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My Own Grave is a Swedish Death Metal band founded in April 2001. They released four self-produced demos before signing with Karmageddon Media (ex-Hammerheart) in 2004. The debut album Unleash was recorded in Necromorbus Studio, and produced by Widda (Diabolical, Demonical).
Unleash was released in January 2006, worldwide by Plastic Head, but Karmageddon went out of business and it was never promoted. Since the material on Unleash was a combination of old demo songs, and material written in 2004, My Own Grave decided to start writing for a new album.
In September My Own Grave were offered to tag along with Setherial on their European Tour of December 2006, and since they did not want to tour with their old Unleash material, a decision was made to release the new songs as a mini-album. My Own Grave signed with Pulverised Records, and a limited edition of the upcoming mini-album was printed for the tour.
The five tracks strong mini-album was named Unholy, and changed My Own Grave's sound by moving away from their thrashy roots, towards traditional death metal. Important pieces in this conversion were John's fast blastbeats, Aron's change from screams to deep growling vocals, and an improved musicianship overall. Unholy was once again produced by Widda at Necromorbus Studio
Unholy received critical praise worldwide and was named best album of the month in Close-Up Magazine, issue 92. Til' this day it still holds an average score of 8.3 / 10! Unholy was released in March 2007, and that year My Own Grave toured Sweden and Scandinavia with bands like Vital Remains, and God Among Insects. In April 2008, My Own Grave decided to focus on finishing the new album, not knowing how long it would actually take before the album would be released.
The latest album Necrology, was recorded mostly in My Own Grave's own studio Blastbeat in Sundsvall, in September-November 2008. Mixing and mastering was handled by legend Dan Swanö at Studio Unisound. The amazing cover and booklet artwork was created by Jon Zig whom the band contacted after seeing his work for Suffocation. Both artwork and master was ready for release in March 2009, but logistical trouble arose for Pulverised Records and the album was not released until July 20th 2010. The album was dubbed Necrology, an appropriate title since the lyrical theme is death throughout human history.
Necrology received even better remarks than Unholy, with an average score of 8/10, spanning 50+ reviews and more than 17 countries. In February 2010 My Own Grave joined Deathbound as support for Demonical's European Tour called "Accession To The Throne". After the tour, as announced before it, Stefan Kihlgren left the band to focus on his family. There were no conflicts within the band about his decision and My Own Grave wishes him the best of luck with his new life!
My Own Grave is:
Anders Härén - Guitar, backing vocals
Lars Westberg - Guitar
Mikael "Aron" Aronsson - Vocals
John Henriksson - Drums
Max Bergman - Bass, backing vocals