- Joakim Nilsson – guitar, vocals
- Jonatan Larocca-Ramm – guitar, vocals
- Truls Mörck – bass, vocals
- Oskar Bergenheim – drums
Graveyard is a Swedish hard rock band from Gothenburg, Sweden, formed in 2006.
Joakim Nilsson, Rikard Edlund (both formerly of Norrsken), Axel Sjöberg, and Truls Mörck formed Graveyard in 2006. When Norrsken disbanded in 2000, guitarist Magnus Pelander went on to form doomy folk metal act Witchcraft and Nilsson and Edlund joined Albatross, a growly blues rock band whose lineup also included Sjöberg on drums. Initially they considered Albatross a hobby project, but after five years the members began taking their music more seriously and had grown dissatisfied with the direction their sound had taken. When Albatross broke up, Nilsson and Edlund decided that for their next venture, they would head back towards their roots as musicians and songwriters. Nilsson explains, “I am a singer, but in Albatross I only played guitar. Rikard played guitar but he is a bass player. We also wanted a more straightforward [rock] sound.”
Together with Sjöberg and guitarist/singer Truls Mörck they began practicing as Graveyard. Upon their initial formation, Graveyard quickly recorded a two track demo, played a total of three shows, and began planning for a full-length album with Swedish label Transubstans Records. In the meantime, they posted a demo of some of their material on Myspace. Songs from the band’s Myspace caught the ear of Tony Presedo, founder of Tee Pee Records. Their self-titled debut album was recorded by Don Ahlsterberg and released in early 2008. On the recording sessions’ completion, Truls Mörck was replaced by guitarist Jonatan Ramm. The debut album received generally good reviews. Graveyard performed at the 2008’s South by Southwest Music Festival.
Graveyard was featured on Rolling Stone‘s Fricke’s Picks for their first ever US gig at SXSW. After SXSW, Graveyard toured with label mates Witch. In the fall of 2008 Graveyard toured with Witchcraft and then Clutch. In 2009 they toured with the rock band CKY. Graveyard released their second album in spring of 2011.
In 2013, they toured Europe with Soundgarden.
In October 2014, the band announced that bass player and co-founder Rikard Edlund was leaving the band to “pursue other musical ventures”.
In September 2015, the band released “Innocence & Decadence” full-length album through Nuclear Blast. On their official Facebook page, Joakim Nilsson announced that Graveyard are working on dates for a worldwide tour: “We’re excited to visit new places, where we haven’t been before. I always wanted to play Japan, Brazil, a little bit more of Eastern Europe, especially Ukraine, where my cousin lives. Andy we’re coming!” According to Nilsson’s interview for Terrorizer magazine, his cousin is Ukrainian underground musician Andrii Tatarenko.
On 23 September 2016, the band announced they had broken up, citing, “all so classic reasons.”
Graveyard announced their reunion on 26 January 2017, with a new drummer as drummer Axel Sjöberg decided to stay with his new band.
On 18 December 2017, the band announced on its Facebook page that they were working on a new album. On 22 March 2018, the band announced that the album is called Peace and will be released on 25 May 2018.
Peace / 2018
Innocence & Decadence / 2015
Innocence & Decadence is the fourth full-length studio album by Swedish hard rock band Graveyard. It was released on 25 September 2015.
1. Magnetic Shunk
2. The Apple & The Tree
3. Exit 97
4. Never Theirs to Sell
5. Can’t Walk Out
6. Too Much Is Not Enough
7. From a Hole in the Wall
8. Cause & Defect
10. Far Too Close
11. Stay for a Song
12. The Hatch” (bonus track)
Lights Out / 2012
Lights Out is the third full-length studio album by Swedish hard rock band Graveyard. It was released on 26 October 2012.
1. An Industry of Murder
2. Slow Motion Countdown
3. Seven Seven
4. The Suits, the Law & the Uniforms
5. Endless Night
6. Hard Times Lovin’
8. Fool In the End
9. 20/20 (Tunnel Vision)
Hisingen Blues / 2011
Hisingen Blues is the second full-length studio album by Swedish hard rock band Graveyard. It was released on 25 March 2011.
1. Ain’t Fit to Live Here
2. No Good, Mr. Holden
3. Hisingen Blues
4. Uncomfortably Numb
5. Buying Truth (Tack och Förlåt)
7. Ungrateful Are the Dead
9. The Siren
10. Cooking Brew (Digipak Edition Bonus Track)
GRAVEYARD (Self-titled) / 2007
Graveyard is the debut studio album by Swedish hard rock band Graveyard, released on September 10, 2007 by Swedish label Transubstans Records and February 19, 2008 on American label TeePee Records. The album received good reviews and critical acclaim.
1. Evil Ways
2. Thin Line
3. Lost in Confusion
4. Don’t Take Us for Fools
5. Blue Soul
6. Submarine Blues
7. As the Years Pass By, the Hours Bend
8. Right Is Wrong
9. Satan’s Finest
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