Tempestt – Bring Em On

June 21st, 2008
by Celtic Bob

Tempestt

Bring Em On


2008, Metal Heaven/Border Music

Rating: 3.0/5


Tempestt comes from Sao Paolo Brazil and have been around since the 90’s. They started out playing covers from bands like Journey, Kansas, Europe, Queen and Bon Jovi and they did so well that they soon got a very loyal fanbase that followed the band around. They played with bass demon Billy Sheehan and were support to singer Jeff Scott Soto when he toured through Brazil. It was after that tour that the members felt the urge to start writing their own material and stopped doing covers.

The simplest way to describe Tempestt’s music is technical and well-played melodic hard rock. There are some progressive elements in the music but thankfully the band didn’t use any keyboards in their music; instead they relied on vocals, guitar, bass and drums. And when you hear their music it’s easy to believe the band played covers of Kansas, Europe and so on.

I have only the best to say about the musicians and especially the lead singer BJ who sings with passion and tenderness in both ballads and the faster songs. Amongst the 11 tracks is a cover of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” and a duet on “Insanity Desire” by BJ and Jeff Scott Soto. The songs have catchy choruses, strong hooks and are varied both musically and vocally. It’s clean and simple, but still strong and appealing and no elements have been left behind.

BRING EM ON is a consistent album, but my personal favorites are “Faked By Time”, “Bring Em On”, “Higher (I Can Land)”, “Insanity Desire”, “Fallen Down” and “Lose Control”. The cover of “Don’t Stop Believing” closes the album and they do an exact copy of the original song but with less keyboard. BJ does a great job with the vocals and even though it’s pretty close to the original song it doesn’t feels like a total rip-off.

The negative aspects of the album are few, but I have to mention them. There are three ballads featured which is 2 too many, especially when they are delivered with no eagerness and therefore feel pretty pale. That’s about it, but if the band insists of continuing to deliver ballads then I hope they can deliver stronger ones I the future.

The production is solid and suits a band of this caliber. BRING EM ON is a convincing debut and I hope to hear more from Tempestt in the future. They have the potential and ability to go far and I hope they do. I recommend this album to any fan of melodic hard rock.

BJ – lead vocals

Gustavo Barros – guitar

Leo Mancini – guitar

Edu Cominalo – drums

Paulo Soza – bass 

More info about the band

www.tempestt.com.br

www.myspace.com/tempesttbrazil

Label

www.metalheaven.net

www.border.se

Tracklist

1. Faked By Time

2. Bring Em On

3. A Life’s Alibi

4. Insanity Devise

5. To High

6. Enemy In You

7. Fallen Moon

8. Lose Control

9. Healing

10. Higher (I Can Land)

11. Don’t Stop Believing

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