Grave - _Extremely Rotten Live_
(Century Media, 1997)
by: Adam Wasylyk (
Grave. A band synonymous of Swedish death metal. Although not even close to being one of Sweden's best exports, Grave, however, do an average job on their new album (live of course), entitled _Extremely Rotten Live_. I'll be the first to admit I'd rather hear the latest albums from Edge of Sanity, Entombed or even Dismember before I'd ever put this on. Grave are a band that just never held well with me. To me they seem like a third-rate death metal band, well past it's prime and 3 years past the time when they should have broken up. Why this band keeps trudging on I'll never know. I can't fault the band for it's energy and enthusiasm in a live situation, but I can fault them for boring the shit out of me. Tracks like "Extremely Rotten Flesh", "Hating Life", "You'll Never See" and "And Here I Die..." aren't terrible, but they don't prompt me into hearing them again, either. Horribly bland.
(article published 1/1/1998)
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