
Graveyard’s strong-point has always been the dark, eerie atmosphere and you get exactly that from the first moment of the introductory song. Short acoustic intro leads into a heavy, oppressive “And the Shadows Came” which crushes all the hopes for a better future for mankind. Along comes the perfect head banger in the form of “Craving Cries” which comes to another dark midpoint, ending in a neck breaking Death Metal inferno. The following “In Contemplation” is somewhat similar, yet arranged a bit differently. The final track brings a bit more of those atmospheric passages which became characteristic for Graveyard over the years. However, even there you can still find enough aggressive parts to not let you forget what you are listening to.
The Spanish quintet is still using the basics of Death Metal, but at the same time manages to avoid sounding like your typical copycat band. They have fairly innovative solutions when it comes to composing and arranging their songs so you don’t get that feeling of “already heard” parts. And that is pretty hard to achieve when we speak of the music that is deeply rooted in the old-school traditions. Omnipresent guitar leads and solos add to the feeling of the early ‘90s that is just screaming from the speakers.
By this time Graveyard has successfully gotten their fans used to the short releases. This is another one in the long line of EP’s and splits with just three full-length materials behind them. However, I do believe they are intended on doing just that. Keeping us hungry, starving for more. Luckily, there is always the “repeat” option, so I suggest you to get this CD (or vinyl if you prefer) and do just that!