Guitarist PERRY GRAYSON (ex-DESTINYS END, ex-ARTISAN, ISEN TORR) has been planning a â€™70s style heavy rock band for years, and he finally found the time to start working on it in 2003. The band is called Falcon, and the sound is a total throwback to what was heavy in 1971. â€œIâ€™ve been talkinâ€™ about this for years, even before I left Destinyâ€™s End,â€ says Perry. â€œIâ€™m a huge fan of bands like Pentagram, Buffalo (Australia), Trapeze, Dust, Captain Beyond, Budgie, Bang, Thin Lizzy, Mountain, BOC, etc.â€”and Iâ€™ve had these song ideas floating around my head for a very long time. Itâ€™s a breath of fresh air to be able to slow down and play stuff that isnâ€™t goinâ€™ a million miles an hour.â€ Joining Perry in Falcon is former CIRITH UNGOL multi-instrumentalist GREG LINDSTROM. LINDSTROM handles the bass thunder in Falcon, and also plays some keyboard and guitar. DARIN McCLOSKEY from Pennsylvania doom metal merchants PALE DIVINE pounded the drums for Falcon on their forthcoming self-titled album, and ANDREW SAMPLE is Falconâ€™s live drummer.
â€œFalcon is part of the power trio traditionâ€”like Trapeze, Budgie, Dust, Bang and Rush,â€ Perry explains. â€œI had to keep things down-to-earth and involve only as many people as necessary. GREG LINDSTROM is a real pleasure to jam with. Heâ€™s one of my biggest music heroes, and I couldnâ€™t have asked for a better person to help make Falcon a reality. It goes without saying that I love Darinâ€™s work with PALE DIVINE, and he was the obvious choice, despite the huge distance between us. Along with my original Falcon tunes, weâ€™re doing some of Gregâ€™s old CIRITH UNGOL songs that never got a proper studio recording. Gregâ€™s tracks deserve to be heard!â€ Perry explains.
The members of Falcon are no strangers to the stage or the studio. Greg Lindstrom was a founding member of CIRITH UNGOL, which formed c. 1972. Lindstrom was last heard bashing out guitar, bass and keyboards on the classic CIRITH UNGOL album FROST AND FIRE in 1981. Greg also appears on the Cirith Ungol double disc rarity collection SERVANTS OF CHAOS (â€™01). Perry Grayson grinded his metal axe and was an integral part of the songwriting team in Destinyâ€™s End for both of their Metal Blade Records releases, BREATHE DEEP THE DARK (â€™98) and TRANSITION (â€™01). Graysonâ€™s tenure in Destinyâ€™s End included a full-scale U.S. tour with Iced Earth and Nevermore, an apperance at the prestigious Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany and a European tour with Metal Blade labelmates Sacred Steel and Wardog. Most recently Perry has been involved with multi-national metal band Isen Torr, whose EP Mighty & Superior was released on Metal Supremacy Records in Germany in Feb. â€™04. With Pale Divine, McCloskey has recorded the Crimson Tears EP, Thunder Perfect Mind and the forthcoming Eternity Revealed.
â€œIâ€™m really happy that Perry pulled me out of musical retirement, â€™cause Iâ€™m having a blast playing with these guys,â€ Greg Lindstrom enthuses. â€œWhen Perry told me about his idea for Falcon and asked me if Iâ€™d be interested I immediately jumped at it,â€ notes drummer Darin. â€œI knew that a project involving Perry and Greg was going to be very special! I think thereâ€™s a kindred spirit among the three of us with regard to this style of music and Iâ€™m very excited to be working with them!â€
â€œI started off by demoing a couple of tracks with a drum machine, doing all the vocals myself,â€ Perry continues. â€œIt was the first time Iâ€™d ever tackled lead vox, but Iâ€™ve really been working towards improving as a singer. Itâ€™s been a long journey since I bailed from Destinyâ€™s End, but it was well worth it. In Falcon Iâ€™m playing the kind of heavy ass rock that made me pick up a guitar in the first place. This is stuff I can really put my heart into and stand behind. No frills, no cookie monster growling, no bullshit. My guitar tone for Falcon is very earthyâ€”and loudâ€”not overfuzzed.â€
In late March â€™03 Darin flew out to Los Angeles for a weekend of Falcon jamming. After two 3 hour sessions, Falcon laid down the basic tracks for their four song demo LIVE in the span of an hour the day Darin was to return to Pennsylvania. If thereâ€™s one thing about Falcon, itâ€™s that the band thrives on being spontaneous and flying by the seat of their pants! Vocal, lead guitar and keyboard overdubs were finished over the next couple of weeks. By May â€™03 the Falcon demo was making the rounds in the underground, receiving lots of positive reviews from zines both pro and fanâ€”like METAL HAMMER (Greece), REFLECTIONS OF DOOM (Belgium) and METAL MANIACS (U.S.). A fan and press favorite from the get-go was Greg's Tolkien inspired tune â€œShelobâ€™s Lair,â€ which was a Cirith Ungol mainstay in 1976.
With the demo done, Falcon began planning their debut album recording. It was clear that Falcon needed an engineer/co-producer who is capable of obtaining the killer vintage tones the band was shooting for. So, the trio decided to go with Chris Kozlowski (Polar Bear Lair Studios), who mixed Pale Divineâ€™s first album and recorded and mixed Pale Divineâ€™s latest, Eternity Revealedâ€”in addition to recordings for The Obsessed, Spirit Caravan, Penance and Pentagram. The self-titled Falcon album was recorded at the tail end of November â€™03. Falcon banged this one out the way folks used to in 1971â€”in a mere 5 days, followed by another 3 of mixing in late February â€™04.
Perry tackled vocals on all the tunes for the album, although the guys werenâ€™t totally satisfied with how â€œOn the Slabâ€ turned out, so the possibility of having BOBBY LIEBLING from PENTAGRAM sing that tune was brought up by engineer Chris Kozlowski. Bobby gladly accepted to belt out â€œOn the Slab,â€ a tribute to rock idol Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy.
Prior to the release of the album, Falcon enlisted the help of drummer ANDREW SAMPLE for live shows and hopefully some future recording. With ANDREW SAMPLE behind the drum throne, Falcon played some live dates in L.A. supporting stoner rockers Smoke, Maryland doom metallers Earthride and L.A. rawkers Sasquatch, Shakey Mallard and Fireball Ministry. Further Southern California gigs are in the works, along with some brief touring.
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