If Nirvana and Karnivool went into the studio together, the result would be something close to Euphony’s debut EP Ethereal. With driving riffs, hammering drums and dynamic vocals, this record will make you wish there was more than four songs to devour.
Opening track Million Ways begins with whimsical vocals and pounding riffs, before taking a Nirvana-esque turn. My favourite thing about this track is the vocal delivery which reminds me of Kurt Cobain’s gruff-like drawls on Nevermind. Basically, this song made my ears happy straightaway.
Achilles Heal and This Place continue to please, alternating stripped back sections with cool layers of sound. Title track Ethereal is everything the name suggests – the boy/girl response vocals are spot on and make me think this is what a duet between Karnivool and Amy Lee of Evanescence would sound like. The two complement each other beautifully and make for an inspired listening experience.
Overall, Euphony have drawn on influences like Nirvana, Dead Letter Circus, Karnivool and Smashing Pumpkins to deliver a solid debut that will appeal to fans of alternative rock and anyone that likes well-crafted tunes. Definitely looking forward to hearing more from this Brisbane band!