Review: The Graviators — Motherload

Rated:

3/5

After years spent toiling in Swedish obscurity, The Graviators put themselves on the international stoner/doom map with their 2012 single “Häxagram,” the infectious stomp-rocker centerpiece of their second album, Evil Deeds. Stuffed with bong-rattling grooves, heavy ’70s guitar action, and vintage organ riffs, Motherload doesn’t deliver anything quite as catchy as “Häxagram,” but it’s still a solid slab of Scandinavian thunder. Vocalist Niklas Sjöberg’s memorable wail recalls that of Sheavy singer Steve Hennessey, but meandering Deep Purple-esque instrumental passages undercut the band’s anthemic potential. J. BENNETT

Check out “Narrow Minded Bastards” from Motherload.