Temperance - The Earth Embraces Us All

Temperance The Earth Embraces Us All cover
Temperance
The Earth Embraces Us All
Scarlet Records
2016
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Surprisingly enough, Italian Amaranthe-clones, Temperance for the first time in their career, which has “shadowed” that of the Swede’s pretty closely, attempt to differentiate themselves a bit, probably because they too make sense in a way that going fully pop and minimizing the metal factor is both something that might backfire, but also that the pure-pop market is cold and unforgiving, a fact that a lot of metal bands that attempted to go mainstream, seem to have found out the hard way (oh In Flames, I’m referring to you!).
 
As such, opening track “A Thousand Places” may still have the combination of modern harsh male vocals, but the female melodic ones are complimented by wind organs and Cellos in a way that’s more Nightwish like, than anything else.
 
“At The Edge of Space” apes debut Amaranthe quite well, with a bit of Mediterranean “warmth” and even melodic male vocals sublimely complementing it all. It works well, I can report.
 
“Unspoken Words” even gets jiggy with some “folk” pipes in its intro and surprise, surprise, male lead vocals on the first verse, female on the second and then dueting on the choruses. Another well-crafted tune that works sufficiently well.
 
The power metal fever burns hot on “Empty Lines” that suffers a bit from an identity crisis, with its modern vocals and cerebral keys not quite completely fusing with the underlying power metal.
 
“Maschere” is sung in Italian, but despite the band being from Italy, it sounds a little “brutal” with Chiara’s vocals accented in a “heavier” way, almost as if she wasn’t a native speaker… it’s not always as evident, but it’s a bit of a love it or hate it tune, I guess at least in my books.
 
“Haze” is a super happy modern track that seems to be underlined, but some power metal melodies and just manages to work without getting derailed.
 
“Fragments of Life” sounds almost as Delain or something of that ilk of bands, only a bit better, imho.
 
“Revolution” initially sounds like a really bad Tarja cover, with over-the-top, over pronounced mezzo vocals, before it all goes back into a power metal at times very heavy too motif. The “pseudo-classical” choral parts return briefly – and I don’t know if the band has a guest for those or just produced the hell out of those parts. Interesting track, but a tiny winy bit over the top. “Capri era” Amberian Dawn seem to have found a strong antagonist if the Italians choose to pursue this style.
 
The story-telling on “Advice From a Caterpillar” seems to be borrowing a page from “Alice’s Tales” in Wonderland, with the band channeling Annete era Nightwish, quite successfully too.
 
“Change the Rhyme” is a more orchestrated attempt in the same sound and around the same premises and it seems to also work well.
 
Lastly, “The Restless Ride” with its over twelve minutes duration and some-times purely pop-metal direction, feels prone to screwing up things, with its “Imaginaerum” like experimentations, paying off just because it’s breakneck speed, (which makes it sound like Avrile Lavinge gone metal) doesn’t let it bog down….
 
Overall, a pretty welcome change of direction for the Italians, who seem to have matured and graduated “Amaranthe’s” high school musical, only to enlist to Nightwish’s University. Well at least it’s not Tramp’s! cheeky
 
With significantly better songwriting and melodies and an overall sense that these guys and gal are finally getting somewhere, this attempt by the Italians seems the first one that might have them starting to become quite interesting and challenging to the status quo of female fronted bands.