“Out of Respect For The Dead”

By Dr. Abner Mality

Along with Autopsy, Grave is about the only first wave death metal band that sounds sicker and more aggressive now than they were 20 years ago. There was a time when they tried to experiment a little with their sound. They’ve buried those days deeper than the rotted corpses they talk about here.

I would say “Out of Respect For The Dead” tends toward faster and angrier material more than the last couple of Grave albums. Don’t worry, their trademark sludgy doom riffs are still here in spades. But this time around almost every tune contains one burst of high speed mayhem.  Even the epic closing track “Grotesque Glory”, the gloomiest song here, has a substantial section of thrashing death. Other cuts like “Mass Grave Mass”, “Redeemed Through Hate” and “Deified” rage from the first note to the last.

Ola Lindgren, longtime Grave master, has a diseased and angry mind. The lyrics here are more morbid than anything Grave has done before. Virtually every song is about an angry zombie clawing through rotten soil or a warped serial killer on the rampage. With the title track, he reaches the heights of sickness, as the phrase “out of respect for the dead” is twisted beyond recognition. This is the kind of illness that makes a death metal band legendary.

I hope Grave never gets cured. This is downtuned murky filth played with simple rage. A sickness that you can rely on.