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An Infinite Shade of Gray

by noise626

Unique in scope and beautiful beyond words, the 3rd noise626 album redefines ambient electronic progressive music. Turn in on, turn up your headphones, and drift away...
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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1. Crown
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2. The Laughter Never Stops
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3. Madness and the Sublime Rapture
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4. Ripping
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5. I Am Lost As You Are Lost
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6. Tsisdu
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7. Scarborough Fair
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8. An Infinite Shade of Gray
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
In 2002, noise626 release the critically acclaimed debut album, The Art of Falling Forward. And somewhere, a firm knock was heard on a door.

In 2004. noise626 came back with another offering of musical oddness called A Thin Cold Line. And again, somewhere, a door was pushed ajar.

Now, in 2006, noise626 has released a new album entitled An Infinite Shade of Gray. And the door has been torn off its hinges…..

The new album is a masterwork of ambient electronic progressive rock that is sure to entice you into a world of hope, despair, love, hate, redemption and madness. Ant Graham, the creative force behind noise626, has spent the last two years constructing these compositions, and we can honestly say that this is the best work he has done to date.

Noise626 was formed from the ashes of the Noise Inc midi project, which initially was a collection of computer music compositions that were in desperate need of fleshing out. And in between his stints as guitarist and sometime vocalist of the brilliant avant band Christus and the Cosmonaughts, he continues to strive to perfect his very unique blend of electronic and progressive rock music. An Infinite Shade of Gray is the culmination of many sleepless nights, many long, hard days and lots of soul searching. The music is as varied as life can be; from the gentle acoustic stirrings of “Tsisdu” to the percussion driven wonderment of “Ripping” to the epic 16 minute title track that brings to mind Pink Floyd, David Bowie, and Peter Gabriel, but definitely has a freshness and feel all it’s own.

Also featured on this album are some of the most talented vocalists you have ever heard. Sara Curtis, Meggidah Goldston, Karen Sucharski, and Clarsa McElhaney (courtesy of Martin Records) were all an invaluable addition to this project, and you should listen to them as they will blow your mind.

So hit that buy button, tune in and drift away….


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Eartaste

You need to hear the whole album. . .
I listen to every album received here. Once. I make notes on some cuts, and then listen to those again, of course. There are cuts I literally listen to 100's of times. You see those listen on the daily blog for eartaste.

Occasionally, tho, I get an album like this. This is more of an art-piece. The tracking is such that one song complements the next, and it's simply an album that needs to be heard all the way through to fully appreciate.

When I put this album in and started listening to it I was immediately entranced. The sound was superb & the music was melting all my pores (that's a good thing). I literally entered another dimension. I didn't even bother to take notes like I usually do. Then the album ended. The silence actually hurt. My brain was demanding outlet. I seriously was unable to tackle another CD - afraid of breaking the trance with something less powerful (which most stuff is, of course). So, I did the next best thing - played the album through again. Just as powerful the second time.

If you know me, and most folks who read my blog kinda know my tastes, I cannot sit still through a song that lasts 16 minutes. Oh sure, I get a lot of those things here. Mostly they just ramble and have no real purpose, or worse repeat over and over. The title cut on this CD goes for 16 minutes, and time stands still. The mere fact that I listened to this twice in one day says something about it's power.

It happened with In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida. I listened to that over and over for awhile. Now I just pull it out once a year. Alice's Restaurant - same thing. Once a year. Dark Side Of The Moon - once a month - I know, technically it's not one cut, but the album feels like one long cut to me. I think An Infinite Shade Of Gray will be there with Dark Side Of The Moon as one of my once a month listens. I'm not 100% positive, but it certainly has that feel for me. Right now I'm still in the 2 or 3 times a day phase.

Leonardslair.com

Ant Graham's Noise626 project seems to grow in stature with each release
Venturing forth from the darkest traditions of progressive rock, Ant Graham's Noise626 project seems to grow in stature with each release and with that stature, the quotient of doom increases likewise. The clues are there for all to see: the title of his third long player is 'An Infinite Shade Of Gray', the disquieting giggling that begins the record and no one needs to be told that second track 'The Laughter Never Stops' is meant to be ironic. The key tracks are 'Madness And Sublime Rapture'; part stark minimalist electronica and part aggressive rocker with female co-vocals, then light relief arrives via 'Ripping' thanks to a pretty electronic melody and finally, 'I Am Lost As You Are Lost' is an impressive evocation of bleak desperation. Yet, for a largely humour-free record, only the final fifteen-minute long title song outlasts its welcome. Otherwise, Graham delivers his message in a manner that is compelling; never threatening to suffocate the listener.

Prognaut.com

...a well produced, well written CD that caught my attention and now it need you
"In recent times, Progressive rock has evolved into more that what the ‘classic’ bands gave us over 30 years ago. Now musicians are combining other styles of music outside of Progressive Rock to create a fresh outlook on a genre that always gets an odd look from those with unadventurous closed minds.
I was told by a friend of a band called Noise626 that deserved my listening attention. The name alone conjured up some preconceived thoughts but I tried my best to blocked them until I had a chance to hear the music. Leader and sole musician, Ant Graham sent me Noise626’s third cd 'An Infinite Shade Of Gray'. Any preconceived thoughts were soon washed away when I heard the CD. The music can be best described as both Gothic and Progressive Rock with some electronica and modern rock thrown in. One difference I hear is the primary use of organic instruments as the framework rather than all programmed. To me this gives a warm ‘human’ feel rather that a cold processed one found by many of today’s bands.

Aside from being the sole musician, Ant provides much of the vocals, which reminds me of a mixture of David Bowie (Berlin-era) and Peter Gabriel (current). Ant is joined on a few tracks by vocalist Megiddeh Goldston, who takes lead on 'Madness And Sublime Rapture'. This happens to be my favorite song on the cd because it combines all of the elements I previously mentioned.

For the prog fans, there’s the epic title track that closes the CD which to is a haunting gothic ambient space piece. Think of a darker version of Pink Floyd with Bowie or Gabriel on lead vocals. I will admit this is CD that requires a few listens before you can fully appreciate it’s beauty. So if you’re an open minded must fan, prog or other, this is a must have. Since I’m not familiar with the other two releases, I can’t make comparisons but 'An Infinite Shade Of Gray'. is a well produced, well written CD that caught my attention and now it need yours."

teamfreak16 on eopinions.com

Noise626 is putting out fantastic, worthwhile music; all you need to do is liste
Pros
A perfect blend of Goth and Prog for the adventurous listener

Cons
None, this is true musical bliss

The Bottom Line
An Infinite Shade of Gray was one of 2006's lost gems, deserving of your listening time.


Listening. Some CD's are actually recorded specifically for listening. Not rocking out, not bouncing off the walls like some inert ping-pong ball, but simply listening. Multi-instrumentalist/one-man project/the man does everything - Ant Graham is Colorado Springs-based Noise626, and his 2006 release An Infinite Shade of Gray is just such a CD-listen to it.

Possessing a fondness for both dark, gothic music and deep-thinking prog rock, Graham has combined elements of each for a recording that fans of Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, and even Tool can appreciate. But: you have to listen.

Last one out, lights the fuse Imagine a world-weary Bowie - Graham is one of those lucky bastards blessed with a Bowie-like voice (well, Bowie with some Peter Gabriel, actually) - imagine this weary Thin White Duke crooning over a dark, ominous rock soundtrack, all droning guitars and a black, thick bass line - imagine that and you have Crown, the CD's wonderfully threatening opener. Last one out, shuts the cage ahhh and did I neglect to mention the menacing little Tool-style interlude, complete with an Adam Jones-esque guitar solo? Adam Jones! Tool! Impressive tune, this Crown, impressive, indeed. Listen.

And then there's Ripping, a majestic, theatrical track that Peter Gabriel would be proud to call his own (or, at the very least, would sound perfect in the middle of a Gabriel record.) And I Am Lost As You Are Lost and a gloomy bass line just dripping despair I Am Lost As You Are Lost each fat, vibrating wire riddled with the utter hopelessness of a moody Labradford track as run through The Cure's doom room. And if The Cure had recorded this song we'd already have 43 reviews on here about how fantastic Robert Smith is: atmospheric Robert Smith guitar! I Am Lost As You Are Lost and Swimming the Same Deep Water As You is hard and whoa! Groooovy psychedelic Robert Smith guitar! Fantastic! Ahh yes but it's Ant Graham, Noise626 and it's, well, equally fantastic.

And then, of course, there's An Infinite Shade of Gray, an epic, 15 1/2-minute-epic! - an elongated Pink Floydian piece that starts innocently enough before descending into gloomy madness. Hell, Graham has even included a brilliantly-bizarre spoken-word thing called The Insanity Piece, as if anything called The Insanity Piece could be anything but...and Insanity pen Karen Sucharski recites it so...insanely...and this song, this Infinite Shade of Gray is so...such a goddamn trip...so darkly brilliant...so...Floyd!

Indeed, An Infinite Shade of Gray is a keeper, a testament to the value of the independent artist, releasing music that's infinitely more interesting than whatever is playing on your local Clear Channel outlet. I've mentioned Floyd, Gabriel, Bowie, etc., but this is not merely a copycat effort - Noise626 is putting out fantastic, worthwhile music; all you need to do is listen.