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On disc: Tempesta



Fulltime Joker - Anika Peterson - 7 stars
The Other Side - Gisela Schmitz - 3 stars


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The Other Side

The Other Side
(Fastball Music - 2009)


Switzerland is getting mobilized? Tempesta so far did everything on their own and now they release their 3rd album. They did about 200 concerts promotion their first 2 albums which is quite a lot. Their 3rd release is called The Other Side and it offers country rock with a dash Southern rock and some pop elements. The album been mixed and mastered by Al Button who worked with Kid Rock and R.Kelly. And so the album sounds too polished, even country rock sounds heavier. To me it seems that their aim is to get radio airplay... The songs are mid-paced and at the end of the album you can't remember anything. It's a pity, coz live they are way better. The first 2 songs are okay, but then it gets tough - 3 country ballads in a row! The Way It Is, No Matter What They Say and I'm Sorry (with guest vocalist Rachel Williams) are just boring and make you almost fall asleep. And I'm Sorry reminds me off November Rain. The only good one which is closer to the live sound is Hurts Me, but it has more then a dash of Bon Jovi! The problem with this album is that it lacks real rockers, nothing which wakes you up again. It's a pity, coz the guys aren't bad at all, they know how to play. In my opinion they should forget about chart positions and radio airplay and start writing rock songs again. They should trust their gut feeling again! Okay, time to fetch some coffee to wake me up again!


3 stars

Gisela Schmitz
(translation: Claudia Ehrhardt)
 

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Fulltime Joker

Fulltime Joker
(QuamLibet Rec. - 2006)


Never heard of the Swiss rockers til I get the tour dates of Circle II Circle - and so I checked them out. This album was released in 2006 through some small label, I guess that's why I haven't read anything about them... Anyway, the four Swiss guys present heavy rock la Metallica (Master Of Puppets-era) - especially singer guitarist Reto Thalmann sounds like Mr. Hetfield -, but the guitars have a hardcore-touch. At some songs they include blues and even country-like sound elements, partly they even get a bit poppy... The refrains are catchy, so it's a good mixture.
The sound is powerful and clear - thanks to Mark Sweeney and Michael Bormann. If you want to check them out, you can find some sound clips at their homepage and I recommend the title track Fulltime Joker, Grow and Stagedive.


7 stars

Anika Peterson
(translation: Claudia Ehrhardt)
 

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