San Francisco progressive metal trio Grayceon unveil their latest Translation Loss Records offering, ‘IV’ at Noisey ahead of their Friday, May 18th release date. Stream ‘IV’ in full HERE
Artwork by Pelham Houchin III
The San Francisco/Bay Area has long been regarded as a key hub for cultural diversity and liberated artistic creativity, so it comes as no surprise to observe an ambitious group such as GRAYCEON
rise from the crux of this nerve center and truly flourish. Over the course of 12 years, four proper full-lengths and one EP, this trio comprised of little more than one guitar, one cello, and one set of drums has managed to tackle the full spectrum of heavy music’s extensive clutch of emotions. Pummeling sludgy metal quickly carves into fiery post-punk that’s knotted within epic experimental rock, and it’s all blanketed with the additional allure of ample use of mellow stretches to fully round out the pattern. Words such as “enterprising,” “unconventional” and “dynamic” have all been utilized in an attempt to encapsulate the band’s overall design, but the absolute consensus remains: GRAYCEON
thrives as a splendid anomaly amongst an ever-increasing sea of peers. GRAYCEON
continues to hammer forward and deliver in spades for those who thoroughly enjoy being challenged by a truly progressive band.
For their fourth full-length, GRAYCEON invoke eight new tracks of cello-lead grooving doom, shape-shifting vocals, dynamically masterful riffs, and weaving rhythms. Jackie Perez Gratz (GIANT SQUID, SQUALUS, AMBER ASYLUM, and cellist for OM, NEUROSIS, AGALLOCH) delivers vocal ranges from low and luring to sirenesque to fierce yowling; following her cello lead and intertwining between layers of explosive guitars and finesse-filled percussion.
After an almost five year haitus, GRAYCEON are determined to challenge extreme musics confines. With IV, they have delivered their most beautiful and potent release to date.
is available for pre-order now via Translation Loss Records
and is available on compact disc and limited edition LP on “Milky Clean with heavy Purple, Magenta, and Metallic Silver Splatter” vinyl.
Cover painting, “A View of the Satellites as Seen from the Outskirts of
Promotional photos by: Daryl Darko
1. SLIVER MOON
2. BY-THE-WIND SAILORS
4. LET IT GO
5. SLOW BURN
6. THE POINT OF ME
7. PINK ROSE