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ALL WE DESTROY

Grayceon

 

Experimental/Post Metal

3.67 | 28 ratings

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EatThatPhonebook
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3 stars 6/10

"All We Destroy" is a bit disappointing but still a decent and original metal album.

Grayceon is a band I've wanted to check out for a while. I'm glad I did. 'All We Destroy' is their third album, and it seems like it's being recognized as their best so far, put in comparison to their 2007 self titled debut and their sophomore effort 'This Grand Show'. But 'All We Destroy' wasn't as good as I thought it would be, honestly.

Grayceon's sound is one of the most original in the modern progressive metal scene: the band has three members, Max Doyle on guitars and vocals, Zack Farwell on drums and Jackie Perez Gratz on electric cello and vocals, which is definitely the most noticeable original element of Grayceon's music. Since the instruments are three, the sound here is not at all huge, but very reserved and closed up. There are no wall of sounds, no gigantic riffs (despite the music is somewhat influenced by Sludge Metal), and this is a low point for me. Also, the electric cello ma turn some people off, like it did with me in a few moments. The production is a little rough, but what is impeccable is the mixing , especially concerning the drums, that sound so precise and sharp, in a way that I've never heard before. The vocals though are a little lazy sounding at times, but in others, especially when Gratz really takes it out, it gives a very unique tone.

The album has some low and high points; 'Dreamer Deceived' has a very dramatic and tense atmosphere, 'Shellmounds' is more haunting and calm. The seventeen minute 'We Can' has some great moments as well, even though sometimes a little forgettable. Some slower songs are more present in the second half of the album, starting with 'Once A Shadow', and ending with 'War's End', two decent songs. 'A Road Less Travelled' is more like the first half of the album, more energetic and forceful.

An album that didn't exactly capture me, but they're some moments here that I keep coming back to. Whoever like their progressive metal to have some original and different elements is welcome to check this out.

EatThatPhonebook | 3/5 |

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