FyreSky’s debut EP ‘The Circle’ has left me very pleasantly surprised. It may only contain 5 tracks, and be recorded in a ‘Live Lounge’ style, but this doesn’t diminish the fact that the songs are all fundamentally quite strong.
It opens with ‘Magik Woman (Ritual Beginning)’, all dark incantations and catchy guitar riffs which really caught my attention. The song has a good chorus and a nice melody throughout. If the backing vocals were a little higher in the mix it would really lift the song up another level.
This is followed by ‘Falling’ which is quite a moody, uptempo song with nicely dark lyrics. This also contains some of the best lead guitar playing on the EP. Some of the lead vocals are a little too strained and take some of the lustre from an otherwise good song.
‘Raven And Sapphires’ follows hot on its heels and is possibly my favourite track here. All very dark and atmospheric with a strong chorus just made to be played live. The song also has a really nice lead break which definitely elevates it.
‘Ashes’ is next up and something about it brings to mind early Lacuna Coil, possibly the bottom heavy bass and guitar sound. No matter, it all leads to another strong chorus (sensing a bit of a trend here) and some really good vocal delivery.
The EP ends with the suitably titled ‘Invocation (The Circle)’ which is delivered almost incantation like and is suitably Poe-esque in its dark lyrics.
Overall I would have to say that I really enjoyed listening to the EP but it’s not without its flaws. The production leaves it a little flat as it’s played in a live setting. A little bit of work on the production values would lift this EP massively and make what are already strong songs sound even better. The EP is overall quite dark and would possibly benefit from a little contrast in mood.