Graveyard: Innocence & Decadence

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It doesn’t start promisingly: Magnetic Shunk seems like a routine stoner romp. But then halfway through it soars into a joyous blues shuffle, and from there this album never falters.

The fourth release from these Swedes, Innocence & Decadence has much in common with Clutch, in that the band go in various musical directions which are seemingly spontaneous, and have an individual twist. You feel this sparkle on the brooding Exit97, and smell it throughout the smouldering Too Much Is Not Enough.

The appeal here is that, although the musicianship never falters, Graveyard imbue every song with an excitable intention. Can’t Walk Out struts along a funky groove, Far Too Close glows with slowly fuelled warmth, and Stay For A Song ends the album with a cavalcade of beautiful yet mournful simplicity.

This album takes Graveyard into a new realm, marking them as modern blues-rock craftsmen par excellence.

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Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009.