Every so often, one chances across an album that manages to provoke both pleasure and ambiguity, and Turanis’ self-titled album does just this. Crisp production and polished vocals are present from cover to cover. Vocalist Simon Gordon truly excels in each consecutive song, and Wayne “Rivit” Bridge’s guitar is tastefully mixed to gel with Dan Mullins’ downplayed rock drumming. In these respects, there’s a great deal of thought to the theory behind the mixing – let the vocals lead and have the band carry listeners along for the ride. “A Ravens View” is where Gordon’s delivery shines brightest, but the numbers both before and after make use of comparable structures and emotive qualities. “It All Ends” begins to introduce a slightly more nuanced dynamic between the presence and absence of the different instruments, but does end up back in familiar territory. It’s only at “The Loss” where a more tangible shift in the instrumental dynamics finally takes place, albeit still well within the goth/rock and power metal vein. Ultimately, Turanis is an impressive first album, but also sadly somewhat lacking; it does well by editing down and doing what it does well, but it also slips by before a lasting sense of tension or resolution has been created. Fans of Iron Maiden and the myriad bands who have followed in their footsteps will enjoy this debut EP’s chops, but further evolution and refinement will be needed to keep audiences coming back for more.