TEMPLE BALLS – Pyromide (2021)
Finland based rockers TEMPLE BALLS made a big step: for their third album “Pyromide” they got signed by Frontiers Music, and the recording has been produced by the new golden boy in this matter: Jona Tee, of H.E.A.T
This is a a tour de force of melodic hard rock that sees the band pushing themselves onto the world stage via killer hooks, powerful rhythms, and anthemic rock ‘n roll like it was meant to be played.
For the past couple of years, Temple Balls has kept busy both in the studio and on the stage. Opening for such bands as Sonata Arctica, Queen, Deep Purple, and Uriah Heep, the band has proven to be more than capable to handle stages of any size, whether it be a big festival or your local club’s stage.
“Pyromide” is a stunning punch in the face for all lovers of genre, with a killer sound and catchy songwriting.
Opening with “Thunder From The North,” the first part of the album is highly anthemic but also incredibly rhythmic. Such cuts as “Long Ways, Long Lies” and “Fallen Youth” will have you headbanging to the beat. The twin guitar harmonies provided by Jiri Paavonaho and Niko Vuorela combine with Antti Hissa’s intense drums to offer a solid basis on top of which Arde Teronen can lay some hooky vocal melodies.
On the other hand, uber-melodic tracks “T.O.T.C” and “Bad Bad Bad” are going to make you sing along to the lyrics while dancing like a maniac to their infectious melodies. These two tracks seem to tread a fine line between hard and melodic rock as they are easy to vibe to while also carrying the same playful nature as WARRANT’s “Cherry Pie” or DEF LEPPARD’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me.” The way this part of the album is put together really gives a great ebb and flow to the music.
Track six “What Is Dead Never Dies” works like a transition piece into a more modern type of hard rock that the second part of the album serves to the listener. The track itself has a rather direct melody that is put to good use in the bombastic chorus, merging well with the groovy guitar line and pounding drums.
The tempo rises with “Unholy Night” and “Heart of A Warrior,” two tracks where Teronen’s vocals are the driving force, dancing atop a flurry of guitars, drums, and bass.
The album picks up momentum with “You Better Run” and energetic closer “Something To Die For” as the guitars and vocals work in tandem to create tight and up-beat melodies.
“If Only I Could” is the album’s ballad and is adorned with piano melodies, soulful and emotional vocals, and some nice percussion that accentuate certain moods and emotions that flow through the track.
Melodic ard rock can be extremely anthemic when done right and TEMPLE BALLS have crafted a really catchy and hooky album with “Pyromide.” These tunes will make the listeners tap their foots, headbang, do aerobics, or do air guitar while singing along to the addictive melodies.
The production, courtesy of H.E.A.T.’s very own Jona Tee, is crsip, polished and boasts enough power and vitality so that the album leaves you wanting more.
Highly recommended to fans of anthemic, high-energy rockin’ music, as “Pyromide” features plenty of such melodic treats.
01 – Thunder from the North
02 – Long Ways, Long Lies
03 – T.O.T.C.
04 – Fallen Youth
05 – Bad Bad Bad
06 – What is Dead Never Dies
07 – Unholy Night
08 – Heart of a Warrior
09 – You Better Run
10 – If Only I Could
11 – Something to Die For
Arde Teronen – Vocals
Jimi Välikangas – Bass
Jiri Paavonaho – Guitar
Niko Vuorela – Guitar
Antti Hissa – Drums