Grave (band)

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Grave
Grave, Klubben, Stockholm 2008.jpg
Grave at Klubben, Stockholm, 2008
Background information
Also known as Corpse
Putrefaction
Origin Visby, Sweden
Genres Death metal
Years active 1986–present
(hiatus: 1997-1999)
Labels Century Media
Associated acts Entombed, Coercion, Centinex, Therion, The Project Hate, (more)
Website www.grave.se
Members Ola Lindgren
Ronnie Bergerståhl
Tobias Cristiansson
Mika Lagrén
Past members Jonas Torndal
Jörgen Sandström
Jens "Jensa" Paulsson
Christofer Barkensjö
Pelle Eckegren
Fredrik "Fredda" Isaksson
Ola Lindgren, vocalist and guitar player. Klubben 2008
Fredrik Isaksson, former bass player. Klubben 2008
Ronnie Bergerståhl, drummer. Klubben 2008

Grave is a Swedish death metal band that formed in 1986 by vocalist and guitarist Ola Lindgren, who is their only constant member. The band had particular success in the early 1990s, and their first four albums, Into the Grave, You'll Never See..., Soulless and Hating Life, cemented their reputation as one of Sweden's foremost death metal bands. Grave went on hiatus in 1997, but got back together two years later. Since then, they have released six more studio albums, making a total of ten studio albums.

Band history[edit]

Early career (1986–1993)[edit]

The band started in 1986 under the name Corpse and changed it to Grave in 1988. They recorded various demos during 1986–1991 and including some singles and EPs as well. Their debut full-length album Into the Grave was released in 1991. The release led to a European and American tour.

In 1992, the band released their second album You'll Never See..., which was a continuation of the style played on their debut. However, bassist Jonas Torndal, left the band as a result of his increasing dislike for touring. After unsuccessfully trying to find a replacement, the group made a decision to become a trio, as guitarist Jörgen Sandström switched to bass.[1] A European tour followed with compatriots Dismember and headliner Morbid Angel.

Two more albums, hiatus and return (1994–2003)[edit]

Soulless - their third album, released in 1994 - showed a somewhat different style, blending some more experimentation and industrial tones into the death metal of the previous album. Sandström departed 1996 and Lindgren took over the vocals on their fourth album Hating Life. This album progressed further into the style started on Soulless. Another European and American tour followed, which resulted in the live album Extremely Rotten Live. Thereafter, the band more or less split up.

1999 was the first year the members rejoined and started rehearsing, nevertheless the band took it slow. Ultimately this led to a warm-up European tour and a new album in 2002. Back from the Grave which was a return to the style played on their second album, You'll Never See..., with minimal influence from the Soulless. As a bonus a CD was added with three demo recordings.

Fiendish Regression and As Rapture Comes (2004–2007)[edit]

The 2004 album Fiendish Regression saw the departure of drummer Paulsson, who was replaced by Coercion drummer Ekegren. This album showcased more aggressive and generally somewhat faster songs. Touring followed through Europe in support of Cryptopsy.

Two years later, in 2006 As Rapture Comes was released further increasing the overall speed and aggression. Noteworthy is the inclusion of the Alice in Chains cover of "Them Bones". In support of the album the band toured with Dismember, Vital Remains, Demiricous, and Withered through the US and Canada. In November 2006 they toured Europe as part of the Masters of Death tour, with Unleashed, Dismember, Entombed and Exterminator. In September, Grave embarked on a tour with Nile for their album Ithyphallic, in Europe.

Recent years (2008–present)[edit]

In 2008 the band returned with a new full-length album called Dominion VIII. It was one step more back to the old school death metal roots. The next album, Burial Ground, continued the same style. In 2010, Fredrik Isaksson left the lineup and was replaced by Dismember's Tobias Cristiansson.[2]

In July 2011, it was reported that Grave was expected to begin recording a new album that fall and have it out in 2012.[3] Titled Endless Procession of Souls, it was released on August 27, 2012 in Europe and in North America on the next day.[4]

Discography[edit]

Full lengths[edit]

EPs and singles[edit]

Morbid Ascent (2013)

Live albums[edit]

Boxed sets[edit]

  • Morbid Ways to Die (2003)

DVDs[edit]

  • Enraptured (2006)

Line-up[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Ola Lindgren - guitars, vocals (1986–present)
  • Ronnie Bergerståhl - drums (2006–present)
  • Tobias Cristiansson - bass guitar (2010–present)
  • Mika Lagrén - guitar (2011-present)

Former members[edit]

  • Magnus Martinsson - guitar (2008–2011)
  • Jonas Torndal - guitars, bass (1989-1992, 1996-2007)
  • Jörgen Sandström - guitar, bass guitar, vocals (1986-1995)
  • Fredrik "Fredda" Isaksson - bass (2001-2010)
  • Jens "Jensa" Paulsson - drums (1986-2002)
  • Christofer Barkensjö - drums (2004)
  • Pelle Eckegren - drums (2002-2006)

References[edit]

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