Grey Skies Ahead
Panacea
(2019)
Crank this to 8.7 of 11
Genre:
Post rock, Progressive rock
Sounds Like:
Plini, My Sleeping Karma
Thursday, June 06, 2019
Grey Skies Ahead from Austria do not play your typical Post-rock with long buildups or 11-plus minute epic tracks.  The foursome throw a lot of complex progressive themes along with a dash of stoner and math rock into Panacea. It’s actually a beautiful sounding instrumental album that carries its own weight in the Post-rock word. Just check out the track “Marrow,” it has it all. The soft heavenly beginning leads us into some heavy math-like fretwork, a great track that showcases their versatility. Now “Panacea” shows us a more progressive approach, we actually hear some Animals As Leaders in this one. The fifth track “Plesiomorphic” is extremely technical sounding as its not very heavy, but so damn intriguing. The musicianship on this track is stellar and we love how thy keep things subdued, it stands out among the heavy and very well may be the highlight of the album. Plus the transition into the last song “Apomorphic” is flawless and keeps us engaged. 

Tracklist:
1. Pathogen
2. Hypertonia
3. Marrow
4. Panacea
5. Plesiomorphic
6. Apomorphic

Standout Track(s)
”Plesiomorphic,” ”Marrow” and “Panacea”

Adult Beverage Pairing
Lazy Hazy by California brewery Fall River. The 8.00% ABV IPA is smooth with a hint of tangerine. Very flavorful with some strength, making this a great pairing with Panacea.

ROTATION RECAP:
Risk of Subwoofer Damage
8.6 of 11

Captivation and Variety
8.8 of 11

Weight of the Heavy
8.4 of 11

Rhythmic Pace
8.6 of 11
 
Lyrics and Song Structure
8.5 of 11

Fretwork Prowess
8.7 of 11

Overall Album Flow
8.7 of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics
8.6 of 11

Production Value
8.8 of 11

Final Thoughts
Released through German label Kerberos Records, Grey Skies ahead has become constant in our rotation. We urge you profressive/post rock lovers to check this out on Bandcamp, but head to their label and just puck up the vinyl.

Grey Skies Ahead are:
Andreas Gembaczka - Guitar
Martin Hierz - Guitar
Sebastian Haslinger - Drums
Eric Kurz - Bass

Follow Grey Skies Ahead: Bandcamp / Facebook
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