MP3 Premiere: Grayceon’s “Pearl,” a riff-driven string-sludge epic

By Scott Morrow
January 08, 2013

Grayceon: Pearl and the End of DaysGrayceon: Pearl and the End of Days EP (Flenser, 2/12/13)

“Pearl”

Grayceon: “Pearl”

As the art of the full-length grows weaker with the rise of the digital era, 30 minutes of music practically qualifies as a double album for some artists. Not so for cello-metal trio Grayceon, whose upcoming EP Pearl and the End of Days nearly hits a half-hour in just two epic tracks.

Here’s “Pearl,” the first of those two tracks, in its entirety — 10 minutes worth of tension, release, and riffs. Jackie Perez-Gratz’s transformative cello syncs with Max Doyle’s deep guitar licks and Zack Farwell’s double-bass and tom-heavy drumming to cut swaths through the moody intro. Meanwhile, Gratz’s and Doyle’s vocals alternate between delicate and brutal, giving “Pearl” a warmth to pair with the sheer metal aggression.

From Perez-Gratz, regarding the lyrical content:

“We wrote this song when I was pregnant with my daughter, Pearl, who is now just over a year old, but the lyrics came after she was born. It’s about fear and excitement of the unknown, unconditional love, and sound waves having all the power.”

By Scott Morrow January 08, 2013
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