Thursday, August 18, 2022

Canyon pop and sparkle on Static EP

A power trio from Australia? A power trio from Australia with no Acca Dacca cloning? Yes please!

Say hello to Canyon, a Melbourne threesome who are an interesting blend of alternative metal but with rock and prog-ish tinges. Think late 90s/early 00s rock with added melodies providing an Audioslave or Rage Against The Machine vibe but with a definite identity of their own. The five tracks come in at 25 minutes, which used to be an album, but these days is probably an EP.

Opener ‘Insane’, is a short riff monster that was designed to be a single. Better measures can be gleaned from the much more structured and near-epic, ‘Keep Me Waiting’. This is six minutes of carefully crafted time changes, riffs and melodies wrapped up with a superb bassline and cymbal heavy drumming that, combined with a tasty guitar solo, shows what these guys are capable of. ‘Gone Before Your Time’ demonstrates they can do the ballad stuff too as the relatively gentle guitar and bass build lowers your defences so that when the edgy, slow-paced, bridge suddenly gives way to a monumental riff (with cowbell too!) proves that a ballad like this is an open invitation for those lighters to ignite. The final and title track, lightens only a little as the heavy/light/heavy approach with bass and guitar in harmony, with the added tempo games making it sound like an Aussie Budgie with alt. influences!

For a debut, this is a powerful statement that, if it had a few more guitar solos I would have liked it even more. But I’m confident that their brand of rock will cross many sub-genres; so give it a try and hear what is and, more importantly, what might be on their debut full-length album.

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Tom Dixon
North East born, South West domiciled music lover - mainly heavy rock & blues but not averse to other genres. I'm fortunate to have retired early & I can now take full advantage of the 40+ years I have spent collecting, listening, watching & playing (badly) & have enjoyed researching how blues in particular has shaped the music we know & love today. Now if only I could get my Strat & Musicman to sound in reality how they do in my head!

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