Why yes, I will include a Megadeth reference in the title of my review of the latest album from Swedish hard rockers Graveyard. Deal with it. The new album, out tomorrow (5/25), titled Peace, is anything but as the band assaults your ears for 10 songs with heavy riffs and killer lyrics that have made Graveyard what they are – a badass rock band from a place where metal bands like Sabaton, In Flames, Ghost and Arch Enemy are kings. It’s been a while since I’ve done an album review here, but with Graveyard back and up to their usual tricks again, I figured it was a worthy cause.
What’s there to say about Graveyard? If you’re a fan of the band, you are likely already highly anticipating the release of the band’s 5th studio album and follow-up to 2015’s Innocence & Decadence, which peaked at #2 in the band’s home country. Peace has the potential to be the band’s second #1 record – 2011’s Hisingen Blues hit the top of Sweden’s charts – and while Graveyard hasn’t reached near the popularity here in the States that they have achieved back home, those who do know about the band on this side of the world absolutely love them.
With 10 tracks on Peace, Graveyard returns with a powerhouse album that is sure to propel them to new heights here in the US. Songs like Cold Love, Please Don’t, The Fox, Bird of Paradise, Sign of Peace and It Ain’t Over Yet are all excellent tunes while the album’s remaining four tracks are equally moving. Del Manic slows it down a bit, but that makes for a bit of unique sound on an album full of hard-hitting rock n roll. Graveyard reminds me a bit of Irish rockers The Answer, only with more success, and Peace will only further the band’s efforts as they have put forth a winner of an album.
So, the answer to the question posed in the headline, “who’s buying?”, should be everyone. Rock n roll fans, hard rock fans, even heavy metal fans will appreciate Graveyard’s 5th studio effort as there is definitely something for everyone on Peace. Grab it via Nuclear Blast Records tomorrow.