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On disc: Temple Of Your Soul

For All - Claudia Ehrhardt - 6 stars

For All

For All
(Metalville - 2012)

My first encounter with Temple Of Your Soul, For All is their debut album. The band started back in 2006 and had to face some line-up changes - as most bands. They played live and finally have their debut album ready to release.

First you hear some old music, the intro. Then some news host.... Flipping through channels. The last you hear is the word Baghdad - end of the intro part of Warfare. The band sets in. Heavy riffs take you into the track Warfare and the news cast element get revived. Karoline Drechsel's deep timbre fits well to the heavy metal of Temple Of Your Soul.

The track Change Sites has some slow passages which give Karoline 'Lini' Drechsel more space to express emotions - partly only accompanied by Olly Dolp's keyboard. Unfortunately the vocal sound is a bit dull... At the title track For All you also get a keyboard-based part and the symphonic edge fits well and let Lini's voice shine. But when they storm off - Lini is singing "tried to confuse me" - it seems the band lost track and for a moment it sounds a bit chaotic. Luckily they soon are back on track. The piano-based ballad Evening Takes Over is one of the highlights and shows Lini's talent best. To cover a Beatles tune is always risky, especially a popular one like Eleanor Rigby! I always loved the tune and I like Lini's vocals at the verse, but I'm not sure if I really like the metalized version.... At Raising Hell the guys get time to show of their skills and guitar-wise they drift into neo-classical metal while most of the song is based on a heavy groove. After Vendetta the album ends like it began with some old vinyl or even Schellac music...

It's obvious that the band has some good ideas and most of the time it works out well, but some times they get lost on the way. It takes guts to cover a Beatles song, but at their own compositions they should be a bit more willing to take risks. But if you keep in mind that this is their debut it's okay. But to survive in the big pond they need to find their own identity and be more adventurous. Too often they drift into plain heavy metal. Perhaps a stable line-up will help them to grow... Let's wait and see what they have to offer next time!

6 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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