remembering this piece of Metal art, I had to do a quick revision in my
Metal Yardsticks department,
coz TEMPEST's 12" is without a doubt one of the finest Metal EPs
ever recorded in my opinion. An unbelievably underrated release that has
drowned in the flood of late 80's, mid-league, collectable private pressings.
Even though it's quite rare, it shouldn't be too hard for the industrious
collector to track down and prices tend to vary around 25-40 Euros - a
bargain by any definition.
On these 2 fantastic tracks this young band mastered the difficult art
of writing original Metal music that never even got close to any nonmetal
contamination. The songs are long and intricate, but stay out of the pretentious
Progressive Metal sphere. Frankly, TEMPEST were about as unpretentious
as you'd get, something the homey, back-alley lineup
shot should testify to. The clever leads, harmonies and arrangements
are perfect examples of the kind of prodigal innovation so seldom found
in modern-day Metal bands claiming to stay true to the 80's sound. Galloping
rhythms mingle with a superb, anthemic chorus and ends in a slower tempo
in "The End Of A Dream", while "Incomprehensible Conduct"
start out a bit more laid back but then breaks out in yet another incredibly
uplifting, radiant chorus. I can't say which song I love the most
- it's a bona-fide double A-side hit single for sure. The only vague musical
references I can think of would be their likewise underrated countrymen
SECRECY, or the stuff that ANACRUSIS churned out on their last album,
but much more instant and back-to-basics. The magic could lie in the excellent
vocals of Thorsten Dierks, a weapon that TEMPEST wields with mucho grace
and sensibility. It has an aura of innocence and attitude of "aw
well, we might not conquer the world, but at least we got to immortalize
ourselves with our own record" that will eventually have their name
cut in stone in the 80's Underground Metal Hall Of Fame. In simple words:
This is just bloody awesome music!
Listen to this record here.
(provided by the Vibrations
Of Doom webzine)