Graveyard Plays in Hell
Review and photos by Joseph Wilkinson
An ardent and energetic crowd came out to The Masquerade last Saturday to welcome the Swedish hard rock quartet Graveyard on their second trip to Atlanta. The band responded by channeling their inner Sabbath and letting loose with a hard-charging, high-octane set that would have elicited fist pumps and head bangs from even the most stoic of rock aficionados. With their blend of psychedelia and blues-rock, Graveyard pay homage to iconic groups like Cream and the MC5, but do so in a way that sounds refreshing and original.
The bare-bones intimacy of the Masquerade’s “Hell” room – wherein the distinction between the stage and the floor is approximate and a trip to the backstage restrooms often involves brushing shoulders with band members – meant that Graveyard could play a near-continuous set without seeming arrogant or disconnected.
In fact, the only breaks in the action were for the occasional chug of beer or guitar tuning.
The set was a mix of songs from the band’s first release and their new album, Hisingen Blues, and the crowd was clearly familiar with the band’s whole catalogue, given that many in the front of the crowd sang along from start to finish. However, the loudest ovation and most widespread sing-along came late in the evening, as the band closed out their main set with the title track to their new album.