Grayceon "s/t" CDPosted on Tuesday, February 20th, 2007 @ 8:57am » permalink
Another in a recent string of rather unusual releases from the always unpredictable Vendlus Records is the self-titled debut full-length from Grayceon – a curious San Francisco trio featuring members of Amber Asylum, Giant Squid, and Walken that utilizes just electric cello, guitar, drums, and male/female vocals. The mere four songs herein range in length from four minutes to 20 minutes and explore all kinds of influences – from weird jazzy passages to quirky metal riffing that often winds all over the place through some oddball "math rock" sorts of rhythmic twists. And of course there are lots of somber yet intricate clean melodies as well, while the generally sparse vocals range from soft to loosely operatic singing styles to shouting to monotone half-speaking. The recording's great as well, and perfectly accentuates the space between the instruments with a nice sense of warmth and clarity, so you can really get a feel for how the musicians are interacting with one another and pick up on some of the more technical aspects of the playing. Cool stuff.
Thankfully unrelated to the music itself, and I hate to go there, believe me, but the only thing about the record that I absolutely fucking hate is that under the CD tray is a completely random photo of the band members dressed up wearing wigs and holding beers – looking like a bunch of hippie fuckin' grunge loser funk metal idiots or something – referred to on their MySpace page as their "hesher alter egos". This is a completely stupid decision that totally clashes with everything else about the album (including the otherwise tactfully simple layout printed entirely in metallic silver ink). At least they went to the trouble of making the tonality of the photos match the visual aesthetic of the rest of the packaging, but… why!? I mean, what the hell does that goofy shit have to do with the serious tone of this music? Nothing! Stupid, stupid, unnecessary move. So annoying. Bands, please, don't do shit like that. Please.
Okay, end rant.
You know how it goes. Buy it if you like it: