GRAVELAND

Black Metal / Viking Metal / Pagan Black Metal • Poland
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Graveland is a pagan metal and black metal band from Wroclaw, Poland which was formed in 1992 by Rob Darken (Robert Fudali). Darken, who started Graveland as a solo project, was inspired by early black metal such as Bathory and Burzum's early works; but starting with "Thousand Swords", the band took on a powerful folk influence. As a result, later Graveland has sometimes been described as Viking metal or Pagan metal. Early Graveland lyrics were thematically connected to celtic pagan beliefs and were heavily anti-Christian, though with Graveland's development into an epic style, the lyrics have also thematically developed over time to glorify Aryanism; then more recently, to glorifying Wotanism.

Darken has had other people play in Graveland such as Grzegorz "Karcharoth" Jurgielewicz who played on the Celtic Winter demo, and the first two full-length albums. Maciej "Capricornus" Dąbrowsk also played drums on a number of Graveland releases between 1993
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GRAVELAND albums / top albums

GRAVELAND Carpathian Wolves album cover 3.94 | 4 ratings
Carpathian Wolves
Black Metal 1994
GRAVELAND Thousand Swords album cover 3.50 | 3 ratings
Thousand Swords
Black Metal 1995
GRAVELAND Following the Voice of Blood album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Following the Voice of Blood
Black Metal 1997
GRAVELAND Immortal Pride album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Immortal Pride
Viking Metal 1998
GRAVELAND Creed of Iron album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Creed of Iron
Viking Metal 2000
GRAVELAND Memory and Destiny album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Memory and Destiny
Viking Metal 2002
GRAVELAND The Fire of Awakening album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Fire of Awakening
Black Metal 2003
GRAVELAND Dawn of Iron Blades album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Dawn of Iron Blades
Viking Metal 2004
GRAVELAND Fire Chariot of Destruction album cover 4.75 | 2 ratings
Fire Chariot of Destruction
Black Metal 2005
GRAVELAND Will Stronger Than Death album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Will Stronger Than Death
Black Metal 2007
GRAVELAND Spears of Heaven album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Spears of Heaven
Black Metal 2009
GRAVELAND Thunderbolts of the Gods album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Thunderbolts of the Gods
Viking Metal 2013
GRAVELAND Ogień Przebudzenia album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ogień Przebudzenia
Viking Metal 2014

GRAVELAND EPs & splits

GRAVELAND Impaler's Wolves album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Impaler's Wolves
Pagan Black Metal 1999
GRAVELAND Raise Your Sword! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Raise Your Sword!
Viking Metal 2001
GRAVELAND Blood of Heroes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blood of Heroes
Viking Metal 2002
GRAVELAND Eastern Hammer album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Eastern Hammer
Black Metal 2007
GRAVELAND Cold Winter Blades album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cold Winter Blades
Pagan Black Metal 2010
GRAVELAND Tribute to King of Aquilonia album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tribute to King of Aquilonia
Pagan Black Metal 2010

GRAVELAND live albums

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

GRAVELAND Necromanteion album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Necromanteion
Black Metal 1992
GRAVELAND Promo June '92 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Promo June '92
Black Metal 1992
GRAVELAND Drunemeton album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Drunemeton
Black Metal 1992
GRAVELAND In the Glare of Burning Churches album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In the Glare of Burning Churches
Black Metal 1993
GRAVELAND Epilogue album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Epilogue
Black Metal 1993
GRAVELAND The Celtic Winter album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Celtic Winter
Black Metal 1994

GRAVELAND re-issues & compilations

GRAVELAND Epilogue / In the Glare of Burning Churches album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Epilogue / In the Glare of Burning Churches
Black Metal 1999

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GRAVELAND Reviews

GRAVELAND Carpathian Wolves

Album · 1994 · Black Metal
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The Polish black metal scene in the 90s is often underrated even though that period included many great and influential bands, and albums that were ahead of their time. Graveland’s Carpathian Wolves is one of the finest albums from that era along with Veles’ Night on the Bare Mountain.

Carpathian Wolves is an almost 50-minute furious yet epic album. Such tracktitles as ”Barbarism Returns” tell quite much already. Although often hateful, the music has its climax moments every now and then when folkish guitar riffs appear, and also synths that are mixed quite high. Thus the tempo often varies from Capricornus’ sloppy blast beats to slower and more epic sections. I can not even name any example tracks because this is pretty much the manner how all the songs are composed - and what a sweet way it is indeed.

”Witches Holocaust” differs from the rest of the album in that it’s a slow, haunting track from the beginning to the end. It’s a truly magical track with its focus on creating a creepy atmosphere, made possible by almost saddened guitar riffs and chanting vocals in the background.

Carpathian Wolves is an album that showed great enthusiasm and power already in 1994, around the same time when things were happening in Norway. Graveland never made a record like this anymore, not to say that their (or more specified, his) later career would be bad. It’s just that Carpathian Wolves was and still is quite a unique album that I would only compare to Night on the Bare Mountain, perhaps.

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