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With over two decades of annihilation under their belts, Swedish death metal forefathers Grave are still destroying things the tried and true way as shown on the savage nine-track offering BURIAL GROUND. This veteran trio excavates the classic buzzsaw tones, caustic crawling pace and warmongering growls from their early years on their ninth studio record (“Bloodtrail”) with a hearty helping of old school pummeling rhythms and doom-laden atmosphere present (“Conqueror”), encompassing the early sound they helped spawn with little regard for injecting any new influence (“Dismembered Mind”). Doling out an organic evil that permeates through each thick riff and mid-tempo mauling melody, Grave sticks to what works by churning out a diabolical slab of groove-ridden and rough-riding death metal with a decisively traditional flavor.
- Mike SOS