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GREEVACE / Press

“the three-piece Greevace, is riff-driven and loud, at times hitting on progressions that reminded me of Pantera or the harsher elements of NIN (various tracks from Broken and/or The Downward Spiral). In terms of the “Big Four,” all of which came occasionally to mind during Greevace’s set, I’d connect this band more immediately to Anthrax or Slayer than Metallica or Megadeth. Ultimately they sound more “next generation” to me, perhaps drawing from bands such as Pig Destroyer or Vision of Disorder, though the singer’s vocal was consistently more melodic, reminding me somehow of a mix between Ozzy and Jonathan Davis from Korn. Greevace has a polished and distinct sound, as if they’ve played together for some time. Tight band, seamless set, dynamic instrumental interplays, especially for a three-piece.”

“Greevace – who take their name from a deliberate misspelling of ‘grievous’ – are a southern US trio, comprising of brothers Andy and Chris Cauble on guitars and bass/vocals respectively and drummer Thomas Whitley, who until coming together in this amalgam at the end of 2008 had spent most of the preceding few years criss-crossing the North Carolina / Georgia border playing in various bands, including a few in which they had teamed up in various guises… Five years into their career, this second self-financed EP is a prime example of decent, hard-working southern metal in the format we know it today, mixing doom, sludge and blues in a way which has been popularized by the likes of Down, Clutch and many, many others. While adding nothing new to the genre, ‘Pulling Wool’ is an efficient offering: the songs are well-constructed (as is the EP as whole, building from the thoughtful opening of ‘Harbinger’ to the swelling midsection through to the atmospheric closing instr”

“That’s not to say that Greevace is incorporating a weird, disparate mesh of styles. All the elements fit together. For the most part it’s rooted in heavy riffs and classic metal like Anthrax and Prong (they get a lot of Tool comparisons, but I hear Greevace's roots dating back earlier). Chris Cauble alternates between attacking and haunting vocals and lyrics spat in a confrontational style that remind me of Suicidal Tendencies if Mike Muir had done more singing and less talking and an intentionally creepier James Hetfield. The tracks shift from driving heaviness to more introspective instrumental parts that feature subtle guitar harmonies. The dichotomy keeps things interesting and provides that aforementioned depth.”

“What surprised me about Greevace is that I actually enjoyed the songs they did as instrumentals much more so compared to the songs that Christ bellowed at us. That’s saying a lot from someone who has been bored by instrumental songs during past live performances, left wondering when the singer was going to start in… and I would also say that I do have an appreciation for what Steve Vai does, but unlike many folks I would not choose to just sit and listen to his solo work. So with all that being said, when I say these instrumentals rock the house like it hasn’t been rocked before, I really truly mean it. These three people are entertaining, energetic and very solid in their metal sound. Their instruments do all the talking, and what they say is fairly incredible. I would definitely without hesitation see these guys again.”

“Greevace, a three piece with a guitar, drums and bass player that also sings, riffed out the middle set of the three bands. Really, they’re an old school metal band with James Hetfield vocals, though they’re not a thrash band. It’s like you took a heavy sampling of Black Sabbath, threw in some of the creativity of System of a Down and cranked up the drums and bass like Led Zeppelin. Coming from me, this is exceedingly high praise and deservedly so. The band also uses pseudonyms and so I don’t know what names to put in here. What I do know is that Andy plays a mean guitar. The bass player is the singer and the drummer freaked me out with his power. I’m a huge Rush fan so it takes a lot for me to be impressed by a drummer.”

“Maybe it’s because they remind me of the heavier days of Tool circa Opiate but I freaking love GREEVACE. They are delicately heavy with just the right amount sludge. Their projection of deep melodic tunes make me want to enjoy a frosty beverage, stomp on something and roll around in it, laughing manically as a means of relaxing catharsis for those of us who enjoy the sultry destruction of heavy music. With clear yet gruffy vocals, meticulous strumming and thumping drums, they tear it up in the best of ways. All of these dudes are extremely solid, bad-ass musicians that may be humble, making fun of themselves saying they are butchering songs, but aren’t scared to show you what they’re made of as they tear it up. Being as sick as they are, they definitely deserve some positive attention. In fact, I told guitarist, Andy Cauble after the show that I don’t want, but I NEED a recording of their stuff so I can blast it in my car and drive recklessly at 75mph. ”

“Greevace started the night out, playing to a small crowd primarily composed of the musicians who were playing the show. Their heavy sound immediately reminded me of early Tool, circa Undertow, with distorted guitars, heavy bass and consistently slamming drums. “God has seen fit to punish my vocals,” their vocalist confessed, as he had some sort of malady causing him stress as he attempted to sing. Despite his ill fortune, the songs he forced out of him were flawless, as he projected his voice with determination. Regardless of this setback, their mainly instrumental set impressed me beyond belief. Melodic scores between sludgy breakdowns led the way to musical enchantment even sans the deep vocal messages they typically bring to the plate. I cannot wait to see their traditional set because they are damn good even without their vocals.”