Grave don’t follow trends. The Swedes don’t care what’s hip. Grave aren’t interested in the next big thing. This might sound atavistic, but Grave, since forming out of the ashes of Corpse in 1988, have made death metal their own. That’s right. From classic debut full-length, "Into The Grave", to 2012’s celebrated "Endless Procession Of Souls", the Gotlanders imprint on death metal has been legendary. They’ve influenced and informed hundreds, if not thousands of longhairs and axe-slayers to take on the most brutal form of music known to mankind. “It’s kind of weird when younger bands tell me that we influenced them,” frontman Ola Lindgren croaks. “But, in another way, I have my own idols and favorite bands that made me want to start playing music when I grew up. So, in one way, I can relate to it.”
Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Grave in the group’s own Studio Soulless in Stockholm, "Out Of Respect For The Dead" sounds like it was meant to violate and execute. Songs such as “Mass Grave Mass”, “Redeemed through Hate”, and the title track feel as if they were unearthed from the early ‘90s. They’re ungodly good and uncommonly cruel. In fact, "Out Of Respect For The Dead" might just be Grave’s most confrontational album since "You’ll Never See..." vomited mightily on the mundane, the stale, and the weak. “It was not intentionally written like that,” he admits. “However, when we started putting songs together, they all had that raw pissed-off feeling to them. We then just stuck to that throughout the finishing process.” But "Out Of Respect For The Dead" isn’t just 50-minutes of mindless brawn and cro-magnon posturing. “Plain Pine Box”, “The Ominous They" and the nine-minute closing epic, “Grotesque Glory” represent Grave’s other side. They counter the relentless with the slow and creepy. Whereas Grave in full-on barbarian mode is like the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, when they’re composed the Swedes are more like The Fog, strange, unpredictable, and scary. “That’s what I really like about the new album,” agrees Lindgren. “And that’s also what ties it together with "Endless Procession Of Souls" and the "Morbid Ascent" EP. Well-written songs with variety and quirks that keep the entire record interesting. Nothing really drives that except trying to be honest to our fans and our legacy.”
"Out Of Respect For The Dead" is by Grave for Grave and their followers. “Trends come and go in every music genre,” Lindgren says. “Even within metal music. Death metal fans are among the most loyal there are. And that’s why
the genre and all its great bands are still going strong.” Respect the dead. Honor the fallen. And all hail Grave!!!
- Chris Dick. 2015.
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|Tracklist:||01. Intro / Mass Grave Mass
02. Flesh Before My Eyes
03. Plain Pine Box
04. Out Of Respect For The Dead
05. The Ominous "They"
06. Redeemed Through Hate
08. Trail Of Ungodly Trades
09. Grotesque Glory