Articles by Grayson Hale
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.
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.
Take pleasure in the music. It is repulsive and raw and beautiful. – By Grayson Hale
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
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 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
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…
Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia definitely exceeded my expectations. It is a worthwhile excursion for any Bethlehem fan, new or old. – By Grayson Hale
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
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
In the second of our Musical Therapy pieces, Grayson Hale offers his thoughts on the relationship between depression and catharsis…
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.
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
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 find the right balance of cold detachment and sorrowful melodies in Withering Illusions and Desolation. – By Grayson Hale
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.
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.
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
Asymmetry is the sound of Karnivool being somewhat uncomfortable in their own skin. – By Grayson Hale
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
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.