Limited Edition Mint Green Vinyl

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(Nuclear Blast)

 

It was the briefest of break-ups but painful, nevertheless. For the four months that Graveyard ceased to exist there was a gaping void where, once, a band founded in heavy blues and Sabbath-esque doom ruled the roost.

The sonically adept Scando metallers always had the potential to be a far more powerful proposition than their profile suggests but three years after Innocence & Decadence became the quartet’s third successive top three Swedish album can they still cut it?

Has the time away from rock and roll’s unforgiving frontline refreshed and reinvigorated Joakim Nilsson and his band mates? Or has Graveyard’s unexpected split put this most forward-thinking of bands on the back foot?

Reassuringly, Peace is a peach of a record. It Ain’t Over Yet will surely raise a wry smile from those die-hard fans devastated to hear of Graveyard’s sudden demise – and delighted to hear of their welcome return. And side one is all killer and no filler with the achingly cool Cold Love juxtaposed alongside self-reflective ballad See The Day to create an intense, immersive atmosphere. Perversely, plodding lead single Please Don’t is the least inspiring tune here (a punchy solo almost saves the day).

Side two kicks off in fine style with follow-up single The Fox a groove-laden glimpse of Graveyard at their glorious best. Producer Chips Kiesbye has clearly gone the extra mile in a bid to fuse the band’s recent past with their future vision and Peace is a record that points to even greater success. Nilsson’s unique vocal range has never been captured to such scintillating effect and alongside Joanatan La Rocca Ramm the multi-talented muso creates a constantly evolving wall of guitar wizardry. Peace in our time? You’d better believe it.

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