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 Into the Grave album cover 3.37 | 11 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 3.77 | 7 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 2.83 | 3 ratings
Fiendish Regression
Death Metal 2004
GRAVE As Rapture Comes album cover 2.75 | 2 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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GRAVE singles (1)

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Tremendous Pain
Death Metal 1991

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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.

GRAVE Morbid Ascent

EP · 2013 · Death Metal
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Grave have over the years become one of the most consistent brutal death metal bands around, and this new EP shows no signs of them slowing down yet. It includes just two brand new tracks, but we also get a cover version of Satyricon’s “Possessed”, a remix version of “Epos” as well as the newly recorded version of “Reality Of Life”, a classic Grave demo track from 1989’s “Sexual Mutilation” demo. “Venial Sin”, the opening track, also features some guest solos by Autopsy’s Eric Cutler. It is punchy, it is surprisingly long for a 5 track death metal EP (just over 26 minutes), and in many ways is the perfect appendix to last year’s ‘The Endless Procession of Souls’. If you see the name Grave on the outside, then you know that there is going to be some mighty powerful music on the inside.

GRAVE Hating Life

Album · 1996 · Death Metal
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"Hating Life" is the 4th full-length studio album by Swedish death metal act Grave. The album was released through Century Media Records in March 1996. "Hating Life" is the first release not to feature lead vocalist/bassist Jörgen Sandström. I read an interview with drummer Jens Paulsson back in the mid-nineties where he described the situation. According to him, Sandström had approached Jens Paulsson and guitarist Ola Lindgren, telling them that he would leave Grave because he had lost interest in playing music. A few weeks later it was announced that he was the new bassist in Entombed though, which didn´t exactly suit the two remaining members well. What initially was an amicable split, became a bitter one instead (they felt betrayed). Paulsson and Lindgren opted to continue as a two-piece though with Paulsson taking care of the drumming and Lindgren playing guitars, bass and singing.

On "Soulless (1994)", Grave had added quite a few groove elements to their original old school Swedish death metal sound. On "Hating Life" that trend continues. This time around actually to a point where I´m in doubt if I should call this a groovy death metal album or a groove metal album with death metal elements. The fact that Ola Lindgren´s aggressive shouting vocal style isn´t really growling also points away from death metal. The music is still aggressive and at times brutal, but it´s the mean groovy riffs and the aggressive shouting vocals that are in focus.

...unfortunately "Hating Life" becomes terribly one-dimensional after only a few tracks, and while that isn´t surprising keeping the rather one-dimensional nature of most of the preceeding releases by the band in mind, "Hating Life" does take the prize as the most one-dimensional album the band had released up until then. And that´s even though Grave try out new ideas to spice up their music, but it doesn´t help much, when it´s the basis, the very core, of the music that lacks variation. Taken track by track "Hating Life" is actually a pretty entertaining release but when a 32:58 minutes long album seems like it lasts forever, something isn´t right. A 2.5 - 3 star (55%) rating is warranted. I much prefer the way they incorporated the groove element on "Soulless (1994)".

GRAVE Soulless

Album · 1994 · Death Metal
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"Soulless" is the 3rd full-length studio album by Swedish death metal act Grave. The album was released through Century Media Records in June 1994. "Soulless" would be the last release to feature lead vocalist/bassist Jörgen Sandström. He would later join Entombed as their permanent bassist. A position he held for a number of years.

Grave took a slightly different direction on "Soulless" adding more groove to their original "straight" old school Swedish death metal sound. This is not groove metal by any means, but there are certainly riffs and sections on the album that lead my thoughts in that direction (I´ll stretch as far as to call it groove based death metal). Maybe best examplified in the opening track "Turning Black", where the band also experiment with some aggressive distorted vocals instead of their usual deep growling. In fact the growling vocals on the album have in general taken on a more aggressive sound, compared to the more monotone brutal growling on the early material by the band. The vocals are also more intelligible now. It wasn´t an unusual thing to bring more groove into death metal in those days. Acts like Entombed and Konkhra did this with success around the same time.

"Soulless" features a brutal, raw and powerful sound productions that suits the music well.

While old school death metal purists might wrinkle their nose at the more groove oriented sound on "Soulless", I actually think it suits Grave well. The tracks are easier to tell apart than the case were on earlier releases and there are quite a few kickass groovy riffs on the album too. Not everything is on the level of the best tracks on the album (there are in other words fillers on the album), but I think the quality of the tracks and the album in general are pretty high. I´d say a 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

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