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Grayceon’s Jackie Perez Gratz auditions for the new Whitesnake video.

I’d be super curious to see Grayceon live; as Cosmo Lee points out at Invisible Oranges, since the trio consists of a cellist/vocalist (Jackie Perez Gratz, who’s also a member of Giant Squid, and played on Agalloch’s Marrow of the Spirit), a guitarist, and a drummer (Max Doyle and Zack Farwell, respectively), so “Two-thirds of the band performs sitting down.” That might make for a low energy show when compared to the live act of most metal bands, who thrive on getting physical, physical on stage.

But if any band can pull it off, it’s probably Grayceon. Their new album, All We Destroy, was our own Satan Rosenbloom’s pick for 2011’s edition of “Albums That Will Fuck Your Face Off,” and that dude has good taste.

Now you can preview the album for yourself: the aforementioned Invisible Oranges is streaming the track “A Road Less Traveled.”

Grayceon definitely stand out in the modern metal scene; the cello is an intergral part of the music, not just a gimmick. New York’s own Hung (who have an awesome track on Volume 1 of our free NYC Sucks comp) have a violinist in the band (namesake Lyris Hung), but what their aesthetic is pretty different from that of Grayceon — just on the most surface level, Perez Gratz’s vocals are the definition of “ghostly,” while Hung vocalist Dmitry Kostitsyn clearly comes from a death metal tradition.

Put more simply: Grayceon feel like they’re nothing if not original, which is a rare feat in this day and age.

Check out the song here, then let us know what you think in the comments section. Profound Lore will release All We Destroy on March 1.


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