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Unholy

by My Own Grave

Swedish Death Metal
Genre: Metal/Punk: Death Metal
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1. Buried
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2. Above The Weak
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3. Beneath Dark Waves
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4. God Forbid
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5. Cross After Cross
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
MY OWN GRAVE was founded in April 2001 in Timrå by Anders Härén, Max Bergman and John Henriksson.
They released four self-produced demos before signing with Karmageddon Media (DISMEMBER) in 2004.
The debut album "Unleash" was recorded in Studio Necromorbus (WATAIN, MÖRK GRYNING) and engineered by Widda (DEMONICAL, DIABOLICAL). Unleash featured a death/thrash sound with black metal influences and was released in 2006.

The same year Karmageddon Media went out of business and MY OWN GRAVE recorded the mini-album "Unholy" and signed a deal with Pulverised Records (AMON AMARTH, KRISIUN, DISSECTION) and went on a European tour supporting black metal legends SETHERIAL. Unholy which was released in April 2007, featured a different style as MY OWN GRAVE had evolved towards pure death metal. It is also darker than its precursor, both musically and lyrically as the whole album mocks the hypocrisy of organized religion. MY OWN GRAVE did some touring in the spring of 2007, both supporting GOD AMONG INSECTS and VITAL REMAINS, before starting to writing on their upcoming album "Necrology".

Unholy is an important album for MY OWN GRAVE in two ways. It took the band in a different musical direction and helped them define their own sound, a sound that could later be heard on Necrology. Also, they were finally accepted by the critics and got incredible reviews including winning the prestigious Soundcheck competition in Close-Up Magazine, May 2007. Here are some of the grades for Unholy:

10 / 10 - Neckbreaker Webzine
5 / 5 - Burning Misery
5 / 5 - Eternal Terror
9.5 / 10 - Living For Metal
9 / 10 - S.O.D. Magazine
90 / 100 - Lords Of Metal
9 / 10 - MetalGlory Webzine
9 / 10 - Nocturnal Hall
8,5 / 10 - Terrorizer Magazine
6 / 7 - Earshot Webzine
8,5 / 10 - The Metal Observer
12 / 13 - Schwermetall
7,5 / 10 - BLABBERMOUTH
8,4 / 10 - Taste-Of-Black
4 / 5 - MetalEarth
4 / 5 - Metal Crypt
82 / 100 - NederMetaal
8 / 10 - Global Domination
8 / 10 - BloodChamber Webzine
8 / 10 - Death Domain
8/10 - Chronicles Of Chaos
8 / 10 - Metal Mayhem
8 / 10 - Imperiumi Webzine
7,5 / 10 - Beat The Blizzard
7 / 10 - Close-Up Magazine
4,5 / 6 Metal Review Webzine
82 / 100 - Metal Revolution
79 / 100 - MetalStorm Webzine
72 / 100 - Blackfuel E-zine
7 / 10 - Metal.de
7,5 / 10 - Darkness.de Webzine
7,6 / 10 - MetalBite
70 / 100 - Metallian
7+ / 10 - Archaic Metallurgy

Unholy MCD
Review by David Horn for S.O.D Magazine
(Issue #25, 2007)

As the low-tuned guitars assault your eardrums on the opening track of "Unholy" from MY OWN GRAVE, you are "Buried" in the punishing assault. This is Blackened Death Metal of the highest magnitude as tracks like "Beneath The Waves" and "God Forbid" burst as the seams with fresh, howling riffs, crisp drumwork and menacing, harsh vocal assaults. The production on "Unholy" is stellar, making every second of this fast-paced affair a micro explosion of terror. Killer, creepy cover art shows the duality of existence, as life and death are but minor images of the same descent into nothingness. Fans of the extreme can't go wrong with this one.

Grade: 9 / 10

Unholy MCD
Review by GE for Terrorizer Magazine
(Issue #162, Sept 2007)

Within a few seconds of opener 'Buried', it's abundantly clear that My Own Grave are a genuinely fearsome proposition and one of the strongest death metal bands to emerge from Sweden in years. Put simply, this is supremely confident and classic-sounding death metal, a pitiless tirade of slamming blasts and groove-heavy malevolence that nods to Deicide, 'Human'-era Death, Vader and early Unleashed. Most importantly, they play with utmost conviction and ferocity, making it nigh-on impossible to avoid their vicious undertow.
Grade: 8,5 / 10

Unholy MCD
Review by Leimy for Neckbreaker Webzine
(2007-07-25)
Translated by: DeathMetalRaver

Wow, what an opener. Directly after the first riff and the forward pressing drums of the double bass it's instantly clear what awaits you: Old school Sweden Death of the finest, that you nearly can't play any better.
Alone, the first song "Buried" is an first-class example for "Elk-Death" of the 90's without frills. Such a genious new-interpretation of old-school I haven't been blessed to hear since Bloodbath, I'm really delighted.

The five Swedes, who released their second release with this EP, know where to go and fade away a little bit from the Thrash Metal that played a bigger role on their debut (at least in the songs offered at their Homepage: www.myowngrave.com). I support this choice cause the Death Metal style fits the dudes a lot better i.m.o. Track two "Above the weak" continues the style of the opener and mixes at its beginning the Sweden parts with some "Vader-like" parts, to be soon after pure norsk Death Metal again. Hear and there shine some genius solos and thrash-passages that should animate every Death Metaller to banging.

With the hauling starting, ultra-evil third song "Beneath dark waves" they demonstrate that they can also be pretty brutal with a locked handbreak, even if blastbeats shine throu here and there. The next song "God forbid" offers typical Florida riffs, that not rarely remind of Monstrosity and alikes, and is also underlined by fat blastbeats. Loosened by diverse, melodical midtempo-passages this song is nothing less than another Death-Metal masterpiece.

The last song, "Cross after cross" could also be from Bloodbath and when the melody of the beautiful lead-guitar starts in the middle-part of the song, every Sweden-death-maniac's gonna turn insane. At last due to the cold blast-beats and some nag-singing a little black-Metal feeling appears, which lifts the song on an even higher level. And after a genius break comes the angry furiousnous, which blows everything away and sets the worthy end of this genius EP.

As you are able to see, I can't stop praising this, without any doubt. I would even go so far and put this record on one level with the masterpiece "Breding Death". For me one of the surprises of the year. Even this year's Sweden-death highlights from Evocation, Demonical or Vomitory hardly match this, cause everything is absolutely right here. A good dose of melodies, blastbeats, midtempo, genius songwriting, a fat production, a cool logo and espacially a capable and varied singer who's able to deep-growl and also manage nasty nagging.

Everyone who by a far stretch likes Demonical, Bloodbath, Paganizer, Ribspreader, Evocation Kaamos, Entombed, Incapacity or Grave needs to get this secret tip. I can do no other due to the geniusity of the Swedes and give the highest grade...

Grade: 10 / 10


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Anders

Blabbermouth review
Nasty, gnarly, ragged, and jagged, "Unholy" by Sweden's MY OWN GRAVE is the sound of vintage Swedish death metal (i.e. bullshit-free and burnt to a crisp). Hardly inventive, but oh so well played, the only attribute worth bitching about is the short running time: 16 minutes (five songs), but that's hardly a problem when the scythes cut deep and the blood flows like a river. The carnage on this one is rather tasty.

It is quite simple: "Unholy" begins speeding down the tracks with crunching riffs and demonic growls (punctuated with evil shrieks) and continues for the duration of the album. A guitar tone that is dangerously sharp and a pummeling rhythm section make the attack that much more lethal. Though "melodic" is not a term that comes to mind, the songs are not totally devoid of tunefulness either. You may not be humming happily to little ditties like "Buried", but the songs do not blur to together from one track to the next either, providing the listener with something to remember and a hankerin' to go back and do it all over again. Dive bomb solos and blistering leads add lots of spice to the relentless bludgeoning as well.

Singapore's Pulverised Records always seem to release pleasant surprises like MY OWN GRAVE's "Unholy", which just goes to show that the underground still has a lot to offer the discerning extreme metal fan. If you are looking for a quick death metal fix, it would be hard to go wrong with "Unholy".

Tre Winchester

Pretty Metal
It is pretty short but it goes at full force the entire way. It is thrashy and death combined into a pretty good combination. If you like Amon Amarth or any of the heavier melodeath this a great buy. 8.5