Santiago is the capital city of Chile and harbours a grey ocean. The eclectic doom metal band formed in 2000 and issued a Demo 2002 with four tracks. The band found a label as far away from itself as it could, namely in Finland. The band lost its singer/keyboardist in 2005 after the first release and only found a replacement in 2007. Both albums were supported through European tours. The band was also invited to participate at the Doom Shall Rise festival in Germany in 2005.
Season Of Mist signed the first South American band of the label's history, Chile's Mar De Grises, in 2010. The band's third full-length album was due to be released later that year.
MAR DE GRISES - THE TATTERDEMALION EXPRESS - FIREBOX
Mar De Grises is a surprise on several fronts. The little-known band hails from Chile, which is exotic enough, but also creates stellar doom metal on par with the wise men of the scene. The band's moniker, album title and cover artwork are quite appropriate for the act reminds me of an English band called Esoteric. The comparison is not so much about riff and rhythm, but rather the emotion the Chileans evoke in the listener. Deep and heavy or loud and crass, Mar De Grises is distraught at all times and satisfies that deep yearning during its most oppressive and most raucous moments alike. Very much like the norm in Classical music, this album expresses, pardon the pun, many emotions within each song. Be it deep in the abyss of stillness or riding the peak of explosion the band's output drips with feeling. Songs like To See Saturn Fall, Storm and Be Welcome Oh Hideous Hell are effective because the formula is the lack of one. The song is whatever the song demands and not what the song was supposed to be.
Fans of Winter, Khanate, Paramaecium, Esoteric and Pan-thy-monium will love this - or not. This band most likely does not care. - Ali "The Metallian"
MAR DE GRISES - DRAINING THE WATERHEART - FIREBOX
Four years after its international and full-length debut Chile’s Mar De Grises has returned with a new album that once again demonstrates that the group’s nationality is not the only exotic thing about it.
Mar De Grises - roughly translated to 'sea of sadnesses' - is anchored in doom. But is consciously intent on mixing different elements, languages and sounds. This band adds both goth and melodious pop sounds to its dooms. These variations are present within songs and not, like other bands, a function of different songs having different styles. The deviation from the norm works, unless one is solely interested in metal. The use of keyboards and pianos is especially jarring. The lyrical content of the songs also alternates between English and Spanish. Final oscillation occurs between the drum sound, which is generated by both real and computerised drums. Sadly, the sound of the toms suffers from a good degree of artificiality.
Mar De Grises is an innovative band with a good degree of originality. The range of emotions remains embedded in the darker spans, but amidst the doom, there is a warmth and catchiness that might in fact appeal to a bigger audience. - Ali “The Metallian”