MP3 Grey Monday - XIII sharp
Grey Monday’s groovy Heavy Rock / Metal Sound combines pounding guitar riffs with memorable melodic passages and interesting instrumental parts; there are modern-sounding elements as well as old-school greats including classic guitar solos.
13 MP3 Songs
METAL/PUNK: Alternative Metal, ROCK: Hard Rock
Here''s one of the first great reviews Grey Monday got for their new Album XIII sharp (by https://www.tradebit.com):
"Grunge music. It was such a groundbreaking departure in sound for the late 80’s early 90’s rock music. It was dirty, gritty, grimy, and unapologetic. The artists who made it were the same way. One of the harder of the bands for the grunge movement was Alice In Chains. New band, Grey Monday, channels the spirit of the iconic grunge outfit on their debut album Thirteen Sharp. Housing exactly 13 songs, and each of them very piercing pieces of music, it’s not hard to figure out the naming of this album. The band hails from Switzerland, and is around the same age the members of AIC were when they broke through the Industry’s tape. The crunch guitar riffs of Dömu and the bassy growl of Pad does more than just bring to mind Jerry and Layne. Clearly marking a strong alternative for the pop sound that their country is infamous for. The album opens up to a low rumbling thunderous build-up with the track, “Nightmare.” With distortion run a muck and bass trembling out of your speaker system, you have no choice but to allow your starting weekday to get gloomy with excitement. Steff, the band’s drummer, leaves no head untapped with monstrous authority. This is the type of opener that lets you know Pandora has little to compete against. The band goes into a Heavy Metal frenzy on “Everything,” giving forth gallops galore and intricately simple guitar attacks. Still, the charisma that this young band possesses pulls you in enough that you simply lose yourself amongst their powerfully charged performance. “Hate At First Sight” could easily be a head turning single if they choose to release it as their lead. Pad switches from Layne to Aaron Lewis with his vocal stylings for this tune, and the band, for the most part, follows suit. It turns into a battle between Dömu and Sam(the band’s bassist) for dominance on the tune. GM offers you so much on this track that it’s hard to just sit there and care about merely on facet of it. If you haven’t found your inner badass by the time you come to the song “Come Closer,” then you’re about to meet him/her head on for this cut. This some of the sexiest guitar strumming that has been missing in most of the heavier side of rock music. I’d go so far to say that you should be required to house a Harley in your garage to listen to this song the whole way through. But, don’t think this act is a one trick pony. “Two Coins” hosts their softer more thought-provoking side. Even throwing in a piano melody inside of it to bring out more from their listeners. Though it’s no “Nothing Else Matters” it is a good show of what is to come from this promising act. The most standout track from this brilliant ensemble of music is definitely a tie between “The Vicious Circle” and “Shadow, I Am Your Sun.” The latter featuring, what I feel, is the pure soul of this band. Playing between softer, mellow moments and heavy grunge-tinged power chords, it’s hard not to fall in love with this song. This is what Nickelback wishes they could even try to achieve. The former of the two is the album closer. And, it’s such a grand way to end such a wonderful start. Bringing the force and the growls needed to start hair swinging and bar-top dances. This song is 100% rebel music. The type of music that folks who really go against the grain listens to(or those who wish they could). Matter of fact, the whole album is that way. And, the way it was made doesn’t show the band’s immaturity. Truly, fans of this genre should rejoice that they have new champions to hold up as representatives for their pent up and held back aggression."
During 13 days in autumn 2007 Grey Monday’s first album „XIII sharp“ was produced. The 13 songs you’ll hear on it, show the musical development of the Band in the past years.
The Band’s history started with rocking cover tunes and some successful local gigs around Berne. In Autumn 2004, their first demo with three own songs was recorded at “power ride” studios by “Shakra”-guitarist and producer Thom Blunier and “Skansis”-guitarist and producer Beat Heiniger. Since then, Grey Monday have regularly played in different clubs, followed by many bigger events in 2005 and 2006: Woodrock openair, Swiss Hardrock Festival at famed “Konzertfabrik Z7” club in Pratteln, Hutturock, Bieler Festival and the International Biker¬-festival in Sumiswald were a few of these stages. At these opportunities, Grey Monday opened for well-known acts such as Pure Inc., The Order, Felskinn, Crystal Ball, Lunatica and Doro (Germany).
Grey Monday’s Heavy Rock / Metal Sound is very original as it combines aggressive and heavy guitar riffs with catchy melodic passages and interes-ting instrumental parts; there are exciting modern-sounding elements as well as old-school greats including classic guitar solos reminding of Slash or Gary Moore and a unique, powerful and somewhat grungy voice.
---„Nonetheless“: Promising Swiss Rock / Metal---
Long-standing band members are the brothers Dominik (lead guitar) and Patrik Pfister (vocals), who also write all of Grey Monday’s songs. The band’s rhythm section consists of Philipp Stöckli (bass) and Adrian Moser (drums), with whom the EP „Nonetheless“ was recorded in October 2006. This 4-track-CD has caused a lot of very positive reactions of fans, promoters and experts. The Swiss Music Webzine “https://www.tradebit.com“, for example, wrote: „After this EP, it is not presumptuous to celebrate Grey Monday together with The Order and Felskinn as one of THE three Swiss Metal bands of tomorrow.”
At great events, where otherwise virtually no bands with an average age of below 30 and without an international record deal may play, Grey Monday got the chance to present themselves to a broader audience, like at the End of Dayz Festival at the year 2006’s end at Z7 Pratteln, where widely known bands from England, Germany, Nether-lands, Finnland and Switzerland played, or at the “Sempacher Rock-festival” on 9. Dezember 2006 (with Primal Fear and Destruction). More highlights followed in 2007: In January, the traditional „Ice Rock Festival“ in Wasen, and the first gig in Germany; in spring, a concert in the legendary “Mühle Hunziken” in Rubigen; in summer, gigs in front of a big audience at the openairs Schmitten (with Krokus) Schüpfheim (Sommernacht-festival with Lunati¬ca) and Thun (biggest city-openair in all of Switzerland); in autumn and winter, four gigs around Zurich and one in the region of Solothurn, where “Krokus”-guitar legend Fernando von Arb was among the audience, who then gave us a very positive feedback.
In 2008, a first highlight was the Gig at famed “Alpenrockhouse” (Zurich Airport), and there are a lot more to come in Summer: Burnoutfestival Rünenberg (canton Basel), Back to Rock Reiden (canton Lucerne, in 2007 with “Die Apokalyptischen Reiter” and Sodom) as well as the popular Bikeweekend Studen (canton Berne, in 2007 with Shakra), the Braderie in the City of Bienne, and the infamous Rocksound-Festival with Alter Bridge, Simple Plan, Eluveitie, Queensryche, Within Temptation, Porcupine Tree, Europe and many more!
Last but not least, after an intensive preparation, the album “XIII sharp” was produced at “Little Creek Studio” with V.O. and Franky from the Swiss Metalband Gurd: You’ll hear on it no less than 13 songs with a total playing time of almost an hour. Under NonStopMusic Records (CH) and Twilight Distribution (DE), the Album will be released worldwide on May 23rd, 2008.
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