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Temple Balls 'Pyromide' Album Review By JD Rich

Temple Balls

Pyromide

Frontiers Music s.r.l

April 16, 2021

Album Review By JD Rich

Boston Rock Radio

 

 

Welcome to mid-spring! My sympathies to those of you still shoveling snow in some areas or dealing with other bizarre weather fluctuations. I have a new album review featuring some hot tracks that will get you up and moving in no time! This time, we’re getting more tasty tones from Finland. I swear, with all the great Hard Rock that comes out of that Nordic country, there must be some kind of talent-amplifying chemical in the water over there. Think about it: Finland is almost one and a half sizes smaller than the state of California, yet the majority of incredible music explodes out of the Land of a Thousand Islands. Temple of Balls is no exception.​

This five-man band just released their sophomore album Pyromide, and I think I’m in love. Their kind of Hard Rock plants one foot in the past while keeping a finger on the pulse of Rock fans. Strong Hairband vibes meld with wild-man harmonies and dynamite energy. Singer Arde Teronen gravitates toward the higher range that 80’s Glam bands used to climb, but he also has the ability to drop down to a lower, more sultry timbre. Guitarists Niko Vuorela and Jiri Paavonaho launch a two-pronged attack with high-intensity riffs that feature rapid-fire fretwork and detailed melodies. Anti Hissa is also locked and loaded as he pounds the hell out of the drums without mercy. Jimi Välikangas inserts clean, reliable bass lines that throb low and sweet.​

The one ballad, “If I Only Could,” slows down as the album nears Pyromde’s finish (or Finnish, for those of you who love horrid puns), and gently deposits us back to earth. Flanked by elegant piano composition and guitar power riffs, this track is reminiscent of chart-topping power ballads of the 80s.

Overall, Pyromide gives us a fun nostalgic ride with fast-paced contemporary production characteristics. Temple Balls aren’t screwing around when it comes to delivering top-notch music - especially for Hard Rock fans who were influenced by the carefree days of glitz and glam. There’s a feeling of showmanship here that is rarely conveyed through just the music alone.

If their style is any indication, I, for one, can’t wait to see what these guys bring to the stage. Unfortunately, for those of us on the North American side of this big blue marble, we may have to wait until 2022. Until then, it’s a good thing Pyromide is available now to hold us over.

 

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