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Formed: 1986
From: Visby, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Grave News

Below is our complete Grave news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Lineup For 2018 ‘Quebec Deathfest’ Finalized

A final wave of bands have been announced for the inaugural ‘Quebec Deathfest‘, completing the lineup for the forthcoming festival. That event will be held October 19th-20th across Mtelus, Foufounes Electriques, Katacombes and the Piranha Bar.

New on the bill are:

Necros Christos
Bell Witch
Soil of Ignorance
Profane Order
Holy Grinder

Previously confirmed bands include: More...

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Grave Part Ways With Drummer Bergerståhl

Drummer Ronnie Bergerståhl according to Grave is no longer in the band. Grave addressed the situation via Facebook after fans had noticed Bergerståhl hadn't been with the band live throughout 2017. Read what Grave have to say about it below: More...

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Grave Parts Ways With Drummer

Swedish death metal legends Grave has confirmed that they have parted company with drummer Ronnie Bergerstål after ten years with the band. There had been rumours circulating that Bergerstål was no longer a part of the group and subsequently, Grave has issued the following statement:

"To set the record straight.

"There has been circulating rumours about our drummer and why he has not been with us on all shows this year.

"We are unhappy to inform you that we have parted ways with our drummer Ronnie Bergerstål.
After being a part of Grave for more than 10 years he will surely leave a big hole that needs to be filled.

"This is not the place to discuss or speculate about why we have decided to part ways"

"We wish you all the best Ronnie.
"Ola, Tobias & Mika"

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Sunday Old School: Grave

Sweden is a country that often gets brought up in metal circles. The Scandinavian nation in between Norway and Finland has become known as one of the more liberal countries in the world, with a highly developed welfare state, one of the highest life expectancy and satisfaction rates in the world, a long list of famous names such as scientist Alfred Nobel, writer August Strindberg and one of cinema's most revered directors, Ingmar Bergman, as well as, quite frankly, one of the sexiest accents in Europe. So why then, with so much going for it, has the country developed such a talent for extreme music, death metal in particular? We may never know, but we can be grateful that they do, otherwise we wouldn't have such classic groups as today's featured outfit, Grave.

Grave as we know them, began life in 1986 under the name Corpse, in Visby on the Swedish island of Gotland. They recorded one demo, "Black Dawn" the same year before changing their moniker to the now familiar, Grave in 1988, in time for the release of their second demo, "Sick Disgust Eternal." They released a string of demos while building up a live reputation, which eventually caught the attention of German label Century Media, who signed the band in 1991 and included them on a compilation featuring some of the most exciting young bands of the time, including Asphyx and fellow Swedes, Unleashed and Tiamat. More...

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70000 Tons Of Metal: Line Up Complete

In exactly 9 days 3000 metal fans will be on board the 2017 edition of 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise.

4 Days, 60 Bands, 1 Cruise Ship and only 3000 Tickets – Round 7 of The Original, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise will sail February 2-6 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Labadee, Haiti on board the "Independence Of The Seas".

Haven’t booked your ticket yet? Click here to book now! Don’t wait, only a select number of Single Tickets and Private Cabins are left. You don’t want to miss this trip of a lifetime!

Check out the entire 2017 line-up below: More...

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Demonical / Grave Tour Cancelled

Dreamtide Music just issued thsi announcement about Demonical's upcoming tour alongside Grave being cancelled:

"We are very sorry to inform you that the 'You’ll Never See Finland tour' featuring Grave (swe), Demonical, (swe) and Author (fin) has been canceled!

"The reason for the cancellation is 'work related matters within the Grave camp,' info that was passed on to us today during the afternoon (August 17). We have not received any further - nor more detailed explanation but the fact remains, the tour will not happen! The canceled shows are:

01.09 FIN - Tampere - Klubi
02.09 FIN - Oulu - Hevimesta
03.09 FIN - Turku - TVO

"We at Dreamtide Music tried our best to find a replacing (headliner) band suitable for the package, audience and local promoters but found it impossible with such a short notice.

"We are very sorry for the whole situation and we would like to apologize to all fans, promoters and touring partners (Demonical and Author) for the inconvenience this might cause. For ticket refunds please contact the place of your purchase. Thank you for your understanding." More...

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1985-1995: The Golden Age of Death Metal

Death should be credited with creating death metal, at least the old school style we recognize now, as they birthed the infamous Tampa, Florida sound. Bands such as Autopsy and Obituary—two of the forerunners—would not exist without Death. Death is not the true father of death metal, though. That distinction goes to Possessed. The California Bay Area group not only played a style of brutal, vicious metal, with loads of Satanic imagery, they also coined the term “death metal” on the “Seven Churches” album.

Around 1985, albums similar to “Slowly We Rot” (Obituary) and “Mental Funeral” (Autopsy) simply did not exist. Thrash was the fasted, craziest music around. Of course Possessed has already been mentioned, but the influence of Slayer, who obviously influenced Possessed, can not be under recognized. Where Possessed was different was they used a rougher production. Dark Angel, whose drummer, Gene Hoglan, would go on to be one of the most heralded drummers in the metal biz, certainly showed a good dose of Slayer in their sound. In the beginning, Slayer was nothing more than a faster, nefarious, more solo-oriented Venom protégé. More...

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Grave Premieres New Track "Plain Pine Box"

Swedish old-school death metal veterans Grave premiere another new track entitled "Plain Pine Box", taken from their upcoming album "Out Of Respect For The Dead", which drops on October 26th via Century Media Records.

Check out now "Plain Pine Box" below.

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Grave Releases Lyric Video For "Mass Grave Mass"

Sweden's Grave released a lyric video for the new track "Mass Grave Mass." The song is taken from the upcoming release "Out of Respect for the Dead," which drops on October 26th via Century Media Records. The album is the follow up to the critically acclaimed 2012 release "Endless Procession of Souls."

The track list for the album is:

1. Intro / Mass Grave Mass
2. Flesh Before My Eyes
3. Plain Pine Box
4. Out of Respect for the Dead
5. The Ominous 'They'
6. Redeemed Through Hate (song streaming here)
7. Deified
8. Trail of Ungodly Trades
9. Grotesque Glory

Check out the track here: More...

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Grave Unveils New Album Artwork

Grave has revealed the cover artwork for upcoming album "Out Of Respect For The Dead," available below.

The eerie artwork was again done by Costin Chioreanu, who has been responsible for the band's last three albums as well as the "Morbid Ascent" EP. Chioreanu is also known from his works for bands such as At The Gates, Paradise Lost or Arch Enemy, to name a few.

"Out Of Respect For The Dead" will be released worldwide on October 16, 2015. Expect nothing but evil and untamed ferocity from the masters of Scandinavian death metal. You can hear the new song "Redeemed Through Hate" over here. More...

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Grave Announces "Out Of Respect For The Dead"

Swedish death metal unit Grave just finished the recording for new album, "Out Of Respect For The Dead."

Three years have passed since the release of Grave's last opus, "Endless Procession Of Souls," that was followed by a European headlining tour together with Sonne Adam, the release of the vinyl-only "Morbid Ascent" EP and another tour together with label mates Entombed A.D.

Since autumn 2014, Grave has been working nonstop on the follow-up to "EPOS." Now, "Out Of Respect For The Dead" is finally done, and it's easily one of the angriest and most evil albums of the band's career. Check out the brand new track "Redeemed Through Hate" and judge for yourself below.

"Out Of Respect For The Dead" will be released through Century Media Records in October. More album details and news to be revealed soon. The Grave lineup consists of:

Ola Lindgren - guitars, vocals
Mika Lagrén - guitars
Tobias Cristiansson - bass, vocals
Ronnie Bergerstål - drums More...

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Entombed A.D. Announces Tour With Grave

Entombed A.D. is teaming up with label mates Grave to announce an extensive European tour. So buckle up and prepare for pandemic death metal rage across Europe this fall!

Dates are available below, and you can also hear the new Entombed A.D. song "Bedlam Attack" at this location.

18-09-14 DE Berlin @ K17
19-09-14 NL Tilburg @ 013
20-09-14 NL Amstelveen @ P60
21-09-14 BE Kortrijk @ De kreun
22-09-14 DE Wiesbaden @ Schlachthof
23-09-14 DE Nurnberg @ Rockfabrik
24-09-14 DE Köln @ Gebaude 9
25-09-14 FR Paris @ Divan du Monde
26-09-14 CH Lyss @ Carnage Feast
27-09-14 FR Toulouse @ Dynamo
28-09-14 SP Barcelona @ apollo2
29-09-14 SP Madrid @ Shoko
30-09-14 SP Bilbao @ Sonora
01-10-14 FR Cannes @ MJC Picaud
02-10-14 DE Trier @ Ex Haus
03-10-14 DE Essen @ Turock
04-10-14 DE München @ Feierwerk
05-10-14 IT Brescia @ Circolo Colony
06-10-14 SI Ljubljana @ Gala Hala
07-10-14 BH Sarajevo @ Club Sloga
08-10-14 RS Belgrad @ Dom Omladine
09-10-14 MK Skopje @ TBA
10-10-14 BU Sofia @ Club RBF
11-10-14 RO Bucharest @ Romanian Trash Metal Fest
12-10-14 HU Budapest @ Dürer Kert
13-10-14 AT Graz @ Explosiv
14-10-14 AT Vienna @ Viper Room
15-10-14 CZ Ostrava @ Barrak
16-10-14 SK Kosice @ Collosseum
17-10-14 PL Cracov @ Fabryka
18-10-14 PL Poznan @ Eskulap
19-10-14 PL Gdansk @ B90 More...

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Century Media Co-Owner Passes Away

Oliver Withöft, co-owner of independent record label Century Media, passed away on January 20th, 2014 after falling ill several months ago. He was 49. Robert Kampf, Century Media founder, comments:

"I have lost my best friend of 32 years and my business partner of 24. Although the unthinkable already happened three days ago, I am still in a state of utter shock. Oliver Withöft leaves a space that cannot be filled for all who held him dear. He was a tremendous father, husband, son and friend and will be terribly missed. I will always treasure him in my heart as the witty, brilliant and altogether great person he was. Farewell Oliver, see you on the other side and in our next life."

The following press release was also issued by Century Media:

"Born in Dortmund, Germany in 1964, Withöft studied linguistics, business and history in both Germany and the UK. Robert Kampf started Century Media Records 25 years ago simply to create a suitable label home for his own band, Despair. He was looking for a trustworthy and strong partner to lead the company with and found this person in his best friend and fellow musician Oliver Withöft, who joined the company eighteen months later, sharing the same love and passion for music, and metal in particular. Since that very day, these two friends developed one of the most important independent record labels on the planet. Today the company has around 100 people on payroll in Dortmund, London, Los Angeles, Berlin, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Melbourne and the Netherlands.

"A lot of musical careers were developed over the years: Lacuna Coil, Shadows Fall, Suicide Silence, In This Moment, Otherwise, Iced Earth, Die Broilers, Arch Enemy and Heaven Shall Burn are just a few of them. Century Media became a brand name recognized across the world. Oliver Withöft was always the strategic, legal and financial mind behind the organization. He was not only a strong fighter for the company, but also a very intelligent and forward-thinking leader. When the music industry drastically changed in the '90s, he was the first to think about new ways to adapt to the needs and challenges of the rapidly-changing market. We have lost a great man with an amazing sense of humor, a warrior, and an overall very human being. Oliver leaves behind a wife, Judith, and their three daughters." More...

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Primate Announces New Tour Dates

The hardcore punk pirates in Primate have locked down a Winter assault on the South Pacific this January, with a week-and-a-half of soiling venues across Japan, Australia, and New Zealand now on the calendar.

Also joining the invasion will be Portland's crossover thrashers Wehrmacht and legendary Swedish death metal assassins, Grave.

1/07/2014 Pangea - Osaka, Japan
1/08/2014 Unit - Tokyo, Japan
1/10/2014 Hi-Fi - Brisbane, Australia
1/11/2014 Hi-Fi - Sydney, Australia
1/12/2014 The Bendigo Hotel - Melbourne, Australia
1/14/2014 The Hi-Fi - Melbourne, Australia
1/16/2014 The Brisbane Hotel - Hobart, Australia
1/17/2014 Enigma - Adelaide, Australia
1/18/2014 Civic Hotel - Perth, Australia
1/20/2013 The King's Arms - Auckland, New Zealand

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Grave Posts Lyric Video For New Track "Venial Sin"

Swedish death metal act Grave posted a lyric video for the new track "Venial Sin." The song appears on the upcoming new EP "Morbid Ascent," which is scheduled for release on August 17th in North America and August 19th in Europe via Century Media Records.

The track listing for "Morbid Ascent" is:

1. Venial Sin
2. Morbid Ascent
3. Possessed (Satyricon cover)
4. Epos (Risen from the Tomb Remix)
5. Reality of Life

Check out "Venial Sin"

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Obscene Extreme Festival Running Order Revealed

There are only two weeks remaining in the countdown to the extreme metal gathering - Obscene Extreme Fest!

On July 3rd, Obscene Extreme kicks off at Trutnov Battlefield, Czech Republic, with the "Freak Festival" from 2pm and will include the annual and one of a kind Olymfreak Games. At 9PM the live events begins with the festival's "Doom Fest" headlined by Hooded Menace.

From Thursday the 4th to Saturday the 6th, the tempo turns up significantly and will see bands such as Napalm Death, Cryptopsy, Exhumed, Krisiun, Grave, Aborted and Anaal Nathrakh take to the stage.

Tickets can be purchased here and the running order is available below.

Wednesday 3rd July 2013
14.00 - ????? FREAK FESTIVAL
21.00 - 21.45 EVOKEN
22.00 - 23.00 ESOTERIC
23.15 - 00.15 HOODED MENACE

Thursday 4th July 2013
14.30 - 14.50 APE UNIT
15.00 - 15.20 MORKHIMMEL
15.30 - 15.55 GRAVEYARD
16.05 - 16.30 PERFECITIZEN
16.40 - 17.05 ANTIGAMA
17.15 - 17.40 CHAPEL OF DISEASE
17.50 - 18.20 USURPRESS
18.30 - 19.00 FUCK THE FACTS
19.10 - 19.40 FLESHLESS
19.50 - 20.20 AHUMADO GRANUJO
20.30 - 21.00 DESECRATION
21.10 - 21.50 MALIGNANT TUMOUR
23.00 - 00.00 CRYPTOPSY
00.15 - 01.00 HELL SHOW
01.00 - Till Exhaustion… Karaoké Müstach Bar - Beer Tents More...

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Obscene Extreme Comments On World Tour

This year marks 15 years of Obscene Extreme and to celebrate the occasion the organizers of the festival decided to go all out in extreme style by hosting an additional three festivals in three additional continents.

Over the last few months Obscene Extreme has appeared in Mexico City - Mexico, Jakarta - Indonesia, and Melbourne - Australia. There has been much success but also some failures and after some time at home to reflect on the adventure the man behind the whole idea, Curby, has spoken about the experience on the run up to the final Obscene Extreme Festival in Czech Republic this July:

"Hello freaks!!! This is Curby/obscene... I believe that you our loyal OEF fans have followed us on our tour so you probably know what happened but for those who haven't I would like to sum up our first ever OEF World tour. When I was pondering over our plans for the World tour I was really full of enthusiasm (and actually I still am). I hoped for something new but our first world volume was a really tough game, not only financially but also emotionally. It's very difficult to understand how big differences are between Europe, Mexico and Indonesia... I knew it would be different, but so much? What can you do if you pay everything in advance as in Mexico and people don't work at all? Not much... when you read my statements for every continent, you`ll understand me... More...

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Final Bands Announced for Barge To Hell Cruise

The Barge To Hell is just days away from departure and final band announcements are being made. The cruise sets sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and returns on Friday, December 7th, 2012.

Just announced are Novembers Doom, Vital Remains, Brujeria and underground acts Abiotic, Zanthropya Ex, and Dark Sermon. The organizers also report that both the German and Canadian incarnations of Necronomicon will be in attendance.

With the announcement comes some bad news that Six Feet Under has had to cancel their appearance due to a scheduling conflict with their studio and needing to have their new album delivered in time.

You can still book a trip on the Barge To Hell.

The lineup is as follows: More...

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Exodus And More Confirmed For Barge To Hell

The organizers of the Barge To Hell cruise have issued the following announcement about confirming Exodus, Seita, Havok, and Necronomicon:

"Let the world-wide EXODUS for BARGE TO HELL begin! Paying tribute to their global customer base, they've also added: SEITA from Brazil and The Netherlands, HAVOK from the USA, NECRONOMICON from Germany and HEADCRUSHER from Colombia!

"Barge To Hell's customer service team is working around the clock to get everything ready for those that are booked to perform online check-in. Booked passengers can expect to receive their online check-in invitation on Monday.

"The madness begins on December 3rd, when 40 of the most extreme Metal Bands and 2,000 headbangers from all over the world will go to the Caribbean to take over a luxury cruise ship for a 5 day and 4 night trip to the undead! See each of the 40 bands play two live shows on two different days. That's 80 shows with unrestricted festival access to the three stages, each with it's own unique atmosphere:

- The luxurious 'A Chorus Line' theater where they spare no expense to have the benches removed on the floor. Because at a Metal show, who actually wants assigned seating in front of the stage?

- The cozy 'Spectrum' that gives you the real club feeling.

- And their jewel: The open air stage on the pool deck. The biggest festival stage to sail the Oceans.

"You can also get all your memorabilia signed at the Meet & Greet sessions. Be part of their infamous Metal Karaoke and many other special activities with the Artists. And last, but not least: Don't forget that they have bars on board that never close! What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done."

The following 35 bands have now been confirmed: More...

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Grave, Bonded By Blood Confirmed For Barge To Hell

Departing in less than a month, two more bands have been announced for the Barge to Hell: Grave and Bonded By Blood. The Barge to Hell sets sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and returns on Friday, December 7th, 2012.

The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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