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GRAVEYARD: Rapids Theatre, Niagara Falls, NY, May 20, 2015

Photos and review by Scott Brown

Niagara Falls, NY - Graveyard, a band no stranger to touring with previously established bands, such as Clutch and Mastodon, finally made an appearance in Western NY. Having previously toured with Clutch (circa 2008) supporting the re-release of their self titled debut, this time around, Graveyard is out on tour in support of their third release entitled 'Lights Out.' Established in 2006, from Gothenburg, Sweden, Graveyard quickly gained attention with their heavier, but classic rock style.

Prior to show time, the line was significantly long - to enter the venue so early. With the doors running late, I took the time to ask a few of the fans who were the earliest to arrive, which artist prompted their early arrival. Several stated the headlining acts, but at the same time, many had named Graveyard as a big interest.

When the doors finally opened at approximately 6:45pm - with about five hundred to six hundred fans waiting to get in - the late start did not bode well for many of the early attendees, who were waiting to see the opening act. Thanks to expeditious and still thorough security, most were in to see Graveyard and quench their curiosity of the Swedish rock group.

Even with the doors opening late, the show started promptly at 7:00 pm, as Graveyard began their set. Joakim Nilsson, the voice of the band, and man of few words, quickly began sharing his bands artistry with the crowd. After the opening song of “Hisingen Blues”, Nilsson paused quickly to gauge the crowd. Just as quickly the crowd replied with cheers and unanimous claps of approval, likewise, Nilsson smiled and gave the crowd more. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, interaction with the crowd was kept at a minimum, in order to make it through the approximate nine-song set, within the allotted time. Oozing classic rock hooks, guitar solos, combined with a heavy metal grit, my curiosity was quenched to know what a combination of the Doors, with a touch of Steppenwolf - keeping in the Metal genre - would have sounded like. A very enjoyable band, as their style leaves them open to not only the Metal community, but fans of straight ahead rock and roll as well.

With the set over, Graveyard now had the time to interact more with fans. Although all of the band members were never at the merchandise stand at one time together, the entire band did make appearances throughout the night, taking time to sign autographs, pose for pictures, and just talk with the crowd. All fans that took the time to approach Graveyard were greeted with a smile and handshake. Many of the conversations I witnessed, lasted several minutes with great enthusiasm from the fans, asking for a return date on the band's part. Maybe next time Graveyard comes to the area, it will be as a headliner, with a greater song selection, provided they play a longer set, which seemed to be sentiment made by the fans as a whole. I for one wish these gentlemen luck. A true, quality rock band is a rare find these days, and Graveyard definitely has what it takes!

Hisingen Blues
Seven Seven
Ain't Fit to Live Here
The Siren
As the Years Pass by, the Hours Bend
Buying Truth (Tack & Förlåt)
Hard Times Lovin'
The Suits, the Law & the Uniform
Uncomfortably Numb

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