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Temple Balls - Untamed Award winner

Temple Balls
by "Metal Mark" Garcia at 09 May 2019, 4:55 AM

During the 80s, the commercial success of QUIET RIOT’s “Metal Health” (the first Metal album to reach the top of Billboard’s parade on history) and DEF LEPPARD’s “Pyromania” started an invasion of Glam Metal/Hard Rock bands, with the focus on Californian scene (Sunset Boulevard was a Mecca for the genre on those days). But in the beginning of the 90s, the genre almost died during Grunge Rock success years. In the past decade, the genre came back to life, but the poles that breed new bands changed to Sweden and Finland. This is the reason for names as TEMPLE BASS, a Finnish quintet from Uolo, came and used their creative talent to create new Glam Metal/Hard Rock albums as “Untamed”, their second and latest release.

We can say that they carry a strong influence from the mix of Glam Metal from the 80s with some touches from Hard Rock from the 70s. It’s really filled with a nasty energy, but always with charming melodies, great choruses and backing vocals. But their energy is excellent, sounding alive and being far from sounding as a bunch of guys who misses the 80s. No, they’re great, indeed, and their music sounds amazing. The sound quality of “Untamed” is really great, catching all their musical elements and bounding them into something that can be aggressive, melodic and clean, and with the right heavy touches. The set of instrumental tunes is really excellent, too, for they sound alive and modern, fitting into something that wouldn’t sound like in the past. So, it can be said as a nice work from Tobias Lindell (who mixed and mastered the album).

Be prepared for a massive sound adorned with charming melodies, and a touch of feline aggressiveness in many moments. But the Glam impact of “Infinity” (what lovely melodies, great vocals and backing vocals), the commercial insight of “Distorted Emotions” (an accessible song, with excellent work from bass guitar and drums), the nasty energy and excellent guitars of “Pauline” (how lovely sounds the solos), the modern vibe of “Leap of Faith” (it will remind some of the albums from the end of Glam Metal successful era), the catchy musical outfit of “Hoist the Colours” (another great chorus, and some AOR influences can be heard on the melodies), and energetic shot given by “Badlands” are their finest moments in a album with all songs being their finest shots.

“Untamed” is amazing, and (in a personal opinion of this writer) unfortunately, it won’t be released in Brazil, because it made of me a fan of their work.

Originality: 8
Songwriting: 10
Memorability: 10
Production: 10

5 Star Rating

1. Infinity
2. Kill the Voice
3. Distorted Emotions
4. Pauline
5. Ball and Chain
6. Leap of Faith
7. Hoist the Colours
8. Seven Seas of Wonder
9. Badlands
10. The End
Arde Teronen - Vocals
Jiri Paavonaho - Guitars, Backing vocals
Niko Vuorela - Guitars, Backing vocals
Jimi Välikangas - Bass, Backing vocals
Antti Hissa - Drums
Record Label: Ranka Kustannus Oy


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