Distributor/label: Self released
Buy Album [URL]: https://degraey.bandcamp.com/
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/degraey
Cesar Perals – Drums, Vocals
Victor Paradis – Guitars, Vocals
Ivan Pizarro – Guitars, Synths
Luc Espinach – Bass
1. From Them
2. In my Struggle
4. Frozen Fangs
6. Black Bass
7. By Her Hands
8. Speak the Word
Degraey are a Spanish post-metal band, who partly formed in 2012. This was when drummer and vocalist Cesar Perals met guitarist and vocalist Victor Paradis. After some musical turmoil and a quest for musicians, the band was finally completed in 2015, when Ivan Pizarro and Luc Espinach joined. In 2016, they self-released their debut, Chrysalis. Degraey’s music here, has a wide range of influences and ideas. The sung vocals are eerie and expressive, and are very similar (arguably too similar) to the stuff found in Isis (the band, that is), both in choice of notes and overall delivery. The screaming which often follows, is thick and powerful, and may remind the listener of the vocals heard in funeral doom.
Despite the various heavy metal influences, the instrumentation is quite often clean, and sometimes brings to mind the calm, perhaps emotionally numb atmosphere of later Tool. The soft instrumental sections, are on occasion even reminiscent of the mellower and less ostentatious side of Steve Vai. (Think his piece ‘Frank’). Unfortunately, the musicians in Degraey have so many sources of inspiration, they at times don’t seem to know what to do with them. Once an interesting concept comes along, they can move away from it, without appreciating the fact they have come up with an idea, that can be milked. Even so, harsh distortion is usually saved for the climaxes of the songs, showing that this band takes development a lot more seriously than most metal bands would.
Despite the extra effort that went into the structure and texture of the music, the whole album feels like one big build up, that never reaches a true climax. When the album finishes, there is a lack of resolution and relaxation, that one naturally hopes for. Furthermore, the way some songs end, makes them sound not totally completed, and not as satisfying as they could be. It’s as if the musicians got bored of what they were writing. As many of the songs on this album sound similar to each other, this may be understandable. 😛 Their sixth song on the album, ‘Black Bass’ is the first time since the beginning of the record, there is a change in stlye. It has darker and more mysterious harmony, but you can expect the same kind of vocal melody and instrumentation, heard in previous tracks. ‘By Her Hands’ starts of with an interesting, bleak chord progression, (think Creed) only to revert back to the earlier style of most of the album.
In conclusion, the music in Chrysalis is well written, but even though ambitious, most songs are so in the same way. If the band wrote more music that was simple, the music that is more complicated, would be more appreciated. Even hardened metalheads need time for a breather, so they can fully process all the great stuff that has happened, before hand. Luckily, writing simple music should be relatively easy, in theory, so hopefully the band can grow. Ideally, they can also write more great vocal melodies, like the stuff found on their ‘Frozen Fangs’.