GRAVE

Death Metal • Sweden
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Grave is a Death Metal band from Visby, Sweden. They started in 1986 under the name Corpse and changed it to Grave in 1988. From the beginning of the great European death metal movement Grave took charge with an incredibly tight band and a lot of atmosphere. Although eclipsed in popularity by many other, and usually lesser, bands, Grave have continued touring and releasing classic albums. Current Band Members: Ola Lindgren - guitars, vocals Ronnie Bergerståhl - drums (Centinex) Jonas Torndal - guitars (bass guitar on the debut) Fredrik "Fredda" Isaksson - bass guitar (Therion)

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GRAVE albums / top albums

GRAVE Into the Grave album cover 3.52 | 12 ratings
Into the Grave
Death Metal 1991
GRAVE You'll Never See album cover 3.42 | 8 ratings
You'll Never See
Death Metal 1992
GRAVE Soulless album cover 3.75 | 6 ratings
Soulless
Death Metal 1994
GRAVE Hating Life album cover 2.69 | 4 ratings
Hating Life
Death Metal 1996
GRAVE Back From the Grave album cover 3.50 | 3 ratings
Back From the Grave
Death Metal 2002
GRAVE Fiendish Regression album cover 3.25 | 4 ratings
Fiendish Regression
Death Metal 2004
GRAVE As Rapture Comes album cover 3.29 | 3 ratings
As Rapture Comes
Death Metal 2006
GRAVE Dominion VIII album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Dominion VIII
Death Metal 2008
GRAVE Burial Ground album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Burial Ground
Death Metal 2010
GRAVE Endless Procession Of Souls album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Endless Procession Of Souls
Death Metal 2012
GRAVE Out of Respect for the Dead album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Out of Respect for the Dead
Death Metal 2015

GRAVE EPs & splits

GRAVE ...And Here I Die...Satisfied album cover 3.71 | 3 ratings
...And Here I Die...Satisfied
Death Metal 1993
GRAVE Morbid Ascent album cover 3.73 | 3 ratings
Morbid Ascent
Death Metal 2013

GRAVE live albums

GRAVE Extremely Rotten Live album cover 3.33 | 3 ratings
Extremely Rotten Live
Death Metal 1997
GRAVE Enraptured album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Enraptured
Death Metal 2006

GRAVE demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

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Tremendous Pain
Death Metal 1991

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GRAVE Reviews

GRAVE Into the Grave

Album · 1991 · Death Metal
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Although one of the earliest examples of death metal and one of Sweden’s big four along with Dismember, Entombed and Unleashed, GRAVE has nevertheless become one of the more forgotten of these acts despite having enjoyed considerable success during its initial run. GRAVE was formed by vocalist / guitarist Ola Lindgren in Visby which sits on the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea. Although starting off under the Corpse moniker, the name was changed to GRAVE in 1988 and soon followed by a number of demos, singles and EPs up until the debut album INTO THE GRAVE was released in 1991.

This early lineup included Lingren on guitars and vocals along with Jörgen Sandström who also performed guitars and vocals on the first three albums before jumping over to the more popular Entombed. Jens Paulsson played drums and bass duties were performed by Jonas Torndal. Death metal has become one of the most popular metal subgenera in the last thirty years having branched off into myriad directions but in the early 90s the style was coming of age and showcased a purity of the style that has been lost in time. After INTO THE GRAVE, the band would embark on a European and American tour which found them sowing the seeds of death metal destruction but seems to have been relegated as a footnote in old school death metal history.

While not as technical as bands like Death, Atheist, Edge of Sanity, Demilich or Gorguts, GRAVE was very much cranking out all those heavily distorted low-tuned guitar riffs that employed the tremolo picking, growly vocals and double kick blastbeat techniques in the company of other pioneers such as Carnage, God Macabre, Entombed, Dismember and Unleashed before death metal splintered off into the myriad directions of tech death, melo-death, death and roll and what have ya. Many of these bands played together with members switching from one band to another. Despite GRAVE existing as one of the more popular bands of the early 90s, the band became increasingly forgotten due to newer bands pushing death metal ever further into unexplored territories.

In many ways this early 90s style of old death metal is like a museum of sort much like video game museums feature classic arcade games. INTO THE GRAVE showcases the fledgling genre just as it had come of its own and while other bands like Morbid Angel and Death may have been more explorative in terms of advancing the genre, GRAVE performed an excellent example of tracks in this particular phase of the genre with all those characteristics of death metal perfectly executed on INTO THE GRAVE. At this point death metal still had connections to 80s metal styles and therefore had melodic underpinnings that while present were suffocated by the rampaging riffs, death growls and blastbeats.

While it’s true INTO THE GRAVE has little to offer in terms of originality, what i love most about this band’s debut is the consistency of the material presented and how well executed this early style of death metal is and serves as a point of reference for where old school death metal was at the time. While Death was generating the first progressive death metal and Suffocation was getting more brutal followed by bands splintering in all directions, the death metal presented on INTO THE GRAVE is a satisfying snapshot of where the genre was at its most pure at the moment when the genre started taking on much more experimental approaches. Death metal is an interesting beast in that the differences are razor thin between certain bands but for some reason this one resonates whereas similar bands like Obituary and Bolt Thrower just don’t quite scratch that itch in the same way. For death metal historians, this is one not to be missed.

GRAVE As Rapture Comes

Album · 2006 · Death Metal
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"As Rapture Comes" is the 7th full-length studio album by Swedish death metal act Grave. The album was released through Century Media Records in July 2006. It´s the successor to "Fiendish Regression" from 2004 and it features the exact same lineup who recorded the predecessor.

Stylistically there haven´t been many changes since "Fiendish Regression (2004)", and the material on "As Rapture Comes" therefore pretty much continues down the same old school Swedish death metal path as Grave tread on the predecessor. They occasionally make use of some crushingly brutal grooves, which was a trait they picked up in the mid-90s, but other than that, this is the epitome of old School Swedish death metal. It´s well played, well produced, and the material is well written and effective too, but when the album ends, I still have the feeling that a bit more variation in the songwriting department could have made the album a more interesting listen.

It opens really strong with "Burn" (after the short "Intro - Day of Reckoning"), which is a track displaying everything great about Grave, but only a couple of tracks into the album and the tracks begin to flow together. It´s not a major issue when listening to an old school death metal album, where you don´t necessarily expect great diversity, but it´s just an observation, that the album could have been stronger, if the songwriting had been more varied. The cover of "Them Bones" by Alice in Chains doesn´t add much to my overall impression of the album, although it is a pretty great choice for a cover song.

As it is "As Rapture Comes" is still a strong death metal release by Grave, and neither fans of the band nor old school death metal fans in general, will probably be disappointed here. Brutal aggressive growling vocals, downtuned brutal riffs, the occasional screaming solo, and a solid and fairly (for the genre) varied rhythmic assault. It´s the kind of album where you get exactly what you expect. Nothing more...nothing less. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

GRAVE Fiendish Regression

Album · 2004 · Death Metal
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"Fiendish Regression" is the 6th full-length studio album by Swedish death metal act Grave. The album was released through Century Media Records in August 2004. It´s the second album since the band´s long hiatus ended with the release of "Back From the Grave" in 2002. A significant lineup change has taken place since the release of "Back From the Grave (2002)" as drummer and founding member Jensa Paulsson has left and has been replaced by Pelle Ekegren. The remaining part of the lineup who recorded "Back From the Grave (2002)" is intact.

Stylistically the material on "Fiendish Regression" pretty much continue the old school Swedish death metal sound of the predecessor, but the relatively dominant groove element of "Back From the Grave (2002)" is scaled back a bit on "Fiendish Regression", making it a bit more "straight" in terms of old school death metal authenticity. When that is said the contemporary sounding production still reveals that this is not an early 90s death metal release and there are still some groove elements left in the band´s sound. To my ears it´s actually a bit of a shame that they cut down on the use of the brutal grooves, because that was the part of their sound on "Back From the Grave (2002)" that I felt made them stand out a bit. "Fiendish Regression" is a bit more one-dimensional and the tracks seldom stand out (something which isn´t helped out by the one-dimensional growling vocals). The pace is predominantly mid tempo and it´s only very rarely the band play faster parts.

"Fiendish Regression" is overall still a quality death metal release by Grave though. Personally I just find it less appealing than it´s direct predecessor and also less memorable. It features quite a few redeeming qualities in the high level musicianship and in the powerful and detailed sound production, but the songwriting could have prospered from more variation. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

GRAVE Back From the Grave

Album · 2002 · Death Metal
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"Back From the Grave" is the 5th full-length studio album by Swedish death metal act Grave. The album was released through Century Media Records in October 2002. It´s the band´s first release since "Hating Life" from 1996. Grave never officially disbanded but just had an 8 year break in activities, but "Back From the Grave" is still regarded as their comeback album. As far as comeback album titles go I can´t think of a more suiting one than "Back From the Grave". "Hating Life (1996)" saw Grave end on a bit of an odd groove metal oriented note, which was quite different from the old school Swedish death metal style, they originally played. At that point they were a two-piece consisting of Ola Lindgren (guitars, bass, vocals) and Jensa Paulsson (drums). Both are still part of the lineup on "Back From the Grave", which also features Fredrik Isaksson (bass) and Jonas Torndal (guitars). The latter was part of the original Grave lineup from 1989-1992, where he handled the bass duties.

The material on "Back From the Grave" are not devoid of brutal grooves (in fact the album is loaded with them) but the music is still pretty far from the sound on "Hating Life (1996)". This is instead old school Swedish death metal with a good portion of brutal groove. It doesn´t sound completely retro and those who only enjoyed "Into the Grave (1991)" and "You'll Never See (1992)", aren´t guarenteed listening pleasure here. To my ears the sound on "Back From the Grave" is closer to the sound on "Soulless (1994)", although in no way af copy of that sound. So basically a successful mariage between old school Swedish death metal and brutal groove metal.

The material on the 10 track, 43:13 minutes long album is consistent in both quality and style. Nothing is sub par or sticks out too much, although tracks like "Rise", "Dead Is Better", "Resurrection", "Thorn to Pieces", and "Bloodfed" are small highlights. The band are well playing and the growling vocals are intelligible and delivered with the right amount of aggression. "Back From the Grave" is also a very well produced album featuring a brutal heavy sound, so upon conclusion it´s a quality release and a great comeback album by the band. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

GRAVE Morbid Ascent

EP · 2013 · Death Metal
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"Morbid Ascent" is an EP release by Swedish death metal act Grave. The EP was released through Century Media Records in August 2013. "Morbid Ascent" features 5 tracks and a full playing time of 25:39 minutes. "Venial Sin" and "Morbid Ascent" are new original written tracks. In addition to those two tracks "Morbid Ascent" also features a cover version of "Possessed" by Satyricon, a remix of the closing track "Epos" from Grave´s 10th full-length studio album "Endless Procession of Souls (2012)" and a re-recorded version of "Reality of Life", which first appeared on the band´s second demo cassette tape "Sexual Mutilation (1989)".

Stylistically there are no surprises on "Morbid Ascent". This is old school Swedish death metal to the bone. Grave have held the torch high for so many years now that only their mid-90s excursions into groove metal territory have revealed any attempt at playing something different. That attempt wasn´t exactly well received by the fans of the band though and they quickly returned to their signature old school death metal sound. The material is as always in the more brutal end of the Swedish old school death metal spectrum. Downtuned brutal riffing and deep growling vocals complimented by crushingly heavy beats and occasional higher tempos. Never blasting though. The cover version of "Possessed" by Satyricon is given a death metal "twist" and blends in well with the rest of the tracks.

"Morbid Ascent" is both well produced, well played and well written and upon conclusion the EP is quite a great listen. Grave´s core sound has a tendency to become a bit one-dimensionally brutal over the course of a full album, but in this shorter EP format, I think it works really well and a 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is deserved.

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