Grey Skies Fallen – The Many Sides Of Truth (2014) – What we’ve got here sounded at first like a post-prog metal act quite comparable to Junius, but that changed without warning. At midway through the first track, “Ritual Of The Exiter 9:45” came in with blazing black metal drums and harsh vocal elements that the first portion of the song could’ve never foreshadowed, followed by some crunchy doom and prophetic synths. It’s an intriguing mixture in all actuality, which takes a slight interlude in the electronic mist of “Unroot Transparent Being 2:53” and continues to dazzle in the bombast of “The Flame 7:10.” Harsh, yet melancholic vocals continue throughout this track, accompanied by a bit of melodic gloom and a definite bite of black metal. So already, that makes three different sides of the band in a little less than twenty minutes. There’s of course, an atmosphere to break up the monotony (but these things are really getting monotonous in themselves, it’s starting to feel like nearly ever band with a track longer than five minutes has to implement some sort of soft acoustic part) and that atmosphere continues to the end of the track. “Of The Ancients 6:32” begins with piano, yet also adds a bit of an industrial feel in the percussion section which ultimately makes it unique from the material offered before. The vocals turn back into clean as doom riffs now bellow forth from the armory. There’s definitely a death/doom thing going on here, as gothic keyboards and My Dying Bride riffs take the stage. The next interlude begins with “Isolation Point 2:43” which is surprisingly bright and beautiful, definitely contrasting the mood of the previous number by a mile. “End Of My Rope 7:16” however, tries to elicit the same death/doom style as “Of The Ancients” but it does it in a more modern way that doesn’t sound genuine. These guys sound too much like inexperienced kids on this track and I hope they don’t ever choose to pursue this style any further. What in the hell were they thinking? Clearly, from the material that I’ve been offered already; these guys are far better than the first four minutes of this. They do try some intriguing progressive sections in the middle, and wrap up into another atmosphere which brings with it a much brighter and more mature section. That’s perfectly fine, but why begin it with such immaturity? The album ends with the light acoustic of “Winter Hand 1:35.” I think it’s a good place to close the album and seems to suffice well enough.
Grey Skies Fallen can be anything they want, whether it be post-prog, experimental black metal, doom/death or even funeral doom. They even attempted a more modern sound here, which doesn’t work so well for me as I’ve mentioned. Regardless of all that, the band show that they’ve got an incredible amount of talent and enough experience to pull off something groundbreaking. As long as they leave the modern stuff alone. If you can find this album, definitely give these guys a shot. You might really be surprised and that’s enough for me to recommend it.