TEMPERANCE
Alternative Metal • Italy

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Temperance is born from musicians with more than 10 years of experience in the heavy metal music scene, who already worked with and supported live acts like Rhapsody of Fire, Dragonforce, Parkway Drive, Leave's Eyes, Rage and already played several shows in some of the most important European festivals.

An amazing mixture of tight guitars, metal riffs, electronics tracks and folk music's elements, bounded together and enslaved to melody and power. Temperance is born in 2013 and since that year it works on its first full lenght album, which will be released in 2014 via Scarlet Records.
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Alternative Metal 2016

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TEMPERANCE The Earth Embraces Us All

Album · 2016 · Alternative Metal
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Over the past few years, perhaps my favorite melodic metal band of all has been Italy’s Temperance. They started out in 2013, with a lineup that had mostly worked together before in power metal group Bejelit, but they set out to do something a little more modern sounding, something that successfully blended genres together. That’s where their self-titled debut comes in, and while comparisons to Swedish band Amaranthe were immediately obvious (the bands have similar backgrounds,) right from the beginning they showed that they could pull off their own brand of accessible, modern melodic metal while incorporating more traditional metal elements, allowing their music to standout more. Their 2015 sophomore effort Limitless was even more focused on catchy, keyboard driven metal that had quite a bit of mainstream appeal, but again it was the metal elements that allowed it to really shine, and if anything it was an even stronger effort than their already excellent debut. Now in 2016, the band is set to release their third album is as many years, The Earth Embraces Us All. I had very high expectations for this album, naturally, and yet the band managed to blow me away once again, this time by sticking to what worked on their previous albums, while also producing by far their two most ambitious songs to date.

For fans of their previous work, this album won’t seem surprising at first, as all the elements from before are back in full force: It’s still an extremely catchy album, full of hooks and memorable vocal melodies, enhanced by heavy riffs and a ton of electronic sounding keyboards. Likewise, Chiara Tricarico still provides some excellent lead vocals and the songs give her a ton of room to work with as always, while guitarist Marco Pastorino still occasionally chimes in with his ever pleasant clean vocals and fairly solid metalcore screams. Two things initially stand out about this album: First of all, the tempo has been increased further, with the vast majority of the tracks being very fast paced, and the guitars feel even stronger and more prominent than before, especially on heavier tracks like “A Thousand Places”, “Haze” and “The Restless Ride”. I also noticed the increased use of symphonic elements. These have always shown up on Temperance albums, but here the use of orchestral elements feels more prominent than ever before, with the ultra catchy “At the Edge of Space” in particular being dominated by them.

One last big change that takes longer to notice, is the songwriting. At a first glance, this album will feel familiar to fans of their first two, as outside of its extended orchestral opening, “A Thousand Places” is the kind of heavy, modern sounding vocal driven melodic metal the band has always excelled at, complete with excellent vocals from Marco and some very poppy vocals from Chiara during the chorus. This feeling of familiarity carries on throughout the first 2/3 of the album, with everything from the faster paced tracks “At the Edge of Space” and “Empty Lines” and “Revolution” to the very nice ballad “Fragments of Life” all feeling like they would have fit in perfectly on either of their previous albums. Even “Haze”, with its fast paced, breathless vocal lines and heavy use of trance like keyboards feels similar to their work. Which certainly isn’t a bad thing, as they’re all amazing songs and it’s never a bad idea for a band to stick to what they’re best at. The one earlier track that does feel somewhat new is “Maschere”. Musically it’s nothing terribly surprising: It starts out slow and soft, feeling like a ballad, before picking up the tempo during the chorus. What makes it different, though, is that it’s sung entirely in Italian, and while Chiara sounds great in English, getting to hear her sing in her native language is a real treat, and towards the end of the track she delivers some of her best vocals on the album.

It’s towards the end of the album where the band really starts to spread their wings and explore new territories, in impressive ways. Broken up in the middle by another nice ballad in “Change the Rhyme” are the two longest songs the band has written to date. First up is “Advice From a Caterpilar”. It starts off as a fast paced power metal influenced track like usual, dominated by keyboards and featuring a very catchy chorus, but a few minutes in is a very nice piano section, followed by an epic symphonic part where Marco takes over vocals, and from there we get a really nice extended instrumental section. A while into this section, we get some saxophone (which also appears briefly towards the end of“A Thousand Places”) and while it’s usually my least favorite instrumental and can be hard on my ears at times, on this track it actually sounds very nice and provides a surprising and relaxing break from the rest of the track, before the band comes back in and we get some more epic vocal sections. All in all they managed to nail the balance between being catchy and also having enough interesting music to help fill up the 8 minutes the track lasts.

Lastly, we have “The Restless Ride”, a near 13 minute epic I certainly would have never expected to hear from this band. It begins with an extended piano intro, before again turning into the kind of up tempo, keyboard driven modern metal the band excels at, and once again Chiara provides some excellent vocals and the chorus is easily one of the highlights, while the symphonic elements are also in full force. Not quite midway through is an epic part where the symphonic elements take over, and not long after this is an excellent extended instrumental section. After a while the music goes quiet, giving way to an epic choral section, and it almost feels like the song is about to come to an end…. And then we get the most shocking section on the entire album! I won’t spoil it, but suffice to say I was completely stunned the first time I heard it and even had to check to make sure I didn’t accidentally switch to a different album. It’s this ability to provide unexpected and shocking moments in the middle of an already excellent track that has helped helped Temperance reach a whole new level with this album, and once again they manage to provide several memorable, super catchy vocal sections while also filling the track with a ton of surprises and some excellent instrumental work. After the surprising section and more runs through the chorus, the album ends with another extended piano section. Simply put, this is my favorite Temperance song to date, and one of the most impressive songs I’ve heard all year.

I already thought Temperance had stepped up their game big time on Limitless, but with their new release The Earth Embraces Us All, they have surprised me with two of their most ambitious and impressive songs to date, while still providing the kind of catchy, keyboard and vocal driven melodic metal they’re known for. Obviously, this album is a must hear for fans of the band, but I’d also recommend it to any fans of melodic metal who enjoy the use of electronic keyboards and can tolerate or enjoy the screams like I can, as well as anyone who wants to hear two extremely good epic length tracks, something that can be hard for some bands to pull off, but Temperance sure nailed it this time.

originally written for myglobalmind.com: http://myglobalmind.com/2016/09/07/temperance-earth-embraces-us-review/

TEMPERANCE Limitless

Album · 2015 · Alternative Metal
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DippoMagoo
When I first heard the 2014 self-titled debut from Italian band Temperance, one other band instantly came to my mind: Amaranthe. With their unique use of three vocalists along with their mix of metalcore, pop and trance (among many other styles,) becoming more and more popular over time, I guess it was only a matter of time before another band adopted a similar sound for their own, and put their own twists on it, which is exactly what Temperance did on their debut. The comparisons go deeper than that: Like Amaranthe, Temperance consists entirely of experienced metal musicians, four of whom were also together in the power metal band Bejelit, and so just like their counterparts, this is a band who have their roots in metal, and are now looking to expand their music into something a bit more accessible and with potential to be more successful commercially. I enjoyed their first album quite a bit, and if anything their upcoming sophomore release Limitless is an even more impressive album, which at times takes them further into a more mainstream sound, while still letting their metal roots shine through.

One thing that instantly separates Temperance from Amaranthe (and I promise I’ll avoid making that comparison any more as I get deeper into the review) is that they tend to let their metal elements take over a lot more. Sure, many tracks on Limitless have massive crossover potential, but every track has at least faint traces of metal, and quite a few of them remain fairly heavy throughout. Another thing I like is that they tend to vary up their songwriting approach a lot, so it doesn’t become overly formulaic and predictable. The first half is much more varied and features a mix of ultra catchy mid tempo keyboard dominated alternative metal tracks with strong pop elements, speedier tracks which mix together power metal melodies along with metalcore riffs and screams, and lighter, slower paced tracks with occasional heavy bursts.. From “Me, Myself & I” onward, the album takes a turn towards a more power metal centric sound, and it’s this portion of the album that I enjoy the most.

As on their debut, vocals are largely handled by lead singer Chiara Tricarico, who continues to be very dynamic in her approach. When she uses her lower register she tends to sound like a pop/rock singer, with her effortless delivery, while her higher notes show off her wonderful vocal tone, and allow her to excel during the speedier sections. At times she even throws in some operatic vocals, most notably during the stunning chorus of the opening track “Oblivion”. Guitarist Marco Pastorino contributes vocals on most tracks as well, sometimes singing clearly with a nice tone that works well on the more pop-ish songs, and sometimes screaming. His core-ish screams represent the one element of the music I could live without, though that’s more because I tend not to like that style of screaming very much, and not an indication of him being bad or anything.

Opening track “Oblivion” starts off with some calm piano notes and some nice choral vocals, before turning a mid tempo alternative metal track, where their main influences become rather obvious. It’s a very modern sounding, largely keyboard dominant track where Chiara uses her more pop-ish vocals throughout the verses, before launching into her awesome operatic voice during the chorus. It’s not one of my favorites tracks on the album, but it is super catchy, and I really love the intense ending sequence, where the tempo briefly picks up. More importantly, it serves as an indication of what to expect, at least for the first half of the album. Out of these more accessible tracks, my favorite is probably “Mr. White”. At a first glance, it’s every bit as simplistic and accessible as “Oblivion”, if not more so, but the riffs are so good and the chorus so addictive, that the song just ends up working. It’s also worth noting that the lyrics for it are clearly based on the hit AMC series Breaking Bad.

The band further demonstrates their ability to write super addictive tracks with metal elements throughout the album, with “Amber & Fire” starting off as a nice melodic metal track with a slight folk feel to it, before turning into something a bit more powerful, while tracks like “Stay” and “Omega Point” initially seem like ballads, before the riffs kick in and the tempo speeds up in the latter part of both tracks. Even the one obvious ballad “Goodbye” briefly speeds up at one point, though on the whole it serves as an excellent showcase for Chiara’s vocals.

Out of the faster, more power metal based songs, my favorite is “Get a Life”. The song features mid tempo verses where Chiara uses her lower vocals in a slightly harsher way than normal, while the chorus is super fast and features my favorite vocal melodies on the album. The fastest track on the first half is “Save Me”, which is a mix of power metal and metalcore. It’s a really fun track overall, and it features probably my favorite use of screams on the album. As mentioned before, aside from “Goodbye:”, every song towards the end is fast paced, with tracks like “Burning” and “Me Myself & I” being more power metal centric like “Get a Life”, while “Side by Side” and the title track mix in offbeat rhythms and occasional screams for a more varied sound. I actually think the title track may be my least favorite on the album, due to the chorus not hitting me as much as all the other choruses, but otherwise it’s a great track which serves as a summary of the album on the whole.

Limitless is an excellent album which showcases the power metal roots of its musicians, while also showing the band branching off further into more of an accessible sound that could appeal to a larger audience. Highly recommended for melodic metal fans like me who don’t mind having some pop elements and a bit of metalcore mixed in with a more traditional power metal sound.

(originally written for myglobalmind: http://myglobalmind.com/2015/03/10/temperance-limitless-review/)

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