Apr 232014

GraveyardIt was a night to remember as one of Sweden’s finest – Graveyard visited Portland for a majestic night of timeless Stoner Rock and memories! Visiting North America and Portland for the second time on their latest Nuclear Blast Records release “Lights Out”, the band seemed to feel right at home delivering it’s brand of soul, “Blue Soul” driven goods. Joining Graveyard for the voyage was fellow Countrymen Bombus in support of their second studio album, “The Poet and the Parrot“.

Bombus, a clan of  four heavy rockers seemed to have a little more aggressive and straight forward approach to their music and appearance. Leaning heavily on dual guitar rhythms and melodies tantalizing in unison, adding a strong front-line bass player and heavy shreding drums, Bombus ignited the crowd with fire and acrimony. The flying V touch made the set a little extra special and Bombus was perfect to sharpen the crowd for the ever Rocking hallucination of Graveyard music!

Bombus attacking Portland!

Bombus attacking Portland!

As the moon got bigger and brighter over the Portland Wonder Ballroom, Graveyard discretely graced the stage and on timed-note blazed into classic “Blue Soul“. If you’ve never been to the Wonder Ballroom this is actually a Urb tested and recommended establishment to see a band. Usually in any city the word “Ballroom” in your concert venue title is a good thing.  Only draw, no in and outs so go HIGH, but the place packs well, sounds great and defiantly did on this night. Armed with highly respected 2012 release “Lights Out” on Nuclear Blast Records the boys wasted no time exploding into “Seven Seven”, “An Industry Of Murder” and “Slow Motion Countdown”.


Jonathan Ramm’s Gibson SG. Angus forever!

Matte of Bombus getting the #FlyingV alert award of the night!

Matte of Bombus getting the #FlyingV alert award of the night!

As lead vocalist/guitarist Joakim Nilsson howled to the smoked crowd “Lovely, Lovely Portland we’re glad to be back” the crowd gave back after hearing heavy hit tunes “Goliath”, “Comfortably Numb“, and “Endless Nights”. Mastering the concept of timeless Blues Stoner Rock, Joakim, Jonathan Ramm (guitarist), Rikard Edlund (Bass), and Axel Sjöberg (drums) have what seems an amazing chemistry and it’s exciting to think about what’s next. After 13 heart driven tunes and what is usually a wrap for alot of bands, Graveyard toweled off and gave us “Satan’s Finest“, “The Siren”, and favorite “Hisingan Blues” off their 2011 release also on Nuclear Blast Records.

Graveyard drummer Axel Sjöberg!

Graveyard drummer Axel Sjöberg!

This show was a huge check off the ole list for myself and I can only recommend at some point if you get the chance in the North America to see them, go, you never know when they will be back. After the show we was lucky enough to be taken back stage by tour manager Erik and have a quaint, one on one discussion with guitarist Jonathan Ramm. We talked the Graveyard sound, AC-DC, legal cannabis, and new Graveyard plans. You can view that from the link below.

Urb’s recommendations:

“Satan’s Finest” – Graveyard
“Hisingan Blues” – Hisingan Blues
“Goliath” – Light’s Out

I did my best on the set-list!

1. Blue Soul
2. Seven Seven
3. An Industry Of Murder
4. Slow Motion Countertop
6. Fool In The End
7. Goliath
8. Comfortably Numb
11. Endless Nights
13. Hard Times Lovin
14. Satan’s Finest
15. The Siren
16. Hisingan Blues



Full gallery of Bombus photos here

Full Gallery of Graveyard photos here