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Grave
As Rapture Comes
August 2006
Released: 2006, Century Media Records
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Lord of the Wasteland

Along with Unleashed, Dismember and Entombed, Grave make up The Four Horsemen of Old-School Swedish Death Metal. Highly influential in their overall sound, subject matter and delivery, these bands are pillars of heavy metal and absolutely essential listening. AS RAPTURE COMES is album number three in the second chapter of Grave’s career after taking a six-year recording break in 1996. Like its predecessor, 2004’s FIENDISH REGRESSION, the band stays firmly on course with Ola Lindgren’s throat-shredding growls along with his and Jonas Torndal’s fat, chugging, downtuned riffs. The thunderous blastbeats of Pelle Ekegren and low rumblings of bassist Fredrik Isaksson contribute to a groove-laden, doom-y sashay through the blood-drenched halls of Hades. Self-produced at the band’s Studio Soulless and enlisting Peter Tagtgren to handle the mix, the expected rancor and muddiness that populated the early Swedish death/Sunlight Studio sound once again permeates everything on AS THE RAPTURE COMES creating a bludgeoning slice of death metal done up right by pioneers of the genre.



Lindgren’s chunky riffs open “Burn” while the throttling drums of Ekegren plod into a death metal breakdown near the 4:30 mark that is so ominously low, Satan himself must be banging on his ceiling. A diving solo (Lindgren is a renowned Slayer die-hard and the influence of Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman on his playing is immeasurable) and feedback conclusion will have the guitar fans smiling but like most of Grave’s material, it is all about that gorgeously-downtuned, thunderous riff. One listen to the groove of “Through Eternity” and the shuffle of the Alice In Chains cover—“Them Bones”—and the riffs will be instantly etched into memory. On the heavier side, “By Demons Bred” and “Living The Dead Behind” blaze along powered by Lindgren’s guttural roars and Ekegren’s blasting drums, the former sporting a ripping guitar solo and the latter slowing down to a dirge-like tempo. “Unholy Terror” and “Battle of Eden,” trademark Grave songs if there ever were ones, march to a double-bass infused groove and Lindgren’s speedy riffs are like a rusty chainsaw cutting through the metal landscape. The closing title track embodies all of the band’s styles, snaking between fast and sludgy but never getting boring.



AS RAPTURE COMES holds no surprises and offers no gimmicks. Grave is one of those bands that can always warrant a blind purchase. Put simply, you know what you’re going to get and the band always delivers. A generous mix of groove and brutality, speed and slower tempos, unrelenting, brutal vocals, thick, meaty guitars, viscous bass lines and pounding drums add up to death metal at its purest and after eight albums, Grave doesn’t disappoint.



KILLER KUTS: “Burn,” “Through Eternity,” “By Demons Bred,” “Living The Dead Behind,” “Unholy Terror”
Track Listing

1. Intro - Day of Reckoning (Instrumental)
2. Burn
3. Through Eternity
4. By Demons Bred
5. Living The Dead Behind
6. Unholy Terror
7. Battle of Eden
8. Epic Obliteration
9. Them Bones (Alice In Chains cover)
10. As Rapture Comes

Lineup

Ola Lindgren—Vocals/Guitar
Jonas Torndal—Guitar
Fredrik Isaksson—Bass
Pelle Ekegren—Drums


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Grave
As Rapture Comes
September 2006
Released: 2006, Century Media/EMI
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall

This legendary Swedish death metal act is about to follow up their last studio album from 2004, FIENDISH AGGRESSION. If I say that they play old-school death metal and were one of the founding acts of the first Swedish death metal wave at the beginning of the 90’s, then I guess they don’t need to be further introduced. Just as when you buy an album with Motörhead, you pretty much know what you’re going to get. The main difference between now and back in the days is that they have added heavier grinding parts where the tempo drops a bit, as well as an updated sound-picture, but that’s it.



You have no choice but to surrender to Ola Lindgren’s angry chrushing lead vocals and Mr. Lindgren’s angry assault in the rhythm section which do their best to pound the shit out of you. The recording was done in Soulless Studio and the mixing is done by Peter Tägtgren in his Abyss Studio. The production is crystal clear and it’s a brilliant old-school death metal sound-picture updated for the 21st century. They have done a cover of the Alice In Chains song “Them Bones”, which they have managed to make their own, and every song is a minor masterpiece in and of itself.



Polish artist Jacek Wisnieswki has done the cover artwork; he’s also done the artwork on the two previous albums with Grave and here he portrays a bloodthirsty visual representation of hell’s depths, and he does it really well. The cover fits the album like a glove and it only adds to the mood of the album.



AS RAPTURE COMES is a genuinely brilliant album that every fan of old-school death metal has to own. Grave have gone to clarity from clarity and you have to bow before these heavy metal madmen and geniuses that once again show the world how old-school death metal should be played once and for all.



Grave is heading out on tour with Dismember and Vital Remains throughout North America as well as in Europe later this year.



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Track Listing

Intro – Day Of Reckoning
Burn
Through Eternity
By Demons Bred
Living The Dead Behind
Unholy Terror
Battle Of Eden
Epic Obliteration
Them Bones
As Rapture Comes

Lineup

Ola Lindgren – lead vocals, guitar
Jonas Torndal – guitar
Fredrik Isaksson – bass
Pelle Ekengren – drums


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Grave
As Rapture Comes
October 2006
Released: 2006, Century Media
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Arto Lehtinen

The Swedish long time death metal squad, Grave, have been pretty active since returning to the frontline of the old school death metal genre. With killer albums they constantly have proven that point. AS RAPTURE COMES is the eighth deadly output in a row and no mercy is given on any release. The four-piece continues with their wellknown savage onslaught by kicking off the album with the incredible long “Burn”. AS RAPUTE COME is another piece of slap of the old school Stockholm death metal. Grave have always had a sound of their own where they could easily be recongnized from other Swedish death metal acts of the 90’s. The approach is still intact on the eighth output. It's as raw and rough as on every Grave album. Even though the legendary Grave have ungergone some changes in the line-up, the vocalist/guitarist Ola Lindgren has been able to guide the ship through the rotten to the core during these years. His voice has become a leading part of the Grave sound since Soulless due to the result of the departure of Jorgen Sandstorm. The stuff on the whole album is quite quaranteed, but obviously a couple of songs for example “By Demons Bred” stand out from the rest of the stuff. The Swedish death metallers have picked up rather an odd cover choice namely Alice In Chains’ “Them Bones” to make some deadly handling for it. Of course, it was more than difficult to recognize it. The 10 song album is a metal lesson to any fanatical death metal freak digging pure old school Stockholm death metal.
Track Listing

1. Intro - Day Of Reckoning
2. Burn
3. Through Eternity
4. By Demons Bred
5. Living The Dead Behind
6. Unholy Terror
7. Battle Of Eden
8. Epic Obliteration
9. Them Bones (Alice In Chains cover)
10. As Rapture Comes

Lineup

Ola Lindgren - guitar/vocals
Jonas Torndal - guitar
Fredrik Isaksson - bass
Pelle Ekegren - drums


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