Everything about heavy Swedish four-piece Graveyard
makes it seem like they just climbed out of a time machine, up to and including their facial hair. Their third full-length, Lights Out
(Nuclear Blast), sounds like an attempt to call into being the platonic ideal of a mid-70s hard-rock radio station: boogie, blues-rock, custom-van-with-a-wizard-painted-on-it rock. That’s what these guys do, and they do it terrifyingly well. Shades of Nazareth, Mountain, and early AC/DC haunt the assured swagger of tracks such as “The Suits, the Law & the Uniforms
” and “Goliath
,” and when front man Joakim Nilsson slips into something a little more comfortable on “Hard Times Lovin’
,” it’s a sexy Jim Morrison croon. Graveyard are more than just mimics, though—their music has a freshness and flexibility that’s very contemporary. —Monica Kendrick The Shrine opens.