Grayson Hale

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My name is Grayson Hale and I’m from Durban, South Africa. I’m an aspiring music journalist who has a great appreciation for many different genres and styles, but remain a true metalhead at heart. My favourite bands include: Converge, Sigur Rós, Swans, Neurosis, Ne Obliviscaris, and Opeth, just to name a few.

Although my musical journey started at a very young age, the first album that really resonated with me on a deeper level was Third Eye Blind’s debut and it hasn’t left my side since. I still regard it as the single most important album in my collection, although Jane Doe and (  ) have arguably caught up to it in the past few years.

I am currently working at my local music store in a futile attempt to remove terrible mainstream pop music from the shelves. Justin Bieber never forgets to let out an almighty guffaw from his number one position on the charts at the start of each day. As a result, I am presently contemplating suicide.

Outside of music, I have an unhealthy obsession with horror films and Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 classic 2001: A Space Odyssey. I’m also very interested in post-modern literature and lucid dreaming.

Thanks to the Echoes and Dust team for having me on board!

Articles by Grayson Hale

Wear Your Wounds – WYW

After years in the making, Wear Your Wounds’ debut album finally sees the light of day with an intimate set of songs that is sure to please committed and casual fans alike.

Interview: Demons from the Dungeon Dimension

Doom metal from a rural area west of Durban in KwaZulu Natal? Meet Demons From the Dungeon Dimension! Grayson Hale sat down with the project’s anonymous multi-instrumentalist to discuss its conception and recording process, among other things.

Demons From the Dungeon Dimension – As the Crow Flies

Take pleasure in the music. It is repulsive and raw and beautiful. – By Grayson Hale

Deafheaven – New Bermuda

So… is ‘New Bermuda’ a better album than ‘Sunbather’? No, it isn’t. But it’s not a worse album, either. However, it’s hard to imagine the same thing working again so they will have to set their sights even higher for their next release. For now, though, let’s just enjoy yet another excellent offering from the decade’s best metal band. – By Grayson Hale

Echoes of the Past: Sigur Rós – Von

Grayson Hale looks back at Sigur Rós’ début album ‘Von’. “For those who truly love the band and can appreciate their artistry even from their humblest beginnings… ‘Von’ is so very, very worth it.”

Entheos – Ototeman

Entheos are already shaping up to be an impressive addition to the Quebec black metal scene. Their future looks incredibly bright (or should that be dark?). – By Grayson Hale

Interview: Jürgen Bartsch of Bethlehem

Grayson Hale chatted to bassist Jürgen Bartsch of German dark metal pioneers Bethlehem about the album trilogy, his near-death experiences and the band’s Facebook troubles…

Bethlehem – Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia

Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia definitely exceeded my expectations. It is a worthwhile excursion for any Bethlehem fan, new or old. – By Grayson Hale

The Antlers – Familiars

Familiars is a worthy addition to the band’s catalogue and a step in the right direction towards creating their second, better-rounded masterpiece. By Grayson Hale

Demilich – 20th Adversary of Emptiness

Do yourself a favour and listen to this timeless classic; even after all this time, there is still nothing that sounds quite like Demilich. – By Grayson Hale

Depression vs. Catharsis (((1)))

In the second of our Musical Therapy pieces, Grayson Hale offers his thoughts on the relationship between depression and catharsis…

Interview: Ben Koller of Mutoid Man

Grayson Hale asked Ben Koller of Converge and All Pigs Must Die some questions about his latest project Mutoid Man, which also involves Stephen Brodsky of Cave In.

Mutoid Man – Helium Head

Helium Head consists of seven quickfire bursts of hardcore-driven, psychedelic pop metal that somehow manages to combine unrelenting heaviness with pop hooks and a good dose of prog-rock madness thrown in for good measure. – By Grayson Hale

Doomriders – Grand Blood

Grand Blood is yet another successful addition to the Deathwish catalogue but one that provides instant gratification rather than repeated listening. – By Grayson Hale

Austere – Withering Illusions and Desolation

Austere find the right balance of cold detachment and sorrowful melodies in Withering Illusions and Desolation. – By Grayson Hale

Interview: Daniel Fern from EndAnd

Grayson Hale speaks with Daniel Fern, guitarist/singer of Brooklyn based noise/punk-rock band EndAnd, talking about the new record Mechanics & Energetics of Stilt-Running.

Interview: Amia Venera Landscape

Grayson Hale managed to have a brief chat with Italian post-hardcore/atmospheric sludge metal band Amia Venera Landscape about musical influences, the new recordings and a couple of other things.

The Ruins Of Beverast – Blood Vaults – The Blazing Gospel Of Heinrich Kramer (Cryptae Sanguinum – Evangelium Flagrans Henrici Institoris)

This is surely one of 2013’s most unique metal releases and regardless of your opinion on it, there can be no denying the talent on display here. – By Grayson Hale

Karnivool – Asymmetry

Asymmetry is the sound of Karnivool being somewhat uncomfortable in their own skin. – By Grayson Hale

All Pigs Must Die – Nothing Violates This Nature

This is one of the best heavy releases of the year so far, and it’s going to be difficult to top an album that manages to be so entertaining and so goddamn brutal all at once. – By Grayson Hale

Interview: Luke Machin from Maschine

Grayson Hale found out more about English prog rock band Maschine by asking Luke Machin, who is the creative mind behind the band, some questions.

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