London based Generation Graveyard have landed with their debut EP, 'Lonewolves', and if metal infused punk, with a dash of old school blackness à la Venom and Warfare, is your thing then this is going to be a sonic blast of fresh air. Formed in 2009, this bunch have already supported the likes of The Misfits, Anti-Nowhere League, Breed77, Viking Skull and Warrior Soul. That's a fairly diverse list of names but it pretty much describes what Generation Graveyard are going to assault your ears with. 'Lonewolves' isn't big or clever and Generation Graveyard aren't aiming to be the next Rush, but what they've delivered here are five tracks of brash, dirty, loud rock 'n' roll (and, on my copy, also a remix) that are heaps of fun to listen to and, I fully suspect, brilliant live.
Vocalist Max has a voice similar to a more tuneful and accomplished Cronos and his lyrics are delivered with real grunt and bite. Opener 'Abominate/Desolate' is a footstomper with a great riff and chorus. 'Human Hive' and 'The Empty' continue in a similar vein, both exciting, catchy tunes but they mix the tempos up slightly; in fact, on 'The Empty' and next track 'Deletist' (which is much faster and more thrash punk), I can almost see Cronos singing 'Countess Bathory' and 'Bloodlust' from the Venom release 'Seventh Date Of Hell'. I was at that Hammersmith gig, way back in the early 80s, and Generation Graveyard have just fired up the feeling I got back then. A slightly more punky title track finishes the EP proper and you just know this one will get the crowd chanting along. Guitars (Pete & Arno), bass (Phil) and drum work (Jonny) is precisely what you would expect from a band like this, not flash, but powerful enough to demolish a building and the whole thing has been nicely produced by Jaime Gomez Arelland, Andy Brook and the band. As mentioned, my copy features a bonus track which is 'Human Hive', remixed by Stereo Juggernaut'. It's very different, much more industrial, but also great fun to listen to. 'Lonewolves is a very good debut and Generation Graveyard are a band I hope to hear a lot more from in the coming months.
Review by Rick Tilley
21st July 2014
2) Human Hive
3) The Empty
6) Human Hive (remix)
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"...five tracks of brash, dirty, loud rock 'n' roll...that are heaps of fun..."