This two track disc from Grey Skies Fallen opens me up into an entirely promising act from the very beginning. The band seem to take a doom-laden approach, but that approach also warms up with both guitar and keyboard melodies, of which truly shine throughout the recording. There’s a harsh vocal sense which seems a bit of a mix between a rasp and a growl, almost seeming double-tracked. Additionally, a clean vocal with a slight southern drawl seems to emanate from the surface as well. I really like the sense of atmosphere that these guys exercise, especially when that atmosphere also includes ridiculously tasty leads and guitar solos which only beef up the product more as a whole. It’s obvious that Grey Skies Fallen are a doom/death band, but they aren’t the kind of doom/death act that hangs on to that approach and doesn’t let go of it. In layman’s terms, that means that there’s some actual musicianship here. It means that these guys took the time to meticulously craft each piece of these songs down, which ultimately gives us a rough, but absolutely amazing listen. From a man who demonstrates in Torii, I can certainly tell you that THIS is how you do it. I just can’t get over the amount of craftsmanship and attention to detail on this thing. It feels like a hulking beast of doom, death and steroids that only seems to get better as the record goes on. Though in that sense, it is kind of depressing as it ended as soon as it began. Earthwalker is definitely commendable, but where’s the rest?
– These gentlemen have had several releases since 1997. If this record seems too short, you can catch up on their back catalog.
(2 Tracks, 13:00)