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YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton hard rock/metal band Behind the Grey

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton hard rock/metal band Behind the Grey
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Behind the Grey

City: Scranton

Genre(s): Hard rock, metal

Years active: 2012-present

Sounds like: As the artwork on the cover of their debut album implies, this is hard rock that will rip your heart out and haunt the hollow cavity inside. With heavy, driving riffs pulling the soaring vocal melodies into the depths of despair, Behind the Grey has all the catchiness and accessibility of nu metal without any of the cheese that genre became known for. The band describes their sound as “blue-collar metal,” which is not only accurate in their tireless work ethic, but in their ability to craft a sound that gives voice to the common fears and frustrations of the headbanging everyman within layered lyrics.

Speaking of layers, many more have been added since it was recently revealed to the public that singer Eric Katchmore was diagnosed with late stage lymphatic cancer almost two years ago. Knowing now that he pressed on through the recording of their album and countless energetic live shows with this weighing on his mind and body – and that his bandmates stuck by him and respected his wishes throughout – shows a level of strength and determination that many musicians will never achieve.

For fans of: Deftones, Sevendust, Breaking Benjamin, 10 Years, Killswitch Engage, Chevelle, Filter, Three Days Grace, Taproot, Silhouette Lies, ASHFALL, and Absolution

Number of albums/EPs released: Two (self-titled EP and full-length album “Through the Grip of Tyrants”)

Latest album/EP:Through the Grip of Tyrants,” released Nov. 28, 2015

Fun fact: Behind the Grey spends more time together working on their music and live shows than anything else, including their own families.

Online: Facebook, Twitter, ReverbNation, YouTube, and

Upcoming shows:

June 11: “A Concert for Katchmore” at The V-Spot (906 Providence Rd., Scranton) with Violence in Vanity, 9 p.m. – two sets with guest singers Johnny Jones from Ashfall, Dom Vito from Judas Fled South, Kenneth Norton from Graces Downfall, Nick Necro from The Curse of Sorrow, Kristin Itnyre from The Fallen, Nick Van Wagenen and Rafael Pimentel from Silhouette Lies, Jay Green from Falling from Eden, and David Gascon from Violence in Vanity

Photo by Keith Perks/1120 Studios

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