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Out Of Respect for The Dead
December 2015
Released: 2015, Century Media Records
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: UK Team

The new album by legendary Swedish Death Metallers GRAVE, titled Out Of Respect For The Dead continues the band's sonic onslaught of old school Death Metal with a few CELTIC FROST-inspired sections similar to those found on 2012's " Endless Procession of Souls". The production is both very clear and yet remains heavy, bridging the raw sound of the band's old records with their most recent work. It's a pummmeling release that allows certain updates to the GRAVE's sound, while not skimping on the agression factor . The vocals on this record are more intelligible than usual, yet remain within the traditional Death Metal camp.

GRAVE have some of the best opening songs in Death Metal history on their records, and Out Of Respect For The Dead is no exception: "Intro/Mass Grave Mass" can be included alongside classics like "Deformed" and "You'll Never See..." as a kicks-ass album-opener. One of the best aspects of this album is that this is GRAVE not only balance an updated production with their aggressive earlier material, but the band has also developed more chops, giving way to more variation within songs than in the past. "The Ominous "They" " is a perfect example: the band kicks off with those CELTIC FROST, semi Doom Metal parts mentioned earlier, and just as the listener is thinking that this will be a slow track, out of nowhere the rhythm section kicks these guitar riffs up with a fast, Thrash Metal style. The title track is a classic pummeling cut that could've been included on the band's debut album Into The Grave seemlessly. Though I am mentioning certain songs here, I believe that Out Of Respect For The Dead is one of those albums that is best enjoyed when listened to as a whole rather than picking specific songs.

GRAVE have demonstrated with Out Of Respect For The Dead that the band are still able to play their aggressive take on Death Metal while adding new elements to their sound in a balanced manner that does not compromise aggression one bit. For some time, they were kind of stuck in rut with albums that were simply not that good; yet, the band has recently kicked their classic sound again into high gear and their latest releases prove that there is still fire burning within the old school Death Metal monster that is GRAVE.

Titus Isaac
Track Listing

1. Intro / Mass Grave Mass
2. Flesh Before My Eyes
3. Plain Pine Box
4. Out of Respect for the Dead
5. The Ominous "They"
6. Redeemed Through Hate
7. Deified
8. Trail of Ungodly Trades
9. Grotesque Glory


Ola Lindgren - Guitars, Vocals
Ronnie Bergerstål - Drums
Tobias Cristiansson - Bass, Vocals
Mika Lagrén - Guitars

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