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Grayceon​/​Giant Squid 7" split

by Grayceon

Where have all the wild horses gone? Roaming free through land of their own, Broke by none who choke hold their young, Where have all the wild horses gone? Who roams free anymore? No one, not me. Is it true what they say about the west? We can roam and have freedom in the west? No one to call you home in the west? It's all lies they say about the west! There's no more frontier left in the west! All hope is lost for roaming in the west! That time has come and gone in the west! That time has come and gone. Where have all the wild horses gone? Roaming free through land of their own, Broke by none who choke hold their young, Where have all the wild horses gone?


From Teeth of the Divine, about this record:

So here is a limited edition (500 copies) 7″ vinyl spilt with new songs from Grayceon (“The West”) and Giant Squid (“Sutter’s Fort”). Both bands are arguably two of the better avant-garde, post-rock bands around, with both acts featuring the vocals of Jackie Perez Gratz (Amber Asylum) and her cello amid the dramatic, fluid, evocative hues of Grayceon or the more chaotic and caustic spurts of Giant Squid. Both tracks continue the sound created by both band’s last releases (Grayceon’s amazing self-titled 2007 effort and Giant Squid’s Metridium Fields in 2006).

“The West” is a mesmerizing, organic number that features colliding cellos, crumbling riffs, and truly stunning cello (the Neurosis meets Apocalyptica sound is still viable) acoustic ambiance. It’s all backed by Gratz and Max Doyle’s contemplative voices. If the forthcoming new album has material at least this good, then pencil me in for a top 5 contender, as Grayceon’s sound is so creative, artisticm and beautifully subtle it’s almost unfair.

Giants Squid’s track, while solid and less introspective than Grayceon, is a heavier, more sprawling, unpredictable number. “Sutter’s Fort” cements why Giants Squid is a perfect fit on The End Records, with their collage of driving post-rock, Serj Tankian-styled vocals, female vocals and other-wordly, trippy programming and acoustics. Of course, due to only being one track, there’s more focus than the album, but Giant Squid still strike me as less cohesive and immediate than Grayceon; though the track’s mid-point is delectably relaxing (and sounds like Grayceon actually, not just because of Gratz).

While both bands are a tad different — they are pushing the boundaries for modern music — Grayceon and Giant Squid should be on your need-to-hear list in 2008.

Written by E. Thomas
April 19th, 2008


released December 1, 2007

Max Doyle- guitar/vocals
Jackie Perez Gratz- cello/vocals
Zack Farwell- drums


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Grayceon San Francisco, California

Atypical power trio from San Francisco comprised of guitar, drums, and cello. Screaming melodic lines over distinct guitar "chunk," doom riffs, jazz chord progressions, intricate folk-like delicacies, and just about everything in between, Grayceon's sound defies the boundaries of the metal/rock/progressive genres.

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