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Back From The Grave
Released: 2002, Century Media
Reviewer: Addison Herron-Wheeler
Editors Note: Metal-Rules.com was founded in 1995 as a forward thinking site. Our goal is, and always has been, to support Real Metal. The decision was made that very rarely do we ever go back and review an album from before 1995. Does the world really need another CD review of Master Of Puppets, Powerslave or Screaming For Vengeance? We don’t think so. We have always supported what is happening now.
Starting in January, 2014, as we head towards the 20th Anniversary of Metal-Rules.com, we are looking back and filling in a few gaps in the review database. We want to complete the post-1995 review catalogue of some of the bands that we have supported since 1995, when very few, if any websites were supporting real Metal. It’s fun to go back and revisit some of these albums that we did not review when they were first released. Enjoy!
Grave have been around for a long time and have released a fair amount of albums, some admittedly more exciting than others. While like most classic death metal bands they went through a rough patch in the late 90s, trying to find their footing, this release is actually pretty solid.
BACK FROM THE GRAVE came out in 2002 after the band took a hiatus, as the title alludes to. While the artwork looks a little more up to date than their previous offerings, the cover doesn’t jump out as anything special, but the music is a lot more solid and dynamic than their late 90s offerings. There are some faster songs, plenty of slow groove, and a good mix of dynamic and fuzzy – so you can hear the band, but it still sounds a bit raw. “Dead is Better” is one of the catchier and more upbeat songs on the album, while the heaviness of “Bloodfed” just seems like one of those get-up-and-headbang encore tracks for a live show.
I would argue that this is essential Grave, as this is the album that defined their comeback to the death metal world and proved that they still had something to offer musically after nearly 20 years of making music. This is a must-have for any diehard death metal fan, and I willing to bet most Grave fans already own it.
3. Behold the Flames
4. Dead Is Better
6. No Regrets
10. Thorn to Pieces
Ola Lindgren - Vocals, Guitars
Jensa Paulsson - Drums
Jonas Torndal - Guitars
Fredrik Isaksson - Bass
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