HALCYON WAY – Building The Towers

HALCYON WAY - Building The Towers
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    HALCYON WAY - Building The Towers - 8/10


Nightmare Records
Release date: September 9, 2010

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Halcyon Way is an American Power / Thrash Metal band hailing from Atlanta, Georgia. These guys put a lot of heaviness and aggression into their music, while also putting forth some catchy melodies and amazing vocal harmonies. Building The Towers is the band’s second release, and it won’t be too long before they become a force among their contemporaries.

Halcyon Way consists of five very formidable musicians. Led by vocalist Steve Braun, a classically trained singer with over twenty years of experience, his powerful high voice is reminiscent of a younger James LaBrie. He puts an incredible amount of passion into his vocals, and pulls off some very killer harmonies. Lead guitarist Jon Bodan is the founding member of Halcyon Way, and is responsible for most of the songwriting and production. Bodan and rhythm guitarist Zane make a very heavy and shredding guitar duo. They provide the edginess and strength, which is the backbone of the band’s sound. Bassist Kris Maltenieks provides the signature Death Metal vocals that add a finishing touch to their songs.

Materially, the ten tracks on Building The Towers are very fresh and unique. All are very well written, and lyrically most of the songs are politically motivated. One of the tracks that stands out is “The System,” which is a very high energy song with a catchy melody. This song is a good track that exemplifies the signature sound of Halcyon Way with great harmonies and crushing guitars. Another striking song is the sinister-sounding “Desecration Day” featuring Braun singing some awesome grinding vocals. There is almost a Prog Metal feel to this song with the opening keyboards and overlaying guitar solos. They pull it off quite well as they really show off some of their diversity with this track.

Arguably the best track on the album is the haunting “Inside Looking Out”. It begins with a tender vocal sequence and quickly moves into the menacing heavy theme of the song. Once again, this song is politically influenced lyrically, and is almost reminiscent of a Jon Schaffer / Iced Earth composition performed on a very high emotional level both musically and lyrically.

Building The Towers does provide a fresh sound on the American Metal scene. With more artists coming from the European market, finding a comparable American band is becoming increasingly difficult. Halcyon Way puts out a good quality mix of Thrash and Progressive sound via this release. They have impressive heavy guitar riffs, distinguished and precise vocals, as well as an imposing sound that will make you want to listen more and more.


  • Sean Meloy

    Sean Meloy was a reviewer, interviewer and DJ here at Metal Express Radio, based out of Iowa , USA. By day he is a straight laced, buttoned up, number crunching accountant; armed with his portable calculator. All other times he is a hard rocking Metal head! He spent many hours listening to records and 8-tracks with his father. Classic bands such as Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, Kansas, Led Zeppelin, and Eric Clapton just to name a few. His father bought him his first record, Kiss Alive II, at age 6. By the time he reached his teens he was discovering all the Classic Metal of the 1980’s; Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Twisted Sister, etc. He became a huge fan of the Thrash Metal of the time as well; Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Exodus, and Overkill. During the 1990’s he experimented with the Grunge and Hard Rock. However, by the time the millennium came he found himself going back to his roots and rebuilt the music collection he started in his teens.

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