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Thieves In The Temple - 2003 Thick As Thieves

Dave Fiorini - vocals; guitars
Dan Wexler - guitars
Michael Nitro - bass
Jimmy D - drums, vocals

There's some raw power on display here, that's for sure. If you can imagine Stuck Mojo's Rich Ward and his Sick Speed project crossed with Floridian megastars Creed, then you'll end up on the other side of the country in Arizona listening to the impressive Thieves In The Temple. Residents of Phoenix AZ, and featuring the guitarist from eighties melodic rock heroes Icon, in Dan Wexler, TITT are out to exorcise a few ghosts with some bone-crunching metal. Taking a leaf out of yesteryears metallized overtures, TITT combine them with the sort of music the young puppies have been churning out since the turn of the new millenium. It's brutal yes, pulls no punches, and mixes 'amped up adrenalin' with 'razor cutting' riffs. 'Not a whiff of Icon in sight' he says!

The Songs
Thieves In The Temple also features ex Seattle resident Dave Fiorini, and he brings a post grunge rock attitude down to Arizona where it gets sundried and tested through a blaze of Soldano amps. With Wexler joined at the hip, the guitars are guaranteed to get in your face. You get to hear their rendition of Jimi Hendrix's 'Hey Joe', the guitars have smoke coming out them, and the wahwah effects are straight out of 1969 - even Steve Stevens would be impressed, effects maniac that he is! Hey, I can even understand the lyrics this time. The blistering six-string antics continue on the pairing of 'Crazy' and 'Fade'. Not to be outdone, the last two tracks 'God' and 'Shook Me' certainly ensure this album does not end with a whimper. Your ass is kicked from front to back and reverse by the time 41 minutes is up. ' Pray For Me' - reflective in title is hardly that in musical terms, containing a smoky bar-room riff straight off a Tora Tora album!

In Summary
The band have recently played on the undercard for the likes of The Scorpions and Whitesnake, and coming up on March 16, will support KISS in Las Vegas. So, these guys certainly know what it takes to rock out big time. For those at the heavier end of the spectrum, I'm sure you'll take to these guys in no time. Even if you're a melodic rocker with a liking for bands like Spread Eagle, Saints And Sinners, or the aforementioned Sick Speed, there is certainly lots of common ground to be had. Great name, groovy metal in the 'hard as nails' bracket. Did someone mention Icon? Nah.

Track Time: 41.10

Track Listing:
01 Boneyard
02 Crazy
03 Pray For Me
04 Be A Man
05 Fade
06 Hey Joe
07 Fugit
08 Down
09 God
10 Shook Me

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