“The recording of our second album ‘Echoes’ has been a labor of love and also just a lot of labor. It took us quite a few years to see it to completion because life kept putting roadblocks in our way but we kept pushing through and it feels great to have it done and to be able to finally focus on our next album. Compared to our first release, ‘Science of Discontent,’ this album is heavier and more focused in many ways. We are a little bit less self-indulgent with the progressive sections than we were when were younger because we have grown as songwriters and that helps the overall flow of the tunes and the album as a whole.
The first album was all done in house and we were just learning on a crash course but ‘Echoes’ was done with Neil Kernon at the helm for quite a bit of the tracking and for the mix so his input and magic sprinkles really helped us to get across what we heard in our heads. The next effort will also be with Neil and we are super excited to keep improving the quality of the recording and the depth of the material.”
Drawing on a wide array of influences from classic heavy rock and metal, thrash and death metal, and a variety of progressive bands from the 70’s through today, Gracepoint has forged a heavy and rhythmically complex sound that remains focused and accessible
Since the release of Science of Discontent, Minneapolis based Gracepoint has continued to develop their distinctive approach to progressive metal. The goal from the inception of the band has been to create music that will be appreciated by both musicians and the average metal head.
Bass player Sam Van Moer and drummer Lance Reed form a musical foundation rich in both syncopation and groove. Guitarists Lon Kunze and Stefan Radzilowski deal in aggressive and complex riffs while placing a clear emphasis on strong rhythmic and melodic phrasing. Together, the band tempers a myriad of time signature changes with groove, melodic sense, and concise song structures thereby forming the backdrop for the clear and powerful vocals of singer Matt Tennessen who brings another level of emotional depth and color to the music.