Grey Skies Fallen
Tomorrow's In Doubt


4.5
superb

Review

by Seth T. White (Cravinov13) USER (61 Reviews)
May 4th, 2007 | 34 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: WARNING: Fanboy rant. Written entirely for the purpose of intriguing readers enough to give this band a shot and see if my rant is not at least a bit called for.

Grey Skies Fallen is a rather unknown progressive melodic death metal band from New York. The band’s style is very difficult to describe, this is because there is no other band that could be compared to them (except maybe Opeth, since they play on a similar premises, but even then it’s difficult to compare). The guitars are marvelous, delivering elegant melodies with sweeping guitar solos and crushing atmospheres with heavy riffage. The keyboards standout more then almost all the other instruments in melody and atmosphere. The bass is audible, and well played at that, giving nice grooves to the songs and even dishing out a solo of it’s own every so often. The drums are amazingly fast and precise, and do not fail to deliver brutality or to add rhythm to the breakdowns. The vocals are the most interesting though, considering the singer’s voice parallels Sully Erna of Godsmack (only he growls, and has a much better, more powerful singing voice). But don’t let the minor Godsmack comparison throw you off, because I seem to be the only one who thinks that out of my friends and even then it’s not a bad thing at all.

Without Words, the intro track to Tomorrow's In Doubt, begins with a very smooth keyboard soundscape and misleads the listener into a sense of harmonic melancholy as the synths are add. The music then intensifies as the drums come in and the atmosphere thickens with the synths. The track bleeds into The Essence Of Motion, which bursts into an arsenal of blast beats and heavy riffage with quick ‘interludes of keyboard and slower riffs. The vocals then kick in and prove to be versatile in the harsh death rasps. The guitars then lead the track into a sweeping arsenal of flowing progressive melody and brutality as the band shows off their talents selflessly. The song has a very dynamic guitar and vocal aura to it, but the drums are a big standout on the track as well. The track also shows a more groove orientated side of the band.

The third song, Dream The Day Away, is another heavy hitter, kicking off with heavy guitar riffs and roaring vocals. The song has an overall heavier atmosphere in it, even with the presence of dream-esque synths near the mid-beginning. The big standout is the amazing usage of a flute in the breakdown halfway through the 7 and a half minute long song (it’s probably still synths but it’s definitely a flute tone). The song is easily one of the most notable on the album. The album titled track, Tomorrow's In Doubt, takes the cake as the album’s greatest hit (although it really is hard to give this album a top three best songs list). The song is impossible to describe all the way through, since so much goes on in the 10 minutes it’s on. The song ranges from heavy grooves, sweeping vocal and guitar melodies, a bass solo, and amazing keyboard performances. Upon finishing this song, I literally had to listen to again right away just to comprehend how amazed I was by this band’s art (and on a side note, it shocks me even more that this band is not a full time or extremely popular by any means, which is a shame cause they deserve the fame almost as much as Opeth does). Again, I am left speechless with the dynamics and balance of this song.

Silent Cry does not fail to live up to the previous track, starting off with some drum ad bass grooves, the song progresses into some heavy death riffs and synths that give the song a much more gothic atmosphere then the previous. The song also has one of the better guitar solos backing up it’s arsenal of sonic attacks. Let Me Breathe is easily the most emotional track on the album, and still stands strong as a dynamic. more melodic song overall. The song has some very powerful riffs and great bass undertones as well as synth work. Not my favorite track, but still an amazing song at that.

The opening synth/ guitar grooves of Fragments lets you know early on that Grey Skies Fallen plans to end the album with a bang. The song is one of the most solid and dynamic tracks on the album and competes for the top 3 best songs. The song has some of the most heaviest moments on Tomorrow's In Doubt, and also some of the most melodic. Overall it has a great range and is a perfect track to listen to to get into this band. The final piece on the album is the instrumental Reduced To Ash, which is hands down the most beautiful song on the album. From the keyboard intro to the atmospheric synths to the smooth drum lines to the amazing guitar work, this song has it all, and honestly would be less amazing if vocals were present (not to say it wouldn’t still be amazing). As the song ends, you’ll say to yourself “Why the hell aren't these guys on the front of every magazine in the U.S.?!”. Well, maybe not, but that’s definitely what I said.

NOTE: This album is 100% free and legal to download on the band’s website, as well as their other two releases of slightly less amazingness.



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Cravinov13
May 5th 2007


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Take that conformists of the mainstream media. :p

Tyler
Emeritus
May 5th 2007


7926 Comments


Why are these guys not on the front of every metal magaizine [sic] in the U.S.?!

NOTE: This album is 100% free and legal to download on the band’s website, as well as their other two releases of slightly less amazingness.

That's why.

Cravinov13
May 5th 2007


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Cocaine=reason why I hate this site for the most part.

Might I note the Summary contains a rhetorical question before anyone else deceides to
be a a$$ first hand.This Message Edited On 05.04.07

plane
Staff Reviewer
May 5th 2007


6094 Comments


Meh. Fanboy rant. Really, you have the talent, but try talking about an "amazing" album without coming off so biased.

edit: Acknowledging it doesn't justify it, which is why I brought it up as well.This Message Edited On 05.04.07

Cravinov13
May 5th 2007


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I already admitted to fanboyism in the review. The purpose is for you to check it out
yourself and see if my rant isn't at least a bit justified.

This has been my first actual album review in a long time for this site (and for reasons),
so I'm kinda rusty.This Message Edited On 05.04.07

jrowa001
May 5th 2007


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

good job Crav, youve convinced me to check this out...it sounds promising. ill let you know if i like it

Monticello
May 5th 2007


805 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is indeed a good album.

Otisbum
May 5th 2007


1912 Comments


Sweet, 3 albums for free.

Good review.

jrowa001
May 5th 2007


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

so far its pretty good, i like it

Cravinov13
May 5th 2007


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Please tell me if my fanboyism is not at least a little bit deserving. If not, then I digress.

Dethtrasher
May 5th 2007


2211 Comments


I will probably check this out now when you said it is for free.

Cravinov13
May 5th 2007


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's worth the time to download.

Dethtrasher
May 5th 2007


2211 Comments


Hehe, I guess. Btw Crav, I noticed that the singer from Scar Symmetry is one of your favourite singers at the moment right? Then I recommend that you check out Quest Of Aidance, he does backing vocals. I'm prett sure that you will like that band, read my review about them for more details.

Cravinov13
May 5th 2007


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I prefer Unmoored, which he is the lead vocalist for as well as guitarists.

Riziger
May 5th 2007


316 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i like this album, not too bad at all. then again, opeth is my favourite band.

Shattered_Future
May 6th 2007


1540 Comments


Meh, I downloaded a discography of these guys and none of the tracks remotely interested me at all.

Cravinov13
May 6th 2007


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I would figure it would be too much to handle for you.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
May 6th 2007


17920 Comments


ooooooooo

Cravinov13
May 6th 2007


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I apologize. I'm in a crappy mood and I shouldn't take it out on others.

Cravinov13
May 9th 2007


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

D*mn I love this CD. :p



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