Thu, Jan 31 On Sale: Nov/2

The Masquerade Presents


The Shrine | Brother Hawk


7:00 PM | $14.00 ADV | All Ages



The second album by Swedish retro blues-rock band Graveyard finds them moving from the stoner rock-identified Tee Pee label to the more traditionally metallic Nuclear Blast. They haven’t changed their sound one bit, though; they still sound like a lost band from 1971, somewhere between the U.K.-based Groundhogs and their fellow Swedes in November. The easiest modern comparison would be to Witchcraft, but Witchcraft‘s more occult lyrical focus, and influence from heavier acts like Pentagram, sets them apart from Graveyard‘s bare-bones…

The Shrine

“On the night of November 6th, 1979 Black Sabbath was at their most drug addled and explosive standing. They were on tour supporting their newly released Never Say Die album and had a night off in Los Angeles. After knocking back a few drinks at the infamous Rainbow Bar, they decided to check out the local rock scene at the Whiskey A-Go-Go. Arriving late, they caught the tail end of a set by The Circle Jerks. Feeling intimidated yet inspired, they rented a rehearsal space and spent the rest of the night jamming. For an unknown reason they exclusively played Thin Lizzy material and Keith Moon was sitting in… These events never took place. But if they did, the results may have sounded…

Brother Hawk

““C4 Blues,” fresh from the concrete fields of Atlanta, starts off with a lonesome guitar signaling in Brother Hawk like a morning bugler. A few seconds later the track picks up speed, slashing away at a well-phrased solo that has hints of Duane in it. When the bittersweet howl of J.B. Brisendine enters, however, it is drowning in a swamp of warm and murky guitars. At times it feels like the other instruments are held hostage by the rhythm guitar’s overshadowing reverb, yet the song extends such a soul-wrenching and calloused hand to the listener that, if taken, it can pull you past the subterranean muck.”
—  Benjamin J. Davidow, Latest Disgrace

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