Graveyard (band)

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Hellfest, 2013
Background information
Origin Gothenburg, Sweden
Genres Hard rock, psychedelic rock, blues rock
Years active 2006–present
Labels TeePee Records / Transubstans Records (past), Nuclear Blast (now)
Associated acts Norrsken
Website Graveyard on Myspace
Members Joakim Nilsson
Axel Sjöberg
Jonatan Ramm
Past members Rikard Edlund
Truls Mörck

Graveyard is a hard rock band from Gothenburg, Sweden formed in 2006.


Joakim Nilsson, Rikard Edlund (both formerly of Norrsken), Axel Sjöberg, and Truls Mörck formed Graveyard in 2006. When Norrsken disbanded in 2000, guitarist Magnus Pelander went on to form doomy folk metal act Witchcraft and Nilsson and Edlund joined Albatross, a growly blues rock band whose lineup also included Sjöberg on drums. Initially they considered Albatross a hobby project, but after five years the members began taking their music more seriously and had grown dissatisfied with the direction their sound had taken. When Albatross broke up, Nilsson and Edlund decided that for their next venture, they would head back towards their roots as musicians and songwriters. Nilsson explains, “I am a singer, but in Albatross I only played guitar. Rikard played guitar but he is a bass player. We also wanted a more straightforward [rock] sound.”[1]

Together with Sjöberg and guitarist/singer Truls Mörck they began practicing as Graveyard. Upon their initial formation, Graveyard quickly recorded a two track demo, played a total of three shows, and began planning for a full-length album with Swedish label, Transubstans Records. In the meantime, they posted a demo of some of their material on MySpace. Songs from the band's Myspace caught the ear of Tony Presedo, founder of TeePee Records. Their self-titled debut album was recorded by Don Ahlsterberg and released in early 2008. On the recording sessions' completion, Truls Mörck was replaced by guitarist Jonatan Ramm. The debut album received generally good reviews.[2] Graveyard performed at the 2008's South by Southwest Music Festival.[3]

Graveyard was featured on Rolling Stone Magazine's Fricke's Picks for their first ever US gig at SXSW.[4] After SXSW, Graveyard toured with label mates Witch. In the Fall of 2008 Graveyard toured with Witchcraft and then Clutch. In 2009 they toured with the rock band CKY. Graveyard released their second album in spring of 2011.[5]

In 2013 they toured Europe with grunge band Soundgarden.

In October 2014 the band announced that bass player and co-founder Rikard Edlund was leaving the band to "pursue other musical ventures".[6]



Album Peak chart positions Certification
Graveyard 27
Hisingen Blues
  • Released: March 25, 2011 (Europe)
  • Released: April 19, 2011 (North America)
  • Record label: Nuclear Blast Records
  • Format: CD / LP
Lights Out
  • Released: October 26, 2012 (Europe)
  • Released: November 6, 2012 (North America)
  • Record label: Nuclear Blast Records
  • Format: CD / LP

EP's and Singles[edit]

Band members[edit]

Current members
  • Joakim Nilsson – guitar, vocals
  • Jonatan Larocca-Ramm – guitar, vocals
  • Axel Sjöberg – drums
  • Truls Mörck – bass
Former members
  • Rikard Edlund – bass


  1. ^ Graveyard: The Sweet Sounds of Swedish Psych, Alarm, 9 June 2008, retrieved 28 June 2009 
  2. ^ allmusic review, allmusic, retrieved 28 June 2009 
  3. ^ , SXSW, retrieved 28 June 2009  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Fricke’s Picks: Graveyard, Rolling Stone Magazine, 10 April 2008, retrieved 28 June 2009 
  5. ^ Graveyard, The Agency Group, retrieved 27 November 2010 
  6. ^
  7. ^ " - Discography Graveyard". Hitlisten. Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 April 2012. 

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