Grayceon: Pearl and the End of Days EP (Flenser, 2/12/13)
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.”
12 thoughts on “MP3 Premiere: Grayceon’s “Pearl,” a riff-driven string-sludge epic”
This is so rad! This encompasses everything I love about thoughtful, heavy music. Thanks for sharing!
love this band.
Amazing, thank you!
Amazed yet again, really looking forward to grabbing a copy and experiencing these songs live at the next given opportunity.
Glad to hear new music from Grayceon! Just pre ordered the Vinyl. Love the music, art, and everything about this band.
the most brilliant band of the last 20 years.
Thanks for the sneak peak. Can’t wait to get the album.
This is some of the most dynamic metal I’ve ever heard. Truly a treat for a fan of heartfelt, expansive, and most importantly versatile heavy music.
Couldn’t agree more. That was pretty impressive.