By Dr. Abner Mality

Well, you can’t win ‘em all. There’s been tons of “true” metal releases inspired by the classics released lately and a surprising number of them are quite good. But not all. That brings us to Gravebreaker from Sweden. When I saw the name of the album was “Sacrifice”, I started to worry, because this is approximately the 3458th metal album by that name.

I think their heart is in the right place, but these guys don’t measure up. Cliches I can forgive, but thin sound and no balls in the mix I can’t. Opening tune “Overdrive” has a shockingly thin sound without much bottom end and that doesn’t get much better over the course of the album. The song itself is nothing to write home about either and when it comes to classic metal vocals, the Gravebreaker dude is way towards the back of the pack. Musically, none of this stands out very much, even though songs like “Pray for Death”, “Violent City” and “Spellbound” aren’t half bad. Sealing Gravebreaker’s fate is their weak use of keyboards and, horror of horrors, AUTOTUNED vocals on a couple of passages.

No matter what some people say, not every NWOBHM band deserved to see the light of day. That holds true for the modern day as well. Gravebreaker just don’t measure up.