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    Calyces 'Impulse To Soar' Album Review By JD Rich

    Calyces

    Impulse To Soar

    Independent Release

    October 16, 2020

    Album Review By JD Rich

    Boston Rock Radio

     

     

    A lot of stuff from bands from around the globe have appeared in my inbox, and I’m always interested in hearing different influences from faraway lands and how they incorporate their unique cultures and viewpoints into their music. If I recall correctly, this is the first review for a Metal band based in the Hellenic Republic- more commonly known to us in North America as Greece. So grab some Ouzo (not to be confused with orzo), and settle in for a brief peek into Impulse To Soar, the upcoming release from Greek Metal group Calyces. (No Google translations necessary. Their English is better than that of some people I went to college with.) I do, however, have a hunch that overseas interpretations of various rock subgenres vary between the continents. While their press kit described them as being Prog Metal, I would nudge the description a little bit more towards the Metalcore or NuMetal categories.

     

    To understand the essence of Calyces’ standpoint, I first have to lay out a user-friendly definition of their moniker. Calyces (pronounced CAL licksez, so you don’t sound like one of my previously mentioned former college peers) means empty cavities or chambers (plural). There is even a track on Impulse To Soar called “The Great Void” acknowledging the hollow theme, If anything can be said about Calyces, it is that they are the opposite of empty.​ 

     

    Aggressive vocals by Manthos Stergiou (who seems to come fully equipped with leather lungs and a commanding voice) drive the telltale vibe of Hard Rock. Finger-shredding riffs, courtesy of Giannis Golfis, sounds like his instrument is an extension of himself as he musically bends the guitar to his will with every pluck and strum. The force of the momentum is driven by heavy-hitter Alexis Stavropolus, timekeeper and tempo master extraordinaire. Finally, Stelios Tragos rounds out Calyces on bass, working in tandem with Stavropolus adding a thick layer of audio dimension necessary to fill any sonic gap. He’s given multiple instances to showcase his skills, most noticeably in an instrumental track near the album's end. ("Uneven Loops") highlighting his crucial contributions. The end product throughout Impulse To Soar is a 51-minute bounteous serving of NuMetal audio goodness. The last 3+ minutes of the album does an about-face that is pretty much an acoustic noodling session complete with false starts, some throat-clearing, and a small burp thrown in for good measure. That’s a confident band right there, not afraid to add some behind-the-scenes flubs and rawness for some lighthearted humor.​

     

    Even though Calyces is a relatively new band, the musicians themselves are not new to the music industry, all having previous experience. This quartet is far from amateur status. They could absolutely hold their own at any Metal music festival- if we ever get back to those ancient golden days of live concerts. I have hope, and I don’t think I’m alone. Until then, don’t deny your impulse to enjoy fresh Rock when Impulse To Soar touches down on October 16th. Στην υγειά σας!

     

     

     

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