With ‘Innocence And Decadence’, Graveyard delivered yet again. The new 2015 release, which marks their fourth full studio album, the Power-Rock quartet from Sweden once more gave testament to what they do best, namely producing uncompromising and authentic music. And simply at the end of the day, that’s why I love them.
I had mixed feelings when I heard that the band was back in the studio, working on their successor of ‘Hisingen Blues’. That record, to me, is a damn hard one outdo. Of course, ultimately when it comes to music, it’s all a matter of personal preference. However, ‘Hisingen Blues’ set the bar very high in my book, so with mixed feelings, I was on one hand looking forward to ‘Innocence and Decadence’, while on the other I was trying to manage my own expectations to avoid potential disappointment.
Well, what can I say, I am certainly not disappointed. Quite the opposite. Arguably, ‘Innocence and Decadence’ could be viewed as Graveyard’s most diverse and dense record, for the lack of better terms. The twelve tracks are a great representation of the band’s approach to making music. While the album features a broad spectrum of musical variety, at its core, it’s a cohesive and unwavering artistic statement. From a fan’s perspective – well, I guess I should say from my point of view – there are no unpleasant surprises. I like it that way, because I’m risk adverse and therefore prefer a healthy degree of predictability.
Video: Graveyard ‘Innocence and Decadence’ Review
Here’s the ‘Graveyard – Innocence and Decadence’ track list:
1. Magnetic Shunk (3:02)
2. The Apple & The Tree (3:04)
3. Exit 97 (3:50)
4. Never Theirs to Sell (2:15)
5. Can’t Walk Out (5:43)
6. Too Much Is Not Enough (4:37)
7. From a Hole in the Wall (3:47)
8. Cause & Defect (3:47)
9. Hard-Headed (3:12)
10. Far Too Close (4:43)
11. Stay for a Song (4:35)
12. The Hatch (bonus track) (3:14)
Comparing ‘Hisingen Blues’ to ‘Innocence and Decadence’ wouldn’t make sense to me. They are inherently different. Which in light of the above may sound contradicting. But that’s exactly the underlying point here. While each record sounds different, the listener knows from the first measure of the first track that he’s listening to Graveyard and nothing else. It’s essentially like the first few Black Sabbath records – they are all very different from each other, yet there’s a common thread and apparent continuation that links them together. However, to be clear, I am not comparing Graveyard to Black Sabbath by any means – this was simply for analogy purposes.
To wrap this up: if you didn’t get a chance to purchase ‘Innocence and Decadence’ by Graveyard yet, then don’t waste time and get the Vinyl, CD or download it (legally!). If you liked the band’s previous records, you’ll like this one, too. As mentioned in my video review, at this point, I feel it’s save to just buy anything Graveyard blindly, because you know what you get. Which is simply put, an honest, intelligent and ‘kick-ass’ quality product by an awesome band.