I’m super excited to dive into the mesmerizing world of Ivory Dusk and their debut EP, “Tempered.” These talented musicians hail from Albany and the Great Southern region, delivering a unique blend of alternative heavy rock that’s bound to leave a lasting impression.
Let’s start by acknowledging the exceptional production, mixing, and mastering work by James Newhouse of Lamb Chop in Bunbury, WA. With a resume that includes working with renowned artists like John Butler, San Cisco, and The Waifs, it’s no surprise that the four dynamic tracks on “Tempered” sound impeccable from start to finish.
The EP kicks off with the hard-hitting track “Fold You,” which immediately grabs your attention with its overdriven guitars and poetic, thought-provoking lyrics. There’s a touch of that System of a Down feel in the rhythm that adds an extra punch.
“Whisper” showcases Ivory Dusk’s fantastic guitar tones and impressive vocal prowess. The rhythm serves as a deep dive, allowing the lyrics to fill you with meaning and purpose. The crisp and clean guitar work harmonizes beautifully with the textured high-hat patterns, adding a delightful spice to the overall sound. The song takes unexpected twists and turns, keeping you engaged throughout. The vocal performance, ranging from powerful melodic lines to raw screams, demonstrates the band’s versatility.
“In Thrall” stands out with its infectious riff that rivals those of many established metal bands. The band’s tight execution and flawless synchronization between drums and guitars create an explosive and captivating experience. Ivory Dusk knows how to hold an audience, and their ability to create awe-inspiring moments is truly commendable. This track is a testament to their skill and their willingness to push the boundaries of their genre.
As we reach the end of the EP, “Chase Me” takes us on an enchanting sonic adventure. It’s an immersive journey that unveils Ivory Dusk’s ability to create atmospheric soundscapes. The absence of percussion in certain sections allows the lyrics to take center stage, while a mesmerizing single-note riff adds depth to the composition. It’s a grand finale that leaves a lasting impression.
With their first EP, Ivory Dusk proves that they are a band to watch in the alternative heavy rock scene. “Tempered” showcases their growth, experimentation, and ability to craft engaging and immersive musical experiences. The band’s singles, “It’s Over, Simulation” and “Concede,” are notable highlights that exemplify their sonic progression.
In conclusion, “Tempered” is a triumph for Ivory Dusk, offering a tantalizing glimpse into their musical prowess. Their infusion of melody into the realm of metal, tight musicianship, and willingness to explore new horizons are truly refreshing. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us next. Ivory Dusk has left an indelible mark with “Tempered,” and their future releases are highly anticipated.
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