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SONG PREMIERE: Scranton metal band Behind the Grey commits ‘Treason’ with new EP

SONG PREMIERE: Scranton metal band Behind the Grey commits ‘Treason’ with new EP
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For a year now, rising Scranton metal band Behind the Grey has been working hard on the follow-up to their 2015 debut album, “Through the Grip of Tyrants.” Rather than make fans wait any longer for their next full-length record, they’re releasing a four-song EP – their first recording with new singer Dom Vito and bassist Grant Williams – called “Treason” on Friday, Sept. 15.

Today, NEPA Scene is giving our readers an exclusive first listen to the title track, a great example of the soaring vocals, harsh growls, headbanging riffs, and resounding drums that have garnered them a dedicated following and an exclusive management deal with the Inner Light Agency in Los Angeles.

“This song, like everything I write, has been inspired by events that have occurred through life experiences. As we grow older, we lose touch with people throughout our lives. A percentage of those people are ones you choose to do away with because of the way they’ve treated you or others you surround yourself with. Every one of us have dealt with a toxic person in our lives at one time or another. It’s just a matter of eventually letting go,” Vito told NEPA Scene.

“This track shows both our heavy side and our melodic side, as well as setting the tone for the EP itself. It’s our least radio-friendly track on the EP but, in my opinion, that’s what makes it stand out from the other songs.”

Returning to Side B Studios in Wapwallopen to record “Treason,” Behind the Grey will be taking pre-orders for the new EP on their website starting today. The signed copies are only $5 and ship before the release date on Sept. 15, though metalheads can also purchase it from the band in person the following day (along with new t-shirts) at the stacked EP release show at The V-Spot (906 Providence Rd., Scranton).

Starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, the concert features performances by Toothless, Defy the Tide, Red Hymns, The Hill You Die On, Rahway, and Bear in the Woods.

“It’s a killer lineup of music, and we always enjoy sharing the stage with our local friends in Toothless as well as our friends from New Jersey, Red Hymns,” Vito noted.

There’s also a chance to see a stripped-down version of Behind the Grey at the fourth annual Steamtown Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 14, where they’ll play a special full-band acoustic set during the ceremony at The V-Spot. After winning Album of the Year in the 2016 Steamtown Music Awards, they’ve been nominated for Best Metal Act and the People’s Choice Award this year, along with Male Vocalist of the Year, Bassist of the Year, and Drummer of the Year individually. They played their first-ever acoustic show in October of last year and have developed this presentation since then.

“I feel like we’ve had much more time to perfect our acoustic performance this time around. We’ve been experimenting with the new material, and we’ve definitely expanded on our ideas to make these songs sound great on an acoustic format. We are also very honored to be one of the bands performing at the awards ceremony year,” Vito said.

Learn more about their history, each member’s contributions to the band, the upcoming EP, and much more in Episode 14 of the NEPA Scene Podcast: