Label: Dog Knights
Alternative/Screamo act Old Gray’s debut LP An Autobiography is a touching release—one that thrives more so on its vulnerable emotional tone and sonic depth than its technical delivery. The aggressive shouts of tracks like “Coventry” and “The Artist” are backed by softer, mood-setting instrumentals laced with dark undertones. A sense of heartbreak and struggle exudes in a haunting ambiance from “Wolves” a song that is, at times, stylistically similar to bands like Balance And Composure, but also riddled with intense vocal outbursts.
An Autobiography contains two particularly unique artistic elements worth mentioning—the first can be heard on the album’s fourth track “Show Me How You Self Destruct” an instrumentally light monologue of confession, with its lyrical content delivered in a more poetic manner. The second is performed on the album’s closing instrumental track “My Life With You, My Life Without You” not your typical instrumental filler—an emotionally heavy close with far more to it, conceptually, than may appear. The album is sure to be appreciated for its soul-bearing nature, and most Post-Hardcore/Screamo fans will likely enjoy; you can pre-order your copy of the album today.
Review by Matt Crane – HHM