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Tesla – Into The Now

Label: Sanctuary Records
Format: CD
Released: 2004
Reviewed By: Rich Catino

Tesla is one of the few reformed 80’s bands which is still comprised of the original lineup. Even if you didn’t know that going into listen to this record, you could still tell because their chemistry is still there. The disc’s title suggests just that, the band has moved into the now, not drastically but it can be heard both in the arrangements and the guitars. That is the one thing I don’t like about this new material is the lack of metal riffing, although still hard, they are opting for a more modernized approach.

Things get started with two rockers, the title track, which really scared me at first because one of the guitar parts almost sounds like a D.J. scratching, whooh close call, followed by “Look At Me”. “Heaven Nine Eleven” has maybe the most modern feel with vocal effects and its musical vibe, especially the chorus which I just don’t dig. Two ballads follow which are ok, “Caught In A Dream” is the better of the two and has a good chorus, I was never really a big fan of their softer side. “Miles Away” and “Mighty Mouse” (yes Underdog is here too) are more my speed returning to hard riffs and even a little moody.

Aside from my pickiness and wanting more metal for my buck they still have made a strong record with good tunes which in the end is what counts.
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