Tempest are a band which blend traditional Irish, Scottish highlands grassroots folk with contemporary progressive-rock stylizations albeit, in a somewhat thematic approach. Solid backbeats and perhaps a bolder attack than the legendary British folk rock band Fairport Convention. We hear a hard-rock Irish jig motif on the affable “Milligan’s Fancy” as vocalist, instrumentalist, Lief Sorbye states..”These tracks are way superior to the old recordings, much more mature...” They also credit producer and keyboardist Robert Berry for adding a touch of flair to this project. Songs like “Top Of The Hill” feature folksy violin and lead electric guitar performances, which provide that **added bite** . Clever shifts in tempo and some down home electric/acoustic mandolin work from Sorbye keep the proceedings good-natured and entertaining while Lief Sorbye’s magical vocals annotate a tale about a pirate on “Captain Morgan”. On “Jenny Nettles”, the band integrate Celtic folk with hard-boiled crunch chord guitar work reinforced by the potent and precise rhythm section. Lief Sorbye sweetens things up a bit on the intro. to “The House Carpenter” as he utilizes a pennywhistle to state the lovely melody. Here, the band advance this piece into an unabashed series of sparkling, well-stated choruses spearheaded by guitarist Dave Parnall and violinist Michael Mullen.
Tempest has proven they are more than a niche band. Tempest blend disparate genres into a viable signature style sound which at times throws balls to the wall while retaining their roots; hence, a happy medium which works in spirited fashion. Recommended... * * * ½
Lief Sorbye; Lead Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Mandolins; Octave Mandols, Flute, Pennywhistle and Bodhran: John Land; Fretted & Fretless Bass, Harmony Vocals: Adolfo Lazo; Drums: Michael Mullen; Acoustic Fiddle & Five-String Electric Violin, Harmony Vocals: Dave Parnall; Electric & Acoustic Guitars.
Special Guest; Robert Berry; B-3 Hammond organ, Piano, Accordion, Synthesizer, Production
Record Label: Magna Carta Records
Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock
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