Tempest Rising – Alter Ego (Album Review)

Tempest Rising - Alter Ego

You know those thrashy moments that you get when your ear seems to be connected to your head and you can’t help but headbang? Well, Tempest Rising’s newest offering Alter Ego has this in spades. If you’re a fan of old school progressive thrash, this album is for you.
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The acoustic guitars to open the album are a nice touch – and those of you that have read my reviews before will know that’s something that will always get my attention. The whole album is a fantastic performance and I really can’t fault the production quality, and while you’ll get your black metal kvlt fans that will say that it doesn’t really matter; well, it matters to this reviewer and I damn well stand by it. There is nothing in this that falls poorly on the ear. The tracks are well written and sound amazing. There are many elements that hark back to the glory days of metal including ripper solos, some minor old skool breakdowns, diversity in song structures – you name it, Alter Ego has it. The crowning achievement though is the diversity in the voice, sometimes there is some inclusion of effects for texture, but all in all it is clear that Trikeriotis is the heart and soul of this band.

But there does come a time when we have to ask ourselves, does this add to the wide tapestry of heavy metal? Is there something original and different to say?
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In this release, I’m not sure I see it, but if you’re looking for some banging modern progressive thrash, you’ll find it right here. Suitable for those who like their politics reformed.

Release Year: 2019
Label: Firestarter Music
Category: album
Country: Australia

Reviewed by Liam Frost-Camilleri