This year has been a very productive one for metal thus far with more and more albums coming eachmonth. One of such albums is also a new album of Spanish death metal machinery called Graveyard. This is their fourth album and it is described as the third chapter of the “Lovecraftian tetralogy” which was started with their second album “The Sea Grave” in 2013.
When the album starts, it is very clear that this will be a true old-school death metal experience. The sound on this album has some classic aggressive death metal riffs combined with slower doom ones. It strikes into the core of what death metal is and it sounds great. As aggression isn’t the only thing that matters, the album also relies a lot on the atmosphere too. The dark ambiance of this album is shown through background keyboards and choir passages, which are most noticeable on “Hurled unto Damnation.
There is also some melody to be found on the final track “Madre de la Noche”. This song starts off as a classical death metal song, but later it dives more into Amon Amarth-like melodic death metal territory until the short pause after which it transforms into unusual keyboard led outro with vocals and other instruments in the background. Classic destructive energy of death metal is present throughout the album, but the most aggressive track is definitely “Winds like Daggers”. The overall atmosphere of the album fits very well with Lovecraftian lyrical themes and forms a concrete whole. I’ve had a pleasant time listening to this well-rounded death metal masterpiece and I hope you will feel the same!