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Tempestt - 2008 Bring 'Em On

ARTIST: Tempestt
ALBUM: Bring 'Em On
LABEL: Metal Heaven
YEAR: 2008


LINEUP: BJ - vocals * Gustavo Barros - guitars, vocals * Paulo Soza - bass, vocals * Edu Cominato - drums, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Faking Time * 02 Bring 'Em On * 03 A Life's Alibis * 04 Insanity Desire * 05 Too High * 06 Enemy In You * 07 Fallen Moon * 08 Lose Control * 09 Redoma * 10 Healing * 11 Don't Stop Believing (Journey Cover)


WEBLINKS: www.tempestt.com.br

Here's a new Brazilian band that seem to be getting mainstream press after all this time. I guess being signed to a well-known label such as Metal Heaven helps their cause, but another melodic rock identity - Jeff Scott Soto, has also jumped on the bandwagon of Sao Paulo based metallers Tempestt. Though they have a melodic streak, they mainly drift to the prog metal side of the fence, albeit a leaner version. This band have been around for a few years now, starting life off in Sao Paulo during 1999 as the covers band Riverside. Persuaded to start writing their own material, the boys changed direction and along with a new band-name (Tempestt) they take on new management, to finally complete their debut album 'Bring Em On' at the tail-end of 2006, marketed for local release in Brazil during April 2007. Now, nearly a year later, the album has been re-distributed for an assault on the European market - through Metal Heaven.

The Songs
The music is a mix of complex prog/power metal soundscapes and shorter simpler hard rock structures. It's not overly produced - sounding spartan in places, but what is apparent, Tempestt have a very good singer in 'BJ', who brings color and texture to their songs. The lead-off track 'Faked By Time' demonstrates their sense of Dream Theater like complexity, with a commanding and dextrous performance. Those guitars get down and dirty on the title track 'Bring Em On' - very heavy as in traditional European power metal, while BJ growls in the best tradition! The sweeping epic ballad 'A Life's Alibi' is a stand-out for me. It combines orchestration with power to good effect. Jeff Scott Soto joins BJ for the co-lead vocal on 'Insanity Desire', a very moody piece that reminds me of Winger's 'Pull' album. Both vocalists sing all over this one! Moving back to the prog side of the driveway is 'Too High', a track which changes tack like a yacht struggling in shifty offshore breezes! Starting off with a lilting piano based intro, 'Enemy In You' morphs into a power ballad of immense proportions that times out at just under eight minutes. 'Fallen Moon' is Tempestt's demonstration of European like power metal, classy stuff, full of power, with no dipping and diving into complex prog. 'Lose Control' is another to appeal with it's rapid-fire drumming and relentless riffs. Another superb acoustic ballad 'Healing' is provided - showing what a great talent BJ is! The band offer two new tracks on their Metal Heaven release (versus the band's earlier 2007 release on Dynamo Records) being: 'Higher (I Can Land)' and the Journey chestnut 'Don't Stop Believin' - harking back to their days as a cover band.

In Summary
Tempestt have just completed a stint as Soto's support band during March 2008 which took in the UK and Europe. Soto fans were able to see first hand how Tempestt shaped up, by all accounts it went well. There's no denying this band have talent. They just need to decide which camp they are going to plant both feet in. Will it be the prog metal camp, or will it be the melodic hard rock camp? Hopefully soon, we will see a new album which will provide us with that answer. In the meantime, investigate with a degree of certainty that Tempestt are indeed a band on the rise. And if for whatever reason the band don't make it, I'm pretty certain that their lead singer is a star in the making.

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#1 | YNGWIEVIKING on April 17 2008 07:55:56
this guys are unbelievable!
very young and so talented, very skilled and very PROs!
B.J. is an hell of a singer, i think the comparison with mats LEVEN and j.s.SOTO is right!
with DR SIN/HANGARand the new band of ANDRE MATOS we 've got here the perfect Brazilian Pack!
the mix between classic and more actual MELODIC METAL is the perfect blend that so many bands are searching for!
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