Premiering from Brooklyn, New York, Grandfather brings their latest album, In Human Form, to the public. Don’t skip over this release – it is an 11-track CD worth listening to. The powerful dark tones and waves of manic ranges play through the album keeping the listener aware of the different forms people can emanate.
The four men behind this project – Josh Hoffman (Vocals/Guitar), Michael Kirsch (Guitar/Lyrics), Tyler Krupsky (Bass), and Phil Sangiacomo (Drums) – meshed their talents with producer and mixer Alex Newport of Mars Volta, Melvins, and At the Drive In, along with Howie Weinberg of Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Deftones mastering the final product of In Human Form.
The name of the band and album, as well as the cover art (designed by Dimitri Drjuchin), intrigued me to see what was in store for me. I don’t normally listen to metal or rock, but I have an appreciation towards the music from my younger days of local punk and rock show-hopping. Grandfather holds a lot more potential than I’ve seen at any of those shows. The band works well together; their sound is well-rehearsed, edited and formatted.
But I find there is a crucial factor missing from the band.
Let me explain – ahem.
All of the songs took on waves of emotion; exemplifying it in lyrics, rifts drums, breakdowns, build-up… And they were all executed very professionally. The lyrics we are all well thought out, and the song titles were good choices for the mood the songs took on – which, to me, is an incredible talent to have all aspects work together seamlessly. I hear influences of System of A Down, Deftones, Nirvana and other bands of this nature.
The crucial factor that I’m missing is the sound of Grandfather.
If I heard this album in a mix, I wouldn’t be able to classify it as a Grandfather’s production like I could do with other bands. But it’s so close to it, it’s incredible. And it is absolutely worth listening to.
“Metamorphosis” carries a great beat that caught my attention; and along with bass line – it’s really sick. “Wishes” combines synthesizers, amazing bass (I’m really about the basslines), and guitars; it’s a softer song showing the diversity of sounds they are able to create. “Not A Pawn” is a cool title holding viability for a cool song. And “In Human Form,” the song of album, of course is definitely the take away from this album. Genuinely, it is an all-around good song, especially for those of a melancholy mood.
I hope this isn’t the last time I hear of this band. I’m excited to see where they go from here. The dynamic of the band now is too phenomenal for them to stop. They’ve got the attention, let’s hear what else they have in store for us.
Their album is online for free on their web site. Give these guys some recognition and show some friends.
Heck, what’s better than free? Might as well!