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   GRAYSCALE
When The Ghosts Are Gone
2002
Sound Riot Records
http://listen.to/grayscale


rating: 4/5

1. The World Today
2. A Dead Season
3. Gray Singer
4. Squeeze
5. The Fire Inside Me
6. Absent
7. Shape In The Shadow
8. Cast Aside
9. When The Ghosts Are Gone
After years of experience from other bands, Miika Partonen (g & v), Matti Reinola (b), Janne Jukarainen (d) and Matti Hämäläinen (g) started Grayscale in summer 2000. In January 2001 when the band signed their contract with Sound Riot Records, they decited to take Jenni Hytönen (k) and Lasse Harma (v) as official members.

So with their debut "When The Ghosts Are Gone" I have another Finnish band's album to review. This time I get to hear catchy goth metal. Have to say metal because for rock they are to heavy. To describe the sextet's style, actually I would say that they are a mix between HIM and Sentenced with strong British goth influence and certain groove that rocks well. Some parts are also doom influenced. The keyboard gives it a very spherical touch as you can hear with the intro of "The World Today" which starts very spherically and leads into a kind of melodic melancholy, doom-ish song without becoming to overweightly. Other songs I would like to pick out are "Squeeze", which is a bit abstract, a little alternative influenced. Have to say that "Absent" is very Sentenced oriented, but in the beginning I already described their style. All songs are quite catchy without being too cheesy and their lyrics are easy to keep in mind. With their debut "When The Ghosts Are Gone" Grayscale leave bands like To/Die/For well behind.

If you are into bands like Sentenced, Katatonia, Anathema, you should check out "When The Ghosts Are Gone". The band has a website at MP3.com: http://artists.mp3s.com/artists/214/grayscale_fin.html and samples on the official site.

submitted by Silkie 03.05.2003

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