Grey Storia – Martonic 7.5
Storia lets itself get comfortable. ‘Martonic’ has quite a bit in common with
the late great band Rodan. The switch from dreamy Post Rock to harder, more
aggressive sounds is particularly fine. Oftentimes these are sudden jolts.
Build-ups take up some of the space as this is definitely Post Rock influenced.
However there is definitely a larger emphasis on the Post-Rock practiced in
Louisville, KY in the early nineties which mixed calm with more hardcore
elements. The jumps in volume on ‘Martonic’ are to be completely welcomed. They
feel so cathartic.
offers a great example of how Grey Storia can slowly build up into a fury. What’s
nice is how it the climax happens right in the center rather than at the very
end. Drums work out pretty nicely for this effect. The sound gets particularly
intense around the three and a half minute mark which is right before the band
chugs off to a conclusion. ‘Escape’ is a far gentler piece with a far nicer
conclusion. Distortion is not used anywhere as heavily. It feels influenced
more by latter-day Post Rock groups who tend to have a softer touch. ‘Nightmares’
is appropriately creepy. How it meanders for most of the track flirting with
outright explosion is a nice shift. ‘Destroy’ literally sounds like it could
have come from Rodan’s album ‘Rusty’. Furious yet still tender, it is perhaps
the highlight of the album. Gorgeous in its extremes, it is captivating.
is a surprisingly endearing album.