Temperance - Limitless

Temperance Limitless cover
Scarlet Records
I was shocked to see, Temperance debuting a couple of years ago. They were s complete doppelganger of Sweden’s Amaranthe, but obviously lacking on a lot of departments. While Amaranthe, started become too cheesy, after their debut, but also capitalizing on the tremendous success they had, by touring quite heavily, a band like Temperance, must have either been formulated either as the biggest tribute to them or a sly ploy to “do some of the same/similar” and hopefully succeed. But coming second, and out from a company that’s not part of the behemoth that is Universal Music/ partnered up with Spinefarm, was never gonna help their cause.
The band, received a fair amount of criticism, for being the “Italian cousins” of Amaranthe so on their second album they do keep the modern extreme metal outbursts, very much under control and then try to go for writing more Delain-y melodies and occasionally even venturing into vintage Nightwish territory with some symphonic parts that are very Tarja’sque. Also some touring that the band did and probably the strong will to top their debut seem to have borne fruits and in such a way “Limitless” sounds superior to their debut, and comparable or marginally better  to the filler tracks of Amaranthe.
There’s no bonafide super hit, here, there might be a couple of quite strong entries like “Oblivion” the pop-core of “Here and Now”, which has enough keyboards to last the entire album and the power metalesque “Side By Side”... but what the album misses is a true ballad, since all the songs that have some more mellow moments, “Stay”, “Omega Point”, “Get a Life” could not really qualify as archetypal ballads. “Limitless” itself the closing track is a cornucopia, of all things Amaranthe, but a bit more tipped towards classic power metal. I guess Olof seems to have another band to direct his purely “power” ideas, “Dragonland”... so he doesn’t have to combine them, with his pop-death hooks.
Apparently, corsets and In Flames (latter day) melodic pop, seem to go hand in hand these days and even the second rate copy-cats seem to be able to ride on the coat-tails of a pioneering and superior band that has itself fallen by the wayside and just goes on, on autopilot, basing themselves more on image over substance. Temperance are not Amaranthe, but they’d certainly like to be. They are quite capable, even top notch players, but their Amaranthe gone to Capri, style, is not really something that “should” make heads turn.