Quirky, experimental bands often get a lot of face time around the RMR officescape. It is just refreshing to see bands come in and offer a new spin on overused genres in the metal multiverse. The Slovenians Pyroxene do just that with their newest concoction. Even if they did not demonstrate a great lot of creativity by calling their EP – well – EP. The record is signed to the Finnish label Inverse Records.
Creativity will however arrive at your doorstep once you start on the first track. Energy levels going up straight away with Fireborn, the band happily mixes Hard Rock with Heavy Metal, throwing in some stoner and bluesy elements throughout the record. All of this spiced by a hardy vocal delivery, staunch riffing and the occasional solo. The cover for Electric Funeral (Paranoid – 1970) of the late Black Sabbath is pretty well done too. Albeit the famous Ozzy whine would need some more work. The same goes with some of the Heavy Metal screams on the record that come across as somewhat off-kilter.
On top they tell a story, so I am told. And this is always a good thing to bring purpose to a record. And it usually has a positive effect on quality, too. In addition, Pyroxene stay true to their metal and do not go down the silly road that some Power Metal folks have done. Or exploring the already often worn out progressive venues available to them.
So, whilst they have quite some room to improve, the EP is a pretty powerful and tasty morsel of crunchy metal. Newly wrapped. With a Heavy Metal ribbon around it. I like it.
Jan Tehovnik – vocals
Kristjan Hacin – solo guitar, backing vocals
Andraz Kumar – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Mate Hrovat – bass guitar, backing vocals
Domen Cizej – drums
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