Tuesday, October 21, 2008

CD Review: Tesla Will Rock "Forever More"

Rock veterans, Tesla wasted no time recording their follow-up to last year's covers album "Real to Reel". After coming off a world tour, the band entered the studio right away with producer Terry Thomas to record the band's newest album "Forever More". It is their first album of original material in 4 years.

An acoustic interlude gives way to a pounding drum beat and a screaming guitar before the band comes in full force on the album's opening track "Forever More". The overall sound of the album is a more grittier Tesla than their last original album. The band seems to have more power behind their playing as shown on the album's first single, "I Wanna Live". The band wastes no time or energy with the up tempo "One Day At A Time". "So What!" is the band's "arena rock" song that will have audiences singing along to the chorus when performed live. A couple of the more meaningful songs on the album are "Just In Case" and "Fallin' Apart". Lead singer Jeff Keith sings his heart out on these power ballads.

The dual guitar attack of Frank Hannon and Dave Rude is heard throughout the album, highlighted by the song "Breakin' Free". "All Of Me" is a hard rocker with a "head-banging" tempo provided by drummer Troy Luccketta. "The First Time" is an upbeat, positive song about being "extraordinary". Tesla is not comfortable being a political band, but they do touch upon the war by paying a tribute to the troops and their loved ones in the song "Pvt. Ledbetter". "In A Hole Again" starts off slow, before the band comes in full force. It also features a great guitar solo by Frank Hannon, but it's Brian Wheat's bass playing and backup singing that gives the song it's power. The album ends with a heavy rocker that almost has Jeff Keith "rapping" through the lyrics on the song "The Game".

Tesla is currently on a world tour in support of this new album. They will be performing Saturday, October 25 at the Webster Theatre in Hartford. The new album is called "Forever More" and is available online and in stores now. Check out www.teslatheband.com for more info on their new album and current tour.

The band Pop Evil will be opening for Tesla on their current tour. They are promoting their new album "Lipstick On The Mirror". Their music is hard hitting with a hard rock sound and some hip-hop style lyrics thrown in here and there. Songs like "Hero" and "Breathe" are a couple of examples their heaviest songs with some great harmonies giving the song a more modern feel to them. Songs like "100 In A 55" and "Stepping Stone" both start mellow with a nice acoustic guitar before Leigh Kakaty take over the song and brings it into overdrive. Show up early and check out Pop Evil before rockin' out to Tesla.

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