GRAVEYARD - Into the Mausoleum
Released: 2008 | Label: Blackseed | Rating: 5/10 | Reviewer: PSL | Provided by: Blackseed

01. Entrance
02. Into the Mausoleum
03. Ritual
04. One of Them
05. King of the Graveyard
06. Under the Shadow of Death
07. Zombie Ritual

You usually can't go wrong with old school death metal. It's often very predictable, but for the most part good music. This is also how I more or less feel about Into the Mausoleum from the Spanish band Graveyard. The four-piece are loyal to standard sounding old school death metal in the vein of Dismember and Entombed. I like this, but sometimes there tend to get a little too much copycat in the music. In places there are some very obvious hints to Clandestine era Entombed.

The Spaniards do an okay job when it comes to making the music diverse. Mostly they don't play superfast. Instead the band allows a lot of room for some heavy and almost doom-like parts and it works like it should. Graveyard do speed things up like on "Ritual", but overall the four-piece concentrate on the moderate in the music. The band finish it all off with a rendition of Death's "Zombie Ritual" and this they do well. A downside on the EP is the production - it's kind of thin and doesn't do the music much justice. Into the Mausoleum is not bad, but it's not that convincing either.

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