Graular is a promising progressive rock band I discovered a month ago with their game-changer song, Dark Triad, released as a single in 2021. For those who haven’t heard about the band before, Graular has started their careers with a single called Shark in 2018. Since then, the band released two more singles, Collide (2020) and Dark Triad (2021). Now, please give the song a listen while reading the rest of the article.
Graular is definitely one of the most impressive acts I have listened to lately, making progressive music with an irresistible blend of traditional and modern elements, especially in this song. First of all, the band is making a big difference with their influences. The richness in their composition is separating Graular from any other band on the planet. Hands down.
Dark Triad truly is a fantastic piece of work, a composition with tons of creative and rich elements. They show potential with their approach, blend, intelligent songwriting skills, and of course, musicianship. They are very talented on both technical and musical sides, which we don’t see happening very often. Their musical influences in this song have pieces from progressive genius Steven Wilson and his epic project, Porcupine Tree, to another Scandinavian progressive death metal legends, Opeth. I love all these bands, so it didn’t take a long time for me to like what the band is actually trying to do here.
The song’s overall vibe is closer to positive than dark, polished with a pop-rock music mix. As I mentioned above, the composition is quite rich and flawlessly maintains the listeners’ attention from the beginning to the end. When it comes to the origins of their melodies, for some reason, they reminded me of some classic songs from the 90s, such as The Cardigans, No Doubt, REM, and so on. This is a melody-based song with a successful approach both on vocals and instrumentals, which is one of the essential characteristics of this band. Some bands out there are very talented with their technical or melodic side; these Norwegian gentlemen have them both and not afraid to show what they got in Dark Triad, which is their only fourth officially released song. Am I impressed? Hell yes.