Grayceon
Pearl & The End of Days


4.0
excellent

Review

by Andrew Gold CONTRIBUTOR (59 Reviews)
February 10th, 2013 | 76 replies | 7,336 views


Release Date: 02/12/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Grayceon continue to push genre boundaries as far as they can

Coalescing the genres of progressive metal, doom, and post-metal and fit with a cellist in the place of a bassist, it’s safe to say that Grayceon refuse to stay in a comfort zone. It’s pretty impressive how on the three of their LPs, none of their musical endeavors came across as sloppy no matter how risky they might’ve been on paper. The progressive title would likely make new listeners cautious due to its horribly overstated stereotypes that I don’t need to get into, of which Grayceon pick the most appealing aspects to use in their music with no superfluous noodling to be found. All of their songs since their 2007 self-titled debut are cleverly crafted to avoid being repetitive while still keeping underlying themes present throughout the entirety of their 10+ minutes and effortlessly pushing the genres’ boundaries as far as they can in the process. Pearl & The End of Days continues their ambitious ever-evolving sound in the form of 27 minutes of genre defining metal brilliance.

Unlike a fair share of post-metal releases, Pearl & The End of Days never drags during its runtime. Even in the slower sections, the music is always building to something; whether it’s a chorus or a wonderfully placed cello lead, the music is constantly moving forward giving the listener something to cling to at any given moment. ‘The End of Days,’ clocking in at a modest 17 minutes, seems like it would be a prime contender for an overly ambitious experiment that doesn’t quite come together as it should, but its structured in such a way that its abundance of ideas overlap into each other flawlessly. E.g. anytime it feels like it’s getting too repetitive, it changes; anytime it feels like it’s getting monotonous, it changes time signatures. It constantly keeps the listener on their toes and challenges their attention span throughout the entire 17 minutes. Opener ‘Pearl’ is almost as impressive, having heavy neoclassical influences in the verses before diving into a The Ocean-esque cello driven bridge. Yet as melodically fruity as the EP gets, it does have its fair share of dark moments, particularly the morose intro of ‘The End of Days.’ It sets up the atmosphere of the rest of the song perfectly so that even during its most uplifting times, a dense bleakness is lingering in the background, harkening back at their post-metal roots whilst simultaneously fiddling around with other genres like it’s nobodies business.

One minor issue I have with Pearl & The End of Days is the production, specifically the electronic cello tone. It sounds a bit too electronic at times and it gets distracting when the cello is the focus, which happens quite a lot. Also the cello, being the low end of the sound, doesn’t hold the mix together as well as it did on previous efforts. Maybe it’s due to the odd effect, but the doomy sections just feel like they’re lacking something. You would expect a dense, monolithic sound but you’re left with a relatively thin aura of individual instruments playing at the same time. However this sort of plays out to their advantage since, more often than not, each instrument is playing intertwined counter melodies and the production prevents them from blending muddily into each other.

If nothing else, Pearl & The End of Days proves that Grayceon are far from done. They’ve progressed this far without selling out and improving many songwriting inconsistencies they’ve had in the past. Grayceon demonstrated on All We Destroy that they are a continuously evolving band, and while Pearl & The End of Days isn’t necessarily the biggest leap forward, it’s their way of showing their fans they still have the same fiery ambition they had six years ago and it’s not going out any time soon.



Recent reviews by this author
Green Day DemoliciousLacuna Coil Broken Crown Halo
Neuraxis ImageryRingworm Hammer of the Witch
Creepoid CreepoidMudvayne Lost and Found
user ratings (20)
Chart.
3.5
great

Comments:Add a Comment 
Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 9th 2013



19507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Stream: http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2013/02/stream_grayceon.html

Digging: Cult Leader - Nothing for Us Here

YankeeDudel
February 9th 2013



9290 Comments


not bad for once ins sounds kinda cool.

kinda

Digging: Shape of Broad Minds - Craft of the Lost Art

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 9th 2013



19507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

For once Yankee makes a useful post.

oh wait....

GiaNXGX
February 9th 2013



4867 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

listened to this the other day while browsing metalsucks, didn't impressed me 2.3/5

YankeeDudel
February 9th 2013



9290 Comments


rection just listen to phantomsmasher and be done with it

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 9th 2013



19507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Is that the alt/prog metal band? Or am I thinking of something else

YankeeDudel
February 9th 2013



9290 Comments


nah everyone knows they're experimental psychedelic cybergrind

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijupEdjRqQo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT5hbv-6I74

sixdegrees
February 9th 2013



15727 Comments


kinda burned out on post-metal so I prob won't be getting this

Digging: TIMO DA LEGEND - molsom love/my life

Wizard
February 9th 2013



18761 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

These guys could be so great but I feel they're missing something.

Digging: Triptykon - Melana Chasmata

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
February 9th 2013



5923 Comments


Oh sweet, didn't know these guys had a new one coming out. I remember they used to be pretty good, might have to check this out.

BallsToTheWall
February 9th 2013



44164 Comments


Last album was great, excited to hear this.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 9th 2013



19507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@six I wouldn't really call them post metal. I mean they kinda are but in the same way as The Ocean is.

That's how I see it at least. Wiz could probably explain it better

CaptainDooRight
February 9th 2013



26376 Comments


interesting Pos'd. Gotta check it

Digging: Deniro Farrar - The Patriarch II

CaptainDooRight
February 9th 2013



26376 Comments


bro this is wild, cool stuff gotta jam more

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 9th 2013



19507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks capt! If you like this you should def check out their other stuff too. The End of Days is their best song though imo

BallsToTheWall
February 9th 2013



44164 Comments


How's this compare to the previous album in terms of quantity?

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 9th 2013



19507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well this has only two songs but one is 10 min and the other is 17 min long. I think of it as a more compact version of All We Destroy

CaptainDooRight
February 9th 2013



26376 Comments


def will thanks pras

Cygnatti
February 9th 2013



19970 Comments


read the title as Glaceon

is now disappointed

Digging: Lo-Fang - Blue Film

BallsToTheWall
February 9th 2013



44164 Comments


I just want to know if the songwriting is on par.



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2013 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy