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Chilean doom metal outfit Mar de Grises (in English, Sea of Gray) formed in 2000. Their 2002 demo was strong enough to secure them a deal with the Firebox Records label, which in turn would release the band's debut full-length, The Tatterdemalion Express, in 2004. The well-received album helped Mar de Grises break into the doom metal scene in Europe, where the band would play shows in the countries of France, Holland, Spain, and Germany, to name but a few. The band buzzed with activity in 2008 (notable after four years of relative quiet), releasing its sophomore full-length, Draining the Waterheart, and spending the late spring of that year touring Europe again.
Mar de Grises is a Chilean death/doom metal band created in 2000. A good translation of "Mar de Grises" would be "Sea of Grief," even when Grises is the plural form for grey, the color of sorrow in Spanish as it is blue in English.
Members of the band met while studying at university and formed a group just with the idea to spend some leisure time.
Inspired in bands like My Dying Bride, In the Woods..., Emperor, Poema Arcanus, Anathema, Samael, Death, Tiamat, At The Gates, and non-metal bands
Their compositions, while embracing canons from an evolutionary doom metal style, float around other genres such as progressive rock, post-rock, ambient, electronic music, death metal and others.
Their first demo was recorded in 2002, and was convincing enough to get them a contract with Finnish label, Firebox Records. This was quite rare at the time for a rock or metal band from South America, as the band was barely even known in Chile itself.
With Firebox Records, Mar de Grises released their first LP titled "The Tatterdemalion Express" in January 2004, with sound engineers that had previously worked with bands like Six Magics and Poema Arcanus. The album got a very good reception and was acclaimed by critics, earning titles like "Best Doom Album" and "Best New Band" from important magazines.
In 2005 Mar de Grises toured Europe for the first time, performing in France, the Netherlands, Spain, Belgium and Italy. The tour included festivals like Doom Shall Rise and Belgian Doom Night.
In 2006, singer Marcelo Rodríguez left the band and was replaced by Juan Escobar.
In September 2007 Mar de Grises started to record their second album at the same studio where the first one was completed.
In 2008, Mar de Grises finished and released their second album, called "Draining the Waterheart", and started their second European Tour from 16 April to 12 May, performing 20 concerts in 10 countries (Portugal, Spain, France, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Switzerland, Belgium, Finland). During that tour, they traveled with bands like Saturnus and Thurisaz, including a short tour in Finland (Helsinki, Turku and Seinajoki) with Ablaze in Hatred. In Finland, Mar de Grises performed at the Firebox Metal Festival, sharing the stage with bands like Dark Tranquillity, Impaled Nazarene and Enslaved.
In 2010, Mar de Grises signed a contract with global French label, Season of Mist, moving away from Finland-based label, Firebox.
In 2011, Streams Inwards was rated the Metal Storm No. 1 doom metal album of 2010 by users.