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The New York band Grey Skies Fallen first took shape in 1996 under the name Eve of Mourning before adopting their current moniker the following year. In the quarter-century since then they’ve released a pair of EPs and five albums. The last of those full-lengths, Cold Dead Lands, first saw the light of day in January of last year, with an independent digital release and a CD release by Old Souls Collective. But the album is about to be jointly reissued by GrimmDistribution with Paragon Records and More Hate Productions, and we’re helping to spread the word about that by featuring the album’s title track today.

 

And so this is one of those situations that isn’t a true premiere, though it will undoubtedly be the first time some of you have heard the song, and thus hopefully will provide a good introduction to newcomers about the immense sonic and emotional power of the record in advance of the April 8th reissue.

 

 

Cold Dead Lands represented some changes for the band, as the line-up contracted to the trio of vocalist/guitarist Rick Habeeb, bassist Tom Anderer, and drummer Sal Gregory. The subtraction of keyboards also represented a change in the group’s formulation of melodic doom-death, allowing an even greater focus on the remaining trio’s talents.

 

With respect to the title track we’re sharing today, the music’s sense of mountainous scale and immense power is evident right from the beginning. It moves forward with hard-hitting drum strikes, granite-heavy bass, panoramic riffs, and Rick Habeeb‘s heart-felt singing, which segues into ravaging growls and vicious snarls.

 

Glittering leads maneuver through the titanic, wintry soundscape like rivulets of ice, and the music briefly softens and becomes spectral in its atmosphere before rising again to epic heights. As the pace slows the music becomes more bleak and oppressive, and Habeeb’s’s singing, coupled with a wailing extended guitar solo, powerfully convey hopelessness and anguish, pulling hard at the listener’s heart strings as the song staggers ahead like a great wounded beast. The momentum slows even further, and the sensations of shattering sorrow become even more immersive, and earth-shaking.

 

Credit goes to Keith Moore for engineering the recording and to the great Dan Swanö for mixing and mastering the record. And speaking of legendary greatness, Travis Smith created the cover art.

 

The three labels are reissuing the album in an edition of 1000 jewel-case CDs with an 8-page booklet and a new design.

 

https://www.nocleansinging.com/2021/03/22/an-ncs-premiere-grey-skies-fallen-cold-dead-lands/

 

Video review.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgi9z9RZPMg

La banda de doom metal de New York Grey Skies Fallen, lanzaron su nuevo álbum «Cold Dead Lands» en formato físico el 8 de abril de 2021, a través de la coalición de sellos Paragon Records (Usa) y More Hate Records (Rus) con distribución de GrimmDistribution.

 

 

 

Como en alguna ocasión he comentado en algunas de mis reseñas anteriores, en las que he topado con la oportunidad de reseñar bandas de mi genero favorito; el doom metal, considero que es como encontrar una perla en una ostra en un mar de subgéneros de metal.

 

Este es él caso de la banda de la que me refiero en esta ocasión, una banda tremendamente sugerente ya desde el comienzo y que combinan el extremismo y la agresividad con un sentimiento épico apabullante.

 

Es amor a primera oída lo que ofrece esta formación norteamericana a mis oídos, una producción excelente y cristalina, a la par que orgánica y potente.

 

Seis temas de minutaje propio del género simplemente alucinantes todos y cada uno de ellos.

 

Una banda con una trayectoria muy extensa desde 1999 y que este «Cold Dead Lands» es su quinto trabajo de larga duración. Además, ha sido masterizada por nada más y nada menos que por Dan Swano en los famosos Unisound Studios.

 

Este power trio de New York, sabe muy bien sonar pesados y lentos, agresivos y épicos, haciendo de su doom metal una experiencia realmente fabulosa.

 

Han ido con los años depurando su fórmula hasta llegar a este tiempo pandémico, de una manera sobria y efectiva y retratándose como el modelo perfecto de combo doom.

 

 

 

No hay mas que decir que es el disco que más os recomiendo en lo que va de año, y mi numero uno de mi lista de ediciones discográficas en 2021 y mi primera valoración con la máxima nota de las que he realizado hasta la fecha para Broken Tomb.

 

https://www.brokentombmagazine.com/2021/05/07/critica-grey-skies-fallen-cold-dead-lands-reedicion-2021/

 

This is a re-release of the album that the band put out themselves in 2020. Once again, the band delivers a unique approach to their style with an original & powerful vocal delivery and a truly dismal atmosphere. The band also shows their growth with their song writing and how they continue to get stronger with each release while ignoring the underground trends. The production is top notch & organic- this is their most professional to date. Things can only get gloomier!

Established in 1996, Grey Skies Fallen have been honing their Progressive Death Doom style across a Demo, 2 EP's, a Single & 4 Full Lengths with multiple live performances across the United States (notedly Milwaukee Metal Fest XIV) to lead up to this 5th Full Length "Cold Dead Lands" which the band initially self released as 300 CD copies under independent label name Old Souls Collective in January 2020.

Mixing & Mastering done by Unisound Recordings - Dan Swano (Edge Of Sanity, Katatonia, Bloodbath, Witherscape & more.) Album cover art is again done by Travis Smith whose portfolio includes (King Diamond, Death, Nevermore and we could go on for days...).

This is the second album from Grey Skies Fallen that is affiliated with Paragon Records - the first being the 2014 CD release of "The Many Sides Of Truth."

 

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