(8/10) One of the death metal dinosaurs, Grave, is back with a new longplayer called "Out of Respect for the Dead". As you know, Grave is the brainchild of Ola Lindgren and it's the Swedish guitarist that's the only remaining member who is with the band since the early days.
The new longplayer is already number eleven for Grave and it is again packed with nine outstanding death metal anthems. The pleasure with each of Grave's longplayer, also this one, is the sinister power that is inluded in each of the tracks. Lindgren and his squad stayed true all over those years. Oldschoold Swedish death metal was what they established, together with other bands, and that's what they are good in. Grave never tried to be something else; they stayed true thoughout all those years and are a flagship for Swedish death metal.
Another fact that goes for the new album is the stable line-up. Guitarist Mika Langren was the last one who joined in 2011 and the consistency since themn pays back with the new album. Grave sounds very tight and strong on "Out of Respect of the Dead". This album is a real test for your speakers. Turn the music loud and if they can handle it you bought good ones.
When it comes to the songs it's hard to pick out a few. The denisity of excellent death metal tunes is pretty high on this longplayer. But the midpace "Plain Pine Box" sticks out a bit and also the raging "The Omnious "They"" belongs to the real highlights on this record. And last but not least there is "Grotesque Glory", the longest Grave song ever recorded. The nine minutes long grave digger starts as a slow death doomer before the band shift up two gears in the second half. This song is a sonic grand slam homerun.
With "Out of Respect for the Dead" Grave added another record to their discography that presents the band in an excellent condition. Grave proves that oldschool doesn't mean dusty. Oldschool can sound fresh and death metal can be alive - no contradiction.
- Intro / Mass Grave Mass
- Flesh Before my Eyes
- Plain Pine Box
- Out of Respect for the Dead
- The Ominous "They"
- Redeemed Through Hate
- Trail of Ungodly Trades
- Grotesque Glory
Label: Century Media
Genre: Death Metal
Release Date EU: October 16th, 2015