Thursday, June 11, 2009

Review -- KIROS -- A Single Strand

A SINGLE STRAND
Kiros
Torque Records
8.5-put-of-10

I always appreciate when a band kicks it hard with the opening cut on a CD, and Kiros does that here with the song Strengthen Me, which plain old rocks.
Now there is a worry at times that a band that kicks it hard to open can't maintain the momentum. Of course the ones that can rise above the average.
In that regard, Kiros is flying above the average, because the second cut, Hold Your Breath is a sweet effort, that stands as a winner in its own right.
From there Kiros punches out another 10 songs, maintaining the energy.
Musically, the band stays upbeat, clean and smooth. The band is your typical mix these days, with Jon Purschke and Ryan Guerra on guitars, Guerra also adds piano at times, with Tyler Wells on drums and Barry MacKichan on bass. It's a tried and true rock formula and these guys make it work like the proverbial charm.
MacKichan is also the lead singer for Kiros, and he's good, no make that very good. He has a voice that just fits the genre.
As for best cuts here, take the 12 songs, toss in a hat, and draw one. Any cut pretty well warrants being called a top song. Yes that is hedging things a bit as a reviewer. In the end I'd go with Alone Tonight, and the aforementioned leads cut as the best, but as stated this is just a solid effort start to finish.
Mark this one a can't miss, must have effort.
Check them out at www.kiros.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper June 10, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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