Label: Self-released Releasedate: 29-05-2020
Ironstone is a progressive band from Australia, more precisely Melbourne. This is their first EP, Prophecy, first release ever, and it’s an interesting starting point. I have to say that these guys got me curious about what they are going to do next and what the next steps are.
Firstly, “Downpour” is our intro to this band, where it works wonders to let us know what we have to expect, guitars working together steady, proper drum rhythm, and a combination of growl with melodic vocals. As we go further, the sounds become more complex. Specifically, the third track, “Better Unseen”, seems to me as a pretty complete work, with all the members showing that they have a role to play in the composition.
There is one thing, though. While we have a growl attempt here and a generally powerful vocal capacity from the lead singer, I can’t help feeling there should be a little bit more push for higher tones instead. Also be careful with your voices, please! Many metal singers got in serious trouble because they didn’t know how to do it properly and they didn’t take lessons at the right time. I like growling as much as the next guy, but I’m always concerned.
Now that my pedagogic time is over, let’s contiue the review. For sure “Hollow” is my favorite track, as it starts in a very cool way, which reminds me of these last years’ progressive metal acts and not only. It seems like they have some influences from Parkway Drive in the Metalcore vibe. I need, however, to keep a safe space between both acts. Ironstone just arrived, while Parkway Drive has been at the top of metalcore for the last decade, at least. The influence is there.
Lastly, “Origin” does its job, which is saying goodbye to the listeners. I bet these guys finish their concerts with this one in order to get a sing-along from the crowd. There is definitely a combination of vocals and slowed tempo, as to rock a cradle and say bye to the audience.
In conclusion, I think this is an interesting first release for Ironstone. I have a warning, though. For sure it suits my taste of music and I would very much enjoy seeing them live. I have to warn, though, that I don’t see myself singing along, but will most likely headbang.
- Dan Charlton – Lead Vocals
- Edward Warren – Lead Guitar, Vocals
- Aidan Kalms – Rhythm Guitar
- Oliver Hosking – Bass Guitar
- Jackson Whyte – Drums, Vocals
3. Better Unseen
4. Killed A Man