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The Temperance Movement/White Bear(2016)

Well a few weeks ago when I reviewed Monster Trucks super duper awesome Sittin Heavy album I mentioned that I could count on one hand how many new bands that I like. Well now we can add The Temperance Movement to that list.

When I first heard that Monster Truck were coming to Tbay fellow blogger ‘Bop’ fully endorsed these guys he said not to miss Temperance so when showtime rolled around back on March 5 of this year I was wondering what kind of band myself and my best friend Tbone would see.

The first thing I did when I headed into the University Pub (where the show was being held at )was head to the merchandise table to grab a Monster Truck T Shirt! While browsing I noticed their was Temperance Movement Cds for sale. Their self titled debut and White Bear. First thing I did was grab two copies of White Bear(one was for Tbone) as they were $10 each! Score! Impressive was the fact that I bought before I listened.  The Temperance Fella’s did not disappoint Live so it was money well spent! Me and Tbone were blown away by the performance these guys put on. They rocked n rolled in an old school kinda garagey Rock way!

Now it’s time to listen to the audio side of things here……

Phil Campbell(vocals) Paul Sayer(guitar) Nick Fyffe(bass) Damon Johnson(drums) and Luke Potashnick (guitar)

If we’re keeping score here. Luke Potashnick quit shortly after the recording and was replaced by Matt Whyte.

Three Bulliets so this being the opening track on the album it was also the opening song at there show here in Tbay! When the boys hit the opening few bars of Three Bulliets I turned around and said to Tbone “Holy Shit its Good Times Bad Times by Zep!” When I played the Cd the next day Nope it’s not the Zep Classic as the start is in a different key. Fooled! Once the first few bars are launched the boys go into Garage like rock 101! It’s a different sound, not overproduced and Phil Campbell sounding like a mix of Chris Robinson(Black Crowes) and Rod Stewart(70s Stewart not 80s commercial tinged Stewart). This tune is a great leadoff track with Damon on the drums propelling the ship. The prechorus is real good,total ear candy and it ramps right up!

From there we’re Into Track 2 which is  Get Yourself  Free This song is a blend of some real off time like chord changes added with some real cool slide guitar by Luke and Paul and as Phil hollers “Got To Get Yourself Free!” By golly some one just slammed a real cool power chord in there as well! Think later day Black Crowes! I don’t want to always compare  these guys to them but it’s just to give you the reader a bit of what I’m going on about!

A Pleasant Piece I Feel is a moody like piece that builds into a full-out rock attack complete with Phil singing a real good vocal with big epic like sounding chorus with Damon like all good rock drummers do and that’s driving the song forward.

One of my favs from this album is Modern Massacre and this song just ripped live and it does as well in the studio as Damon playing that kick pedal and Phil singing like his throat is gonna blow! The chorus ramps up and the song drives towards the end with some real slick guitar leads and Phil and the boys take it out on whatever and smash …done! Crank The Video…

Battle Lines are drawn and this was another song that was played here in Tbay and  you want to talk about a cool groove. The verses are the band keeping themselves in check until the chorus where they tear it up and who knew Phil was a “Gangster” I dunno about you s but i didn’t. Nice play out at the end with some neat little bass runs done by Nick.

White Bear is a real chill track with some neat guitar picking and at the chorus Damon and Nick lock horns and man wait till you get to the solo tons of fuzzed out feedback guitar like rock and back into some real nice slide work and a fantastic vocal by Phil and back to some real chill like drumming that takes the tune out!

When these boys were cruising Canada they ended up playing Oh Lorraine on our cross-country news program Canada Am at 9am! Good to see some rock waking up people! Oh Lorraine features some real cool guitaring  and some nifty bass work as well. Poor yourself a coffee  and listen to Oh Lorraine and you’ll know what I’m talking about!

Maginfy has a ton of real cool rock trappings in it! Nice driving shuffle by the drums and some real tasty guitar picking by Paul and Luke. Catchy chorus with a Stones like vibe wobbling about!

What a title here The Sun And The Moon Roll Around Too Soon. You know my deal when I get blown away by the end of the album tracks. This is one of them. Nice interplay between guitar and lead vocal and it has that deep delta like swamp rock and then BAM into the chorus back to the chill like beginning and BAM Part Deux of super cool build up into the pre chorus into the chorus with some trippy lead guitar work and Phil lays down the money shot vocal! I Say F’in A! Crank the Video Posted…do it! Please in a nice Canadian Way!

I Hope I’m Not Losing My Mind ends the album on a somber like song. Slow like melancholy with some nice music behind Phils pain as  it sounds like a bit of a choir behind him trying to keep him from losing his mind.

What a great rock album! The Temperance guys tell you all that its ok that they can find other ways to rock and make it work! Great band catch em and buy their music!

Black Sabbath/The End -Tour Edition (2016)

When Sabbath announced  The End Tour it’s going to be The End for Sabbath. One of the coolest ideas that became a reality was the fact that Sabbath was gonna release a 8 song EP to coincide with the tour and it was going to be sold only  at the shows in physical copy! That means no ITunes for me! Not available in the stores or anywhere only at the shows! That’s it!

The End Tour began in Omaha Nebraska and the posts on FaceCrack by people attending the show wasn’t about the show itself but the fact that there was no CD copies of The End for sale! Who cares that Ozzy and company just blazed your sleepy city with 100 minutes of pulsating Doom but more like “Where’s The Discs?” Hahahaha….

Now you could say I’m being brutal here but hey folks I flew out to Vancouver from Thunder Bay(3,025 Km or 1,880 Miles)  to see this show and it got postponed (Ozzy pulled the chute due to Sinusitis or whatever)  so not only did I not get the CD I got zip! Hahaha..still had a great time in VanCity you all know that but yeah I would have traded the CDs in for a Sabbath show that night! Be careful what you wish for!

After the Omaha show Chicago was the second date on The End Tour and there were CD’s for sale going for $30 U.S a pop at the show. One guy being the entrepreneur bought some copies took pics of them at the show and dumped them on eBay and they sold quick. Something like over $200 U.S a copy! Holy Crap!

Aaron at the KMA has very graciously shared this EP with me and for one thing there calling it a EP that clocks in at almost 50 minutes for 8 songs! Man,that’s like two full length  old school Roth  Halen albums combined!

So the album  titled simply THE END-Tour Edition is split into 4 Studio Songs(songs written around the mighty 13 album sessions) and 4 Live Songs(1 recorded in Australia,1 recorded in New Zealand and 2 Songs from fellow blogger ‘Bop’s’ backyard of Hamilton Ontario from 2013)

Cast Of Characters-Ozzy Osbourne,Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler

Must mention that the 4 studio tracks the drummer that appears on them is Brad Wilk!

Tommy Clufetos does the drumming on the 4 Live tracks!

The first studio track SEASON OF THE DEAD begins with that slow Sab crawl off timing a Tinge Of Doom added to start the proceedings. Ozzy starts and its Ozzy folks no one sounds like this guy. Say what you want about his singing but when you hear him you know its him! His voice is tailor-made for this vibe and Season Of The Dead is a 8 minute stomp! Super Duper cool drumming by Wilk as well as Geezers bass tone is dope sick good! Tony as always thunders his riffs through his Laney cabinets and Rick Rubin (producer) makes it sound ohhhh soooo good!

Followed by CRY ALL NIGHT which stomps out of the gate and picks up steam as Iommi punches the gas on a wah pedal and Cry All Night is a straight ahead Sab punch to the throat rocker! Real glad that Ozzy and company have made this music available! Well kinda…

TAKE ME HOME starts off with a loud thud times 4 as bass/drums and guitars are locked tightly together. Ozzy sings a great tune and Geezer’s Bass is jacked as the bottom end rumblings of the mans Bass is friggin huge! Take Me Home is a well written song and kudos to these guys especially as Iommi tosses down a classical guitar like solo with Geezer and Brad Wilk keep the proceedings moving along nice thank you very much!

Rounding off the studio tracks is ISOLATED MAN. Brad Wilk man! What can you say about this guys drumming? This track especially when Tony goes into his solo and Geezer and Wilk are left to their own devices and its such a great groove they lay under Iommi! Geezers bass just rumbles underneath Wilks rolls and cymbal smashing. Ozzy with his double tracked voice one sounding sinister.one sounding like Ozzy(ha) is great for this track! great fuggin song! That rhythm jam out between Iommi/Butler/Wilk is Sonic Gold!

Kinda weird that these might be the last 4 Sabbath Studio Tracks Ever! I would say yeah they probably are due to the fact with 13 going Number 1 in many countries how could they top that after 45 years? Exactly you can’t…

If this is indeed The End what a ripping good way to end your studio career! Bravo Sabbath!

Now onto the Live Goodies….

GOD IS DEAD recorded live in Sydney Australia in 2013 just starts and chills out the crowd sleepy satanic like power that puts the listener into the Sab abyss and you are not getting out! God Is Dead is a rocker and for the first 5 minutes its just that Sab Sludge which we all love until Ozz hollers Jump and BOOM the Sabbs kick into overdrive with Tommy smashing  cymbals,Geezer running his fingers all over the bass and Tony flinging lightening bolts of riffs and boom Ozzy’ s back to telling us all that God Is Dead!

How about an old school 70s throwback to UNDER THE SUN From Auckland New Zealand. Under The Sun is a great song and its out of the classic  Sab catalogue! By that I  mean it starts off one way-Chill and ramps up and I gotta say what a great Fackin drummer Clufetos is! He takes this song and drives it forward man. Who cares if he’s playing Bill Wards parts. Tommy though is like the engine room of Sabbath and you think Geezer and Tony would stand for a sub par drummer? Mmmmm not happening! Added bonus is the real cool guitar feed backing live..I love that shit. Under The Sun is one of those great songs has many tempo changes and some awesome playing and even Ozz lays down a real good  vocal live. Seriously! Kinda make you want to stomp around kinda like doing a Doom Like Jig!

I gotta say this version of END OF BEGINNING from Hamilton Ontario is a complete monster of a performance! It’s Sabbath heavy with a sonic assault to the head. So it starts with a creepy vibe but as the song chugs along it picks up and shifts into that Doom Gear and man when Ozzy hollers ‘Jump’ and the boys behind  him launch into that Sabbath rocket this song just goes into another stratosphere. Iommi plays a blistering solo here and I love how he shifts to a melodic tone as Oz sings the ‘its alright,its ok’ line. What a friggin great tune! Posted the actual you tube video of this song recorded that night in Hamilton that is on the cd and I tell you what they did not doctor this bad boy up in the studio.Kudos to the person that filmed this as he focuses on Ozzy when he’s singing,Bulter riffing like a lunatic on his bass,Iommi during his solos and Tommy mashing about on his drums! Well done!

 So the last track live is once again from Hamilton and there’s Ozzy thanking  the crowd for “putting 13 at #1 in Canada!” Ozzy starts chirping “Cuckoo” a few times to the  crowd before the Sabs launch into Age Of Reason. With all Sabbath songs a certain per cent has to have a bunch of doom,plodding riffs. Tommy starts the song off and Geezer and Tony on cue sludge it forward even at the centre of the song it has the big epic keys like synth pushing and adding atmosphere to the party. Love how the song ramps up and chills the Frigg  back down! These guys are Masters Of Reality. Ozzy telling the crowd he loves them and Iommi just solos into his own Blizzard Of Sabbathness! Pure Genius!

This album is a worthwhile score if you come across it at one of there shows!