Kyshera – ‘Circle’ [Review]
In the music business, few stories are topped off by a happy ending. Trying times, setbacks, and struggles are common – and more often than not, even the most valiant resistance meets with failure.
This was especially the case during the old days of the music industry, when clever but often ego-blinded gatekeepers held the keys to success behind their backs while muttering vague excuses (or screaming in apoplectic rage). Today, things are different. Thanks to social media, bands and artists can connect directly with their fans – and with the rise of crowdfunding platforms, those same fans can help the music they want to hear get made without financially-motivated backseat drivers watering things down.
Kyshera are the perfect band for this new age. At a time when pop-rock acts with nice smily poster-friendly faces and syrupy lyrics about (fuck, I’m actually going to have to google some One Direction lyrics here)…wait…how women should be treated as property…and which were written by six people (only two of whom were actually in the band)…
Ok, wait. I need to cool down. Fucking One Direction. Let’s start again.
At a time when godawful, paper-thin pop-rock bands are everywhere, we sorely need an alternative. Kyshera provide precisely that. Circle is a fat, intense, and chunky set of alt-metal tracks which owes much to the existence of millennial rock bands, and even more to those who paid for it to be made via PledgeMusic. Combining the politicised angst of Disturbed with riffs Dan Donegan, Wes Borland, and Tom Morello would be proud to have penned, Kyshera are not aiming for the heart of the lamestream here. Rather, they’re set on sparking a whole new movement.
Songs like Napoleon, Demon, Inertia, and Break This all speak directly to those incompatible with bands more focussed on primping, preening, and posturing than making meaningful music, and achieve that direct contact through intense riffs, wild vocals, and confident melodies. Meanwhile, Gone takes things down a notch in terms of ferocity while simultaneously turning up the vulnerability and festival-friendliness, and the appropriately-titled closing track The End seems tailor-made to be shared with fields full of sweaty revellers dancing under starlight.
In short, Circle is a great step up for Kyshera. You can tell these guys have pushed themselves to the limit here, and the raw emotion on display cannot fail to move an open listener. Very cool, and still another great reason to get behind Kyshera ASAP.
TMMP RATING: 88%
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