Nowadays, old school Swedish death metal is a definite, “iconic” style to most extreme metal fans, thanks to the success of historical bands such as Carnage, Entombed, Dismember, Grave, Edge of Sanity, early Opeth, early At the Gates and some more recent retro acts such as Bloodbath and Feral. Obviously Feral isn’t certainly an unknown act, since they’re considered as an important name, but some more recognition would be appreciated. "Welcome To The Graveyard" features the typical “chainsaw-like” guitar sound that's common between tons of bands. The awesome artwork is already very inviting as well, and what you’re gonna find beyond isn’t certainly less worthy.The best thing I can say about this band is that how all these ideas are mixed up together. Every song is a long, gloomy, mysterious gallery of different riffs, melodies and atmospheres, all perfectly concatenated together in a coherent way, through ambitious yet majestically successful constructions. When the first track opens the cassette, you know that something big is going on here, very original and remarkable riffs. On the other hand, the tremolo stuff is often rotten and ugly, in the classic death metal sense. However, it’s no coincidence if the riffage shines particularly when the band tends to experiment with typical old school Swedish melodies. In the end, “Welcome To The Graveyard” is an important piece of Swedish death metal, definitely essential if you want to understand the true nature of this genre. Death Metal rules!!
Review by Paul Caravasi