Sweden’s GRAVEYARD to Play Coachella; U.S. Tour Announced

Swedish Grammy-winning rockers GRAVEYARD been confirmed to play this year’s Coachella Music Festival twice this April.  Let’s see if the mainstream hipsters and poptards will catch on.

To make the most of their flight to the U.S., the band will also be playing their own headline dates across the States.

The band shares:

“Giddy up!! We are pleased to announce that we are rowing our boat over the pond again. This time to play at Coachella! And since we hustled our asses over there, we might as well take a trip around the U.S. of A. Stay cool in the bubble pool!”

Tour dates can be found here.


GRAVEYARD – Lights Out

Our favorite Swedish anachronism is back in a hurry with the follow up to 2011’s divine Hisingen BluesLights Out continues the good old rock n’ roll sounds that GRAVEYARD plays so well.  And the songs…yes, they are just straight up good.

The band shows some new facets of songwriting as some songs are more subdued or dynamic while others allow the vocals to stand in the forefront.  The sequencing of the songs keeps things fresh as the vibe and tempos can shift from song to song. Songs like “Seven Seven,” “Endless Night,” and “Goliath” rock the loudest while “Hard Times Lovin’” and “Slow Motion Countdown” are somber bluesy numbers.  “The Suits, the Law & the Uniforms” makes you want to crack open some ice cold beers.  Album closer “20/20 (Tunnel Vision)” starts off subdued and builds to a mid-crescendo coming to an end.

Lights Out‘s is beautifully authentic to the 70’s sound in production and instruments used.  The musicianship is top notch without being flamboyant.  Joakim Nilsson (vocals/guitar) continues to grow as a frontman and delivers another charismatic and beautiful performance.

No use wasting time in reading this review any further.  Go out and get this album.  (Nuclear Blast Records)

Watch GRAVEYARD’s New Video for “Goliath”

Rock ‘n roll heroes, GRAVEYARD, have their new video from “Goliath” posted online. The song comes off their upcoming album, Lights Out, coming October 26th (EU) and November 6, 2012 (NA) via Nuclear Blast Records.

The “Goliath” single is out on 7″ vinyl and as digital download September 21, 2012 via
Nuclear Blast Records and iTunes.

By the sound of it, Lights Out should be a killer album.

New Details of New GRAVEYARD Album Announced

Swedish gods of bluesy, psychedelic rock GRAVEYARD have set Lights Out as the title for their third studio album, due out in Europe on October 26th and in North America on November 6th.

Lights Out’ sums up the feeling of the new album,” states GRAVEYARD drummer Axel Sjöberg, “and a feeling that we have that these times that we live in are strange times… where no one really sees anything straight or the way they are.”

In regards to the album artwork, Sjöberg states: “We all know that both we and pretty much everyone else was really excited about the cover of Hisingen Blues, so we had to come up with a really strong idea to match the strength of that cover.  It’s just about finished now, but even without having seen the final version, we are convinced that no one will be disappointed.  We’ve worked with several people who all added their part, and as the saying goes in Sweden, ‘The sum of the parts is bigger than the parts alone.’  So sharpen your raven’s hatches and get ready for Lights Out!”

Check out our review of 2011’s Hisingen Blues.

GRAVEYARD, RADIO MOSCOW, THE SHRINE @ Bootleg Theater (1/28/12)

GRAVEYARD‘s sold out show with RADIO MOSCOW, and THE SHRINE at Bootleg Bar in Los Angeles this past Saturday was no doubt the hottest ticket in town. The buzz was huge and rightfully so–their latest album, Hisingen Blues, is an honest-to-goodness, quality serving of 70s rock ‘n roll that has garnered much acclaim.

So while word rippled through the internet that the show had sold out, the venue subsequently moved the show into the larger (and better sounding) theater room in the back of Bootleg Bar. A limited number of tickets were then released with an additional unguaranteed chance for tickets at the door. Upon arrival, the line for fans waiting to purchase tickets was at least 40 people deep with THE SHRINE already loudly blasting away inside. It turns out that everyone who showed up without pre-sale tickets was fortunately able to get in. Continue reading

APESHIT’s Top Metal Albums of 2011

2011 was a very productive and enjoyable year for extreme music, perhaps the best in years. Thus, it was not an easy task choosing what we enjoyed best since they were just so many. 2011 also gave us unforgettably bad albums by LOU REED and METALLICA, flops by THE HAUNTED as well as controversial ones by MORBID ANGEL.

We look forward to another strong year in 2012 in which we will celebrate our 10 years online. Cheers for all of your support in 2011! Radikult!!
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Sweden’s GRAVEYARD to Return to U.S. in January 2012

GRAVEYARD have announced U.S. tour dates starting in January 2012. Drummer Axel Sjöberg checks in about the band’s eminent return:

“At last the circumstances of life and the music industry has allowed us to return to the land of infinite highways and corrupt bankers. Of mighty nature and excellent thrift stores. Of micro breweries and good Mexican food (which you can’t find in Gothenburg). Yes ladies and gentlemen, the boys in the ‘yard are returning to the U S of A in January, 2012. A good way to start the new year and an excuse to get fucked up and enjoy some good rocking music.

“With us on our travels across the nation are the very skillful musicians of RADIO MOSCOW. With natural talent and relentless touring they are bound to leave jaws hanging and people wondering what just happened. Blues rock the way it’s meant to be played.”

The first 13 shows of the GRAVEYARD & RADIO MOSCOW trek through the U.S. are:

01/12/12 Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
01/13/12 Middle East – Boston, MA
01/14/12 Northstar Bar – Philadelphia, PA
01/16/12 DC9 – Washington, D.C.
01/17/12 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
01/19/12 Asheville Music Hall – Asheville, NC
01/20/12 Exit/In – Nashville, TN
01/21/12 Masquerade (Hell Stage) – Atlanta, GA
01/22/12 Hi-Tone Café – Memphis, TN
01/24/12 Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX
01/25/12 Mohawk – Austin, TX
01/31/12 Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
02/01/12 The Tractor – Seattle, WA

Additional dates will be announced shortly.

Hisingen Blues, GRAVEYARD’s second studio album and Nuclear Blast debut, debuted on three Billboard album charts (#48 – Heatseekers, #140 – Top Independent Current albums, and #46 – Current Hard Music Albums) in April and officially entered the Swedish album chart at No. 1 in late March.

GRAVEYARD – Hisingen Blues

Do you love classic rock of the 60’s and 70’s? Yeah, so do I. Thus, by default we all love GRAVEYARD‘s excellent new record, Hisingen Blues. While GRAVEYARD may be two albums into their career, they sound as if they came out of a time machine from that era, and from that tradition of rock ‘n roll. While their overt influences are too numerous and not important to point out, please do not mistake this excellent band for being an unearnest attempt at being “retro.”

Hisingen Blues is just so damn good, and this is readily apparent upon the first listen. Song after song after song and it hits you that they are all winners. A bad riff or weak vocal line cannot be found. And when these guys decide to kick things into overdrive with instrumental song sections, it’s just beautiful. There are bluesy rockers like the title track and passionate, somber numbers like “Uncomfortable Numb.” They can do instrumentals too. “Longing” is a great instrumental that could be the soundtrack to any classic spaghetti Western film.

It should be noted that vocalist/guitarist Joakim Nilsson is not just an excellent guitarist but one hell of a singer. The man can flat out sing. He’s got a natural warmth and charisma that is rare.

These Swedes have the chops, charisma, and the songs. Hisingen Blues is very good but maybe “great” is too premature to say as you can sense that the best is yet to come. In a perfect world, they would be one of the biggest rock bands on earth. Yes, that’s how good they are. (Nuclear Blast Records)