Grayceon // Bali Girls // Lb.! (Pound)
Chop Suey and the Seattle PA Present:
Yep, the band’s name is Lesbian.
Why? Well, equally cool names like Black Sabbath, Venom and Pentagram were already taken. But also, the name Lesbian evokes pure, sexually charged freedom — and that’s what rock music is all about.
But enough about the name, let’s talk about the Lesbian sound; it’s heavy, melodic, dramatic and dynamic. The Seattle-based quartet’s multifaceted debut album Power Hör on Holy Mountain (Om, Six Organs of Admittance) heralds the birth of The New Wave of American Psychedelic Metal. Each of the album’s four tracks shifts moods, dynamics and styles. In any given song, Lesbian deftly lunges from black metal-style blast-beat-and-16th-note-guitar-lines into ’70s styled stoner rock riffing and then leaps into lush melodic passages reminiscent of Godspeed You Black Emperor!. The band blends the best elements of many styles of metal: doom, thrash, black, progressive and, yes, even good old “heavy” metal.
Lesbian was formed on a whim in April 2004 by members of Pacific Northwest thunder-sludge bands Golgothan Sunrise, Asva and The Abodox for a one-off set at Seattle’s Funhouse. The response was so overwhelming that guitarists Arran McInnis and Daniel La Rochelle, bassist/vocalist Dorando Hodous and drummer Benjamin Kennedy decided to continue on with Lesbian as their primary focus. The band’s riffs are dissected and cut into vivid and imaginative parts that splinter and shift in shades of light and dark without coming across overly-technical and soulless. The cinematic quality of Power Hoer envelops a vast array of moods and ideas. It’s entrancing and psychedelic while utterly pummeling at the same time.
In order to capture the dynamic force of its live sound, Lesbian enlisted the much-lauded ear of producer Randall Dunn (Sunn0))), Boris, Earth), to help the band achieve its musical vision. Power Hör was recorded and mixed at both the legendary Avast! and Dunn’s own Aleph Studio. Stephen O’Malley (Sunn0)))) designed the stunning cover art for the band’s debut, befitting its sonic density and complexity. Incorporated into the layout is a striking logo design by John Santos (High on Fire, Kylesa, A Life Once Lost), whose artwork will also grace the cover of an upcoming split LP with Seattle black metallers Book of Black Earth.
Lesbian will be touring extensively in support of the album and has already begun writing new mind-expanding material. But, for now, this is the Power Hör. Clock in and drop out.
The San Francisco/Bay Area has long been regarded as a key hub for cultural diversity and liberated artistic creativity, so it comes as no surprise to observe an ambitious group such as Grayceon rise from the crux of this nerve center and truly flourish. With each subsequent release, the band continues to progress and strengthen their acclaim through a gritty determination to regularly challenge extreme music’s confines
Over the course of seven years and three proper full-lengths, this trio comprised of little more than one guitar, one cello, and one set of drums has managed to tackle the full spectrum of heavy music’s extensive clutch of emotions. Pummeling sludgy metal quickly carves into fiery post-punk that’s knotted within epic experimental rock, and it’s all blanketed with the additional allure of ample use of mellow stretches to fully round out the pattern. Words such as “enterprising,” “unconventional” and “dynamic” have all been utilized in an attempt to encapsulate the band’s overall design, but the absolute consensus remains: Grayceon thrives as a splendid anomaly amongst an ever-increasing sea of peers.
Now, with the end of 2012 quickly approaching and last year’s bludgeoning All We Destroy waning in the rear-view, the triad prepares for the next chapter in the Grayceon story: a 30-minute EP comprised of two sprawling epics that bend the concentration closer toward the band’s rockier roots. The signature clout is still there, and the rock often rocks quite furiously, but there’s a greater emphasis on wrapping the entire amalgamation in a polished elegance — just the sort of subtle shift between releases that long-time fans have come to expect. And once again, the results are quite striking.
Grayceon continues to hammer forward and deliver in spades for those who thoroughly enjoy being challenged by a truly progressive band. Hop in, listen up, and enjoy the ride.
BALI GIRLS –
Loud, choitic, noise rock. Just come and see for yr self.