Gracepoint | Echoes

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by Gracepoint

Progressive, heavy, thrash metal with emotional depth.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Progressive Metal
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Animal
4:25 album only
2. Spider
5:21 album only
3. Secrets
2:41 album only
4. Full Circle
6:49 album only
5. Somber
6:04 album only
6. Crucible
4:41 album only
7. Bittersweet
4:52 album only
8. July 4
5:49 album only
9. Echoes
5:54 album only
10. Moon
2:33 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Gracepoint’s approach to music is very much in the vein of the heavy hitters of thrash metal (older Metallica, Megadeth, and Testament) mixed with the progressive style of bands like Rush. The result is a harder edge progressive style which tempers rhythmic experimentation with an emphasis on solid songwriting.
Our music is a guitar driven, riff-based style with a lot of syncopation and time signature changes which gives it its progressive qualities. Our goal has always been to create riffs which are rhythmic, melodic, heavy, groovy, and most important of all, memorable. We try to write riffs that will be strong enough to have a life of their own so we don’t end up having some fuzzy, non-descript guitar stuff buried under the drums or some kind of bland chugging that no one will remember 10 seconds after the tune is over.
The bass and drums are aggressive and syncopated and carry their own counter rhythms and even counter melodies underneath. We also take advantage of the two guitar format with plenty of harmonies and double leads.
Although we have often been described as a kind of progressive metal because of our time signature changes, we do not really fit in with what many people consider prog metal. The music is unapologetically metal and not all bands in the progressive genre can say that.

The songs on “Echoes” are predominantly 7-string guitar tuned to Eb so the album has an overall heavier feel. Although the album is heavy overall, Echoes also uses a lot of clean and moody feels as a counterbalance. But even when we are exploring quieter, more moody ideas we still use strong rhythms and melodies that keep the momentum of the song moving forward.
The vocals are hard and clear but yet they remain different than the standard progressive vocal lines. They range from balls out and bellicose to poignant and haunting.
We have never really tried to be like any other band in particular so we think we have stumbled on a cool mix of styles that is fun to play and fun to listen to. We have heavy fast stuff, we have spacey instrumental stuff, we have interesting lyrics, great drums and bass stuff to check out, harmony guitar solos, and lots of other things that make metal fans happy. We are metal fans so we hope other metal heads will give our stuff a good listen and we hope they dig it as much as we do.



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