Originally following in the gloomy boots of Paradise Lost, Anathema and My Dying Bride, New York's Grey Skies Fallen took a detour on the way to the funeral pyre; as a result, their second album casts this band's talent in tones equal parts Darkwave, Death and Math-Metal. Vocalist Rick Habeeb manages some impressively dark ranting -- dreary lyrics predominate, par for the course -- while his guitar work, coupled with Joe D'Angelo's, marches to the beat of a nonlinear equation. Craig Rossi's symphonic keys, Jimmy White's sturdy bass, and Sal Gregory's steady skin-lathe punish and terrify the weak while inciting the morally strong yet less physically powerful to dream of world domination.
Far from a simple grimbath, Tomorrow's In Doubt manages some thoughtfully proggish asides with droplets of acoustic rain in "Dream The Day Away," and even some straightforward pipes from Mr. Habeeb, Staten Island's answer to Summer Dying's Kerry Cripe. Yet at the same time, the title track recalls MDB in its wrist-slashing heft; yet again, the gentle, liquid break, all tickling arpeggios and mellow vibrato, hints at Borknagar unplugged with gypsy damsels to muse them.
A band with a range and a future, Grey Skies Fallen merit your full attention. Buy American!