After leaving Destiny's End in April 2000, Perry Grayson wasted no time by founding progressive metal outfit Artisan with old pals Mike Bear (ex-Stormhaven, ex-Prototype) on bass/vocals and Ana Greco on guitar/backing vocals. Perry handled most of the aggressive vocals in Artisan, as well some clean backing vox. Artisan's search for a drummer was daunting, but they finally enlisted Matt Conley from Illinois metallers Vigilance in 2001. Artisan Mark I recorded a 4 song EP between late 2001 and 2002 that was released digital-only on their official website and MySpace profile. Another drummer search ensued, until Artisan Mk II was completed by drummer Justin Bouchee. High-profile Artisan gigs included support slots with Arch Enemy, Cathedral, Engine, Strapping Young Lad, Samael, Hate Eternal, Nile and Origin, not to mention an appearance at LA's Gates of Metal festival in 2003. Perry departed from Artisan in late 2003 to concentrate on Falcon.
Mar 11, 2010