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Among recent promotional copies sent to me, I found a simple CDr with close to no information (except the lyrics and a short biography) of an Italian band calling themselves Grayswan. Apparently this band has been at it since 1996 and has released two demo's so far. While it might not seem a lot to release only two demo's over the span of 6 years, the band only seriously started recording in 2000. Also from the quality of the music found on this demo it is clear they spend their time well and did not recorded any half-hearted songs.

Greyswan's music has this un-canning ability to sound oh-so familiar, yet you can't pin point at all where you have heard it before. The only clear reference I can spot quickly is later Katatonia. As such I guess emotional rock/metal would be the best description for their music. 3 Long winded and melancholic tracks with sorrowful clean vocals (much stronger and less fragile then Katatonia, as such creating a totally different feeling). All 3 songs have a very catchy melody to them and are simply enjoyable ear candy: no heavy, sick or rude doom here, just nice melodic and emotional rock/metal. Greyswan have balanced the mixture between heavy guitars, lush piano and weeping vocals perfectly if you ask me. The piano and keyboards, while ever present, never force themselves upon the listener, yet help create that melancholic atmosphere. The vocals are most prominently mixed in and in this I believe the band made the right choose. Their vocalist has a great voice and really manages to set one of those candlelight and blood red wine moods.

If you are a fan of newer Katatonia, emotional rock or gothic rock, it might be worth your time to write to this band about getting one of their demo's: greyswan@libero.it. While not overly creative, I for one hope they will be able to quickly find a record deal.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Sleepless Night
2. Alone among Thousands of People
3. Tragic End

Duration : Approx. 22 minutes

Visit the Greyswan bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Aldo Quispel
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