This Friday, March 9th, marks the release of While the Wheels Still Turn, the debut album from Greystone Canyon. For their first album, the Australian rockers wanted to bring to the table an album that reflects their love for Western movies and culture, as well as to pay homage to their influences that are deeply rooted in classic heavy metal — Ozzy Osbourne, Deep Purple, Megadeth, and Led Zeppelin. The album makes good on these intentions, offering a cowboy western vibe while staying true to their influences.
The lead single on the album, “Astral Plane”, is an attention grabber for sure. Lead singer Darren Cherry compares the sound to a “Megadeth meets Deep Purple vibe” but I hear a lot of sounds reminiscent of AC/DC and Rush, with the quick hits and larger than life sound. The third track on the album, “In These Shoes”, brings the heavy Megadeth and Metallica style of metal and thrash to the album — highlighted by excellent guitar work on both the quick riffs and solos and a few cool stylistic and tempo changes.
The guitar work on this album is fantastic. But it is the harmonies that catch my attention. “Path We Stray” has some really cool vocal harmony work that echos the dissonance used in old school Ozzy tracks. My favorite track on the album, entitled “River of Fire”, has some solid harmony in a slower song that has a really cool build to a heavy ending. There are also 3 short acoustic tracks on the record. Mainly used to transition and as filler, I will note that the intro track “Keeping Company with the Dead” takes me back to the Eagles and “Seven Bridges Road” with the quality of the vocals and harmony on that track.
I hear a lot of the classic influence on this album. There are also times that I hear a lot of influence from Australian hard rock bands like Seether. This is a great look for the band because they are seemingly able to create music that is not only unique, but has appeal to several generations of music fans! Whether you’re into metal, hard rock, or the classics, While the Wheels Still Turn is a great way to spend 35 minutes this weekend. You’ll be glad you did!
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