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Greystone Canyon: While The Wheels Still Turn
Greystone Canyon - While The Wheels Still Turn CD Album Review

Greystone Canyon: While The Wheels ...

(Melodic) Heavy Metal
4.5/5.0

For Australia's Greystone Canyon, the inspiration for their music comes from a combination of several sources: the American West, film Westerns, their own Aussie outback and, of course, classic rock and metal. They cite influences like Led Zeppelin, Ozzy Osbourne, Megadeth, and Australia's own AC/DC. Greystone Canyon arrives with their debut long player, While The Wheels Still Turn.

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Greystone Canyon

Essentially, Greystone Canyon plays heavy metal with the accessibility of melodic hard rock, yet with some variation. Astral Plane, for instance, is riff frisky power metal with an abundance of guitar solos. Path We Stray moderates the pacing, staying heavy and steady throughout, again with the sharp riffage and burning solos. Then Take Us All moves more on that accessible hard rock groove, yet the metal riffage rises and, once more, the solos thrill.

Also, drawing upon their influences, Greystone Canyon drops in their affinity for Western tones. You'll hear it at the beginning of In These Shoes and more largely within The Sun Sets. The same sound takes on a more Mexican flavor with the two instrumentals Cinco Cuerda Bandito (Five String Bandito) and Sombrero Serenade. Both songs reminded me of Antonio Banderas' El Mariachi character in Robert Rodiguez' Desperado. Simply, While The Wheel Still Turn is a strong debut for Greystone Canyon, a fine and entertaining album classic melodic heavy metal with some interesting twists. Recommended.



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Simply, While The Wheel Still Turn is a strong debut for Greystone Canyon, a fine and entertaining album classic melodic heavy metal with some interesting twists. Recommended.

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