released June 18, 2016
UPDATE: Vinyl release coming mid 2017 via Kozmik Artifactz imprint Oak Island Records!
Digital download also available via iTunes, Amazon, & Google Play. CDs and other merch available at our BigCartel online store.
“With songs sporting titles such as ‘Grave Future’ and ‘Black Sun Rise,’ which arrives complete with mentions of ‘storm clouds gathering,’ expect the eclipse to carry through the Off Ramp-closing turn from this heavy, psych-rock quartet. Indeed, even when singer/guitarist Michael Miller sings about love on the comparatively soaring ‘She Radiates,’ he still manages to slip in mentions of ‘eternal darkness.’ Best of the bunch, however, might be ‘Spiders,’ a reverberating, drone-heavy fever dream that should appeal even to those suffering from arachnophobia.”
— Andy Downing, Columbus Alive ComFest Picks (6/21/17)
“One year after their debut release, Kozmik Artifactz’ imprint Oak Island Records is set to release this stellar album on much-coveted vinyl (mid-2017). The tone of their debut is reminiscent of some of the best of 70’s heavy rock, while neither sounding contrived or outdated. Full of fuzz, distortion and a raw energy that they channel with a confidence unseen in debut albums, Pale Grey Lore give hope to the notion that heavy rock is not dead. It has merely been dormant, waiting for someone to come along and unleash its fury.”
— Rick Gethin, Music In Motion Columbus (6/14/17)
"While most hard-rock bands are a cacophony of sound, Pale Grey Lore is all about organized chaos. The psychedelic-metal foursome released its first album in June, a compilation of tidy tracks mixing groaning guitars with elements of mid-century pop."
— Julia Oller, Columbus Dispatch Local Limelight (3/16/17)
"Though this album was originally released last summer, it's picked up some new attention with Kozmic Artifactz' plan to put out a vinyl release of it via their Oak Island Records imprint. For a debut, the self-titled album has a nice, strong, confident stride to its style, from the opening track's brandished chords to the final moments of closer ‘Grave Future’ and the trippy invitations it contains. The music does a fun job of blending modern stoner doom with joyful '70s heavy rock tonality, with the beats and rhythms further swirling the lines between those two big influences. And like so many of those albums from yesteryear, the guitarist manages to give his instrument a sense of its own life, at times not so much playing as singing through its strings."
— THE BURNING BEARD (3/11/17)
"Pale Grey Lore play heavy psych doom rock, with some proto metal and stoner influences as well. Don't let the catchy melodies and pop hooks fool you. There's definitely something sinister going on here, with hints of sabbathian riffage, and early Ghost and Uncle Acid for good measure."
— SUPER DANK METAL JAMS (1/3/17)
"With the nine tracks/32 minutes of Pale Grey Lore, they dive headfirst into influences classic and modern and come out of the process with a crisp execution and an identity of their own. Stylistically cohesive across the front-to-back span, the album shies away neither from classic psych-pop, as highlight centerpiece ‘She Radiates’ shows with its theremin and trippy soloing, nor from the modern cult stoner crunch of ‘Black Sun Rise.’ Not at all haphazard and less exploratory feeling than debuts often are, it carries a sense of confidence in what it wants to do and that it can make those ideas a reality — so of course it does."
— THE OBELISK (9/2/16)
"Trippy, oft ethereal and immensely lysergic in sound, songs like ‘Spiders’, ‘She Radiates’, and ‘Woe Betide Us’ are almost mystical in feeling as they transport you into another realm and beckon you to ride a cosmic tide of surrealism. Then on the other hand there are definitely some doomier nods to greatness such as ‘The Conjuration’, ‘Black Sun Rise’, or ‘Ruins’, songs that stimulate the senses and set you straight with their hard rock resolutions. All in all, the Pale Grey Lore self-titled is a clear contender for inclusion in the Hall Of Fame for debuts as this album is a show stealing release that only adds to the reputation Columbus has deservedly earned for far beyond average bands."
— METAL NEXUS (8/20/16)
"Ranging from heavy sixties psych to stoner truckers and more doomy seventies inspired rock songs… the album has it all. Groovy like a motherfucker and raw, raucous and fuzzed out like the best of the best. The best part though is perhaps something that’s not easily done, especially not on a first release. For even though you can definitely pick out some of their influences here and there, they sound like something you would already and immediately want to classify as typically Pale Grey Lore."
— STONER HIVE (8/8/16)
"An album that encompasses a variety of rock genres, the nuances of which all add up to a debut record of great depth and quality. With this excellent debut album, Pale Grey Lore have added their own chapter to the great rock and roll story. I look forward in anticipation to their next installment."
— MORE FUZZ (7/25/16)