Friday, November 20, 2015

Bastard Grave "What Lies Beyond" 2015 Pulverised Records

With the proliferation of Swedish-sounding death metal bands outside the actual country of Sweden, it's hard to tell where anyone is from anymore. I was delighted to find out that Bastard Grave is, in fact, a Swedish band that plays this style of death metal. And, what's more, is they lay waste to many of the acts that play this way! The guitars are chainsaws with no mercy for your ears, the vocals are pleasantly mid-ranged (which makes for a nice change of pace), and the drums are very warm and they blend with the other instruments perfectly in the production sound. Bastard Grave is the epitome of what Swedish death metal should be like. Filthy and barbaric, yet well-executed and pounding. The riffs that Bastard Grave conjure forth are big and heavy, not just resorting to endless thrashing, but slowing down to crush your feeble ears with every note when the time is right. It is old school death metal perfection if you enjoy the Swedish sound of old, and if you're reading this you probably do. This was a very rewarding listen, and I plan on adding this to my collection very soon (I hope they have a tape version!).

Bastard Grave