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Tuple - Welcome to Hell

Welcome to Hell
by Jose L. Costa at 21 July 2021, 12:05 AM

As it seems, TUPLE is the kind of recording artist who, upon waking on any one side of his bed in the morning after his rest, it's never to be exactly the wrong side. Through either way, he has an unusual fortune for songwriting that is certainly up for scrutiny due to this album's dynastic value and dynamic take on the execution of production. The guitar sound is akin to the stalwarts of the Glam Rock and New Wave Genres of the Eighties but hearkens for a reasonable sense of its own identity upon a shifting in taste that may or may not work in TUPLE's favor.

QUEEN, SAMMY HAGAR, RUSH, CINDERELLA, EUROPE, POISON, EXTREME, and HANOI ROCKS all thrived, almost single handedly, on a frontman-based stature of musicianship that invoked ambition, in spite of a vocalist-only sense of deification in the band. It is throughout the quality of the songs that we are supposed to be enticed to new sounds & riches by our frontman and as it is in TUPLE's plan to stand out as broadly as possible. All the instruments that you'd expect to be present are certainly there, keyboards included, & with no talent wasted, but a shaky fulfilling of popularity depends on who's listening, with just as much certainty at this moment.

The fans of the second half of VAN HALEN, OZZY OSBOURNE, ALICE COOPER, and SAXON will be reasonably impressed by the vocals which bear the forefront of the prioritized aspects, or songwriting, for this act. The solos shine through even if they are mostly conventional but there is no attempt here for TUPLE to be something that they are not. It is evident that the band is serious about seizing their gifts, hence the feeling of transcendence one is invited to by the hope & ambition that TUPLE symbolizes with the wit in their harmonizations & lyrics. The vocals remind one of everyone from Biff Byford (SAXON), and even DAVE HILL (of NWOBHM band DEMON) to an extent as the wail found herein is forceful & marries the magic of the music with discipline & grace no matter what the subject matter.

"1-2-3-4 GO," and "Pride" are mid-paced but have a feeling of compelling drama, amid the catchy pace, & that keeps the listeners drawn after an inclusion of songs leading up to more than nine tracks, including a relatively somber duet in "Survive" featuring Miss Noora Louhimo, in a track that may sound odd to some only because it differs from previous tracks & may give the impression it may be taken from another album, (or is a bonus track).

When the album leads up to "Silver" it is then we are to encounter what may be the most 'progressive' track on the album as it runs over Seven minutes & subtly holds a candle to "Animal Magnetism" (SCORPIONS) after the previous tracks were characterized by the verse-to-verse exterior, but only for the 'first-while' to lead you to its conclusion, where the album's merit is found with perhaps unsuspecting poise. TUPLE's voice may change slightly to suit the lyrics but he never lets up & fills up each track like an expanding light that readies itself for vastness each time any one track makes it's mark through the assortment of guitar solos, & vibrant keyboard playing.

It is for the presence of this last track that we are to suspect even grander songwriting can be expected on future releases & possibly a meaningful restoration of faith in this style. It's also because of the New-Wave like vibes in the title track (which sounds like the instrumental music from the ROCKY IV soundtrack) that some may feel that TUPLE is either riding the coattails of Retro Dynamic Rock, or providing another candle to a sort of "Dad-Rock" he mainly centers around himself except the originality fulfilled in "Welcome to Hell" is convincing enough to find a bridge into this style once thought lost, in spite of the grinding of tastes against the minds of the younger, less experienced listeners of the millennial generation.

Songwriting:  7
Production:  7
Memorability:  7
Originality:  7

3 Star Rating

1. Welcome to Hell
2. Hold On to Me
3. 1-2-3-4 Go!
4. So Damn Cruel
5. Pride
6. Stay
7. Not Enough to Love Me
8. Hiding in Plain
9. Survive
10. Lies Grow Lies
11. Silver
Tommi Tuple - Everything
Record Label: AOR Heaven


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Edited 03 February 2023

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