OSYRON – Foundations
Osyron’s five-track EP entitled “Foundations” is not only a melodically rich and highly diverse musical opus, but also pretty damn difficult to classify or label as it incorporates elements from hard rock, progressive rock, and groovy heavy metal with a modern sheen to it. However, one could argue that due to its epic feel and these guys’ knack for conjuring up majestic atmospheres and sweeping melodies at times, perhaps the most appropriate term would be symphonic metal, so let us go with that one, okay?
“Foundations” is a varied and interesting piece of work that ranges from dark and introspective to aggressive and uplifting and then further on to mellow and brooding. Not only are there countless nuances and textures to be discovered here but also an impressive arsenal of wicked twists and turns that might take you several spins to wrap your head around. Having said that, there are many parts and aspects of the disc that are instantly memorable and quite easy to absorb, which is merely another way of saying that its compositions walk that fine line between being suitably challenging and charmingly catchy. Apart from the vocals lacking a bit of grit and intensity at times, the musicianship leaves nothing to be desired as such and the production is crunchy and muscular too. What about highlights then? The title track is clearly the most accomplished and spirited tune to be found here and is akin to a musical rollercoaster in terms of melodies, shifts, and moods. Opening track “The Cross” is a hard and crushing affair too and feels like a punch in the gut while “Battle of the Thames” is a bombastic and hauntingly beautiful ballad. Only “The Ones Below” pales ever so slightly in comparison to the other four songs but by no means does it suck – it merely lacks the sense of power and charisma that the others possess.
There is something deeply passionate about “Foundations”, and I am impressed by what these skilled Canadians have spawned. It will be interesting to see what the future holds for Osyron, and regardless of whether you dig Symphony X or Pain of Salvation, I suggest that you check this 29-minute gem out.