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Review: Gravebreaker - Sacrifice

Label: Gates of Hell Records
Year released: 2016
Duration: 38:34
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: May 22, 2017
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating

Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (3 Votes)

I've been trying to put my finger on Sweden's Gravebreaker for over a week and even though I haven't pinned it down completely, there are some things I can say for sure. First, the band's debut album Sacrifice faithfully channels the NWOBHM or, more specifically, the bands from the continent around at the same time like OZ, Mercyful Fate, Witch Cross, Crossfire, etc. The production is "light" without the huge bottom end we've come to expect from modern releases but that doesn't detract; it actually adds to the atmosphere. The vocals are of the "acquired taste" variety and drenched in echo in a way that would bring a tear of remembrance to the eye of Venom's Cronos. The playing is fast and loose with a lot more "feel" than complexity and the lyrics are delightfully dark and satanic in the 80s style. There are some above-average cuts like "Violent City" and "Messenger of Death" with the rest of the tracks enjoyable if not overly memorable. Sacrifice is a fun album that doesn't try to be anything other than what it is. There's no pretension to the trio of guitar/bass/drums so if you want some simple, straightforward Heavy Metal fun, Gravebreaker have you covered.

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