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Sweden's Graveyard digs into new musical territory on latest album

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The group may be named Graveyard, but it hardly buries its creative ambitions.

The Swedish hard rock group released its fourth album, "Innocence & Decadence," during September, and drummer Axel Sjoberg says the intent was much the same as on its predecessors.

"We always try to make our musical universe a little bit bigger to allow ourselves a different place to write songs and try to still keep things rock 'n' roll but expand at the same time, both softer and heavier -- and weirder," Sjoberg, 35, explains by phone from a tour stop in State College, Pa. That, he notes, was achieved by tracks such as the intense "From a Hole in the Wall," as well as the start, voice-and guitar "Stay For a Song," while group members Jonatan Larocca-Ramm and Truis Morck sing lead on one song each, spelling lead vocalist Joakim Nilsson.

"You sort of die if you do the same thing over and over again," Sjoberg says. "You've got to keep it interesting for yourself, try to evolve and discover new things and have a hunger for the music. If you don't you will probably start to sound bad and get cynical and not like what you're doing, and that'll reflect in the music."

"Innocence and Decadence" also marks the return of Morck to the lineup after a six-year absence, this time playing bass rather than guitar. The reunion was the result of a charity recording shortly after founding bassist Rikard Edlund's departure from the band, and Sjoberg says it's good to have another of the original members back in the lineup.

"He has a different kind of musical thinking, so that shot some new energy into the band," the drummer says. "After Rikard left we thought maybe we'd just have (Morck) come in and play on the demos for the new songs, and he wound up joining the band again, which made us all happy. He's a really sweet person, so it feels awesome to have him back."


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