Parhelia are four very serious-looking gentlemen from Dublin who provide equally serious guitar instrumental epics on their first EP. Whereas most bands in this seemingly endless field seek to go for the quiet/loud approach, Parhelia like to keep their guitar lines resonant and strident. They also appreciate that it's essential to bring melody to the equation and 'First Light' is five tracks of belligerent but actually rather memorable angst; made up of equal parts post-rock and hard rock, which means they bring something a little different to the party. Whereas 'Cloudbreak' witnesses the four-piece at their most aggressive, their tunes ('A Second Changes Everything' and 'Ebb/Flow' especially) are complex, intricately constructed and worth perseverance. Moreover, Parhelia play with an intensity and conviction that should stand them in good stead for the future.