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Lights Out by Graveyard
Released: Oct 2012
Label: Nuclear Blast
These Swedes meticulously re-create the exact late '60s moment when greaser rock became hippie rock -- complete with drawn-out dirges ("Slow Motion Countdown," "Hard Times Lovin'") that approximate the dullest parts of old Cream albums! "20/20 (Tunnel Vision)" is at least lounge-jazzy in a Doors way. But more compact punkers "Seven Seven" and "Goliath" remember their respective Raiders (circa "Kicks") and Chocolate Watchband roots; "Endless Night" is train-chugging Steppenwolfish biker blues. Now if only Joakim Nilsson's expressively macho throat could graduate beyond mere revivalist distance.
Chuck Eddy
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