Fans of Wolfmotherâ€™s style of indie metal should be happy with Graveyard, the new TeePee Records psychedelic metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden. And folks who donâ€™t dig Wolfmother, like myself, can apparently like this band, too. I like it because it eschews the vocal fuzz that dominates so much new metalâ€”instead using the kind of ridiculous falsetto employed by heavy metal singers from the classic Ozzy to the borderline-satirical guy from Darkness.
My favorite track has to be the Steppenwolf-like â€œDonâ€™t Take Us For Fools,â€ which features a guttural, greasy, junkyard-dog growling over chug-a-chug-a guitar-and-drums. Or maybe I prefer the machine-gun drumming and swirling drama of â€œSubmarine Blues.â€ Itâ€™s so hard to pick one seat on the rollercoaster of an album. This is music you wantâ€”need!â€”to hear live.
Word of advice, though: If youâ€™re going to call your band â€œGraveyard,â€ donâ€™t release a self-titled album. Try googling â€œGraveyardâ€ and youâ€™ll see some of the trouble I had doing research on the group!
But Iâ€™ll save you the trouble: Graveyard is available now on eMusic and Amazon (digitally only), but a have-and-hold CD will be available in February.