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Grave - Back From The Grave (9/10) - Sweden - 2002

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Century Media
Playing time: 43:13
Band homepage: Grave

Tracklist:

  1. Intro
  2. Rise
  3. Behold The Flames
  4. Dead Is Better
  5. Receiver
  6. No Regrets
  7. Resurrection
  8. Below
  9. Bloodfed
  10. Thorn To Pieces
Grave - Back From The Grave
After a long six year hiatus that no one in the underground Death Metal scene wanted, you have received your wish. Now deal with it! It's true! It's true! GRAVE are back with a new release and it's every bit as brutal as their early works. GRAVE were one of the early Swedish Death Metal bands like THERION and HYPOCRISY to have come up with their brand of Death Metal that was every bit as brutal as the scene was happening in Florida if not...heavier.

While I couldn't have bared to listen to this band 10 years ago, I am now being open minded to hear what they have to offer. Perhaps it's because I am a writer or due to the fact that my friends have opened my eyes to a wide variety of music. Whatever the reason is, I am now listening and I must say that this is some damn fine playing. I think what separates this band from the others is that it's not about how fast and insane the playing has to be. This is more precise and deadly with the churning guitars that will weave their way into your ear while the drums just make your insides implode and add the original vocalist: Ola's throaty growls to the mix that makes this release embraced by all who want to feel down in the dumps with their take on the negative perception of life.

GRAVE pulls no punches here and make sure that this music is true to their original sound of early with no hint of commercialism in sight. The melodies that are thrown in from their guitars are few an in between, but make no mistake, it doesn't water their sound down one bit. The listener is treated to 45 minutes of pure punishment which will be pure ecstasy to those who enjoy pain. Each track just gets better than the next here and you better like it. (Online December 7, 2002)

Joe Florez



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