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"WHONEEDSYOU" track listing:

1. I Am God
2. Is It Getting Colder Or Are We Already Dead
3. Through The Roof, Underground
4. Girl With The Pornstar Name
5. Earthquake Bellies Pt 1
6. Earthquake Bellies Pt 2
7. Hangoverweekendmelancholia
8. My Job Here Is Done

Reviewed by on October 24, 2010

"Grey, with its debut album, has already released a monumental chunk of progressive metal."

It’s been a really long time waiting to hear another album like this, three years to be exact. Not since the 2007 release of Between the Buried and Me’s "Colors" has an album sparked such a sense of wonder and amazement. Sure, there have been other albums released this past year that were good, some were even great, but the music contained within Grey’s debut "WHONEEDSYOU" is something that needs searching for, looking to capture that same feeling of speechlessness that has happened very few times in the past. The music here is complex, inventive, and over the top in its spontaneity and creative genius. Grey, with its debut album, has already released a monumental chunk of progressive metal.

It’s hard to pick any stand out tracks from this release as all the eight songs contained within "WHONEEDSYOU" are equally impressive. From the opening track "I Am God" to the final cut, "My Job Here Is Done," your senses are absolutely destroyed with immense levels of brutality and heaviness. The notes and chords used are often mismatched and create a wall of dizzying sound that captivates the listener. It is without a doubt that many people might turn this record off even after just a few minutes, but those into the style of progressive noise metal and math metal will surely salivate with every passing minute.

Another factor that makes Grey’s debut something to worship is the timing. Each song contains elements that are implemented at the perfect intervals. The low, guttural, and near demonic growls are used only when needed to complement the music. The clean singing, used only on one track as the ending to a hectic experience, is also a well added stylistic element. Nothing is used in excess, which is essential for such a complex album.

Grey has made a sudden and lasting impact with its debut full-length release. Not only is the music absolutely incredible but the duration of the album is kept short and the songs are written in the perfect way, never seeming overdone or drawn out. Music this complex and abstract is certainly not meant to please everyone, and many will not find an equal amount of pleasure in this record, but the fact remains the same: Grey has some serious talent. "WHONEEDSYOU" makes one crave for new material instantly from this young German math metal act and makes an immediate mark on the world of progressive and avant-garde metal.

Highs: Headache inducing complexity and creative genius.

Lows: Could use some more cleaner sections.

Bottom line: A breath of fresh air for the progressive metal and mathcore genres.

Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls
4.5 out of 5 skulls

Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)