Tempt – Runaway

Tempt - RunawayEvery time I hear about some new melodic hard rock band that looks like they have been hidden in some forgotten apartment down on Sunset Strip since 1988, I always get my hopes up that THIS band will be the new hope for melodic rock, but too often, I get highly disappointed as soon as I push play. In the last 10 years or so there has been quite a lot of melodic hard rock that has rocked my world, but America seems to be extremely unproductive when it comes to that kind of music. Instead, Scandinavia has been the leading part of the world when it comes to melodic hard rock. H.E.A.T., Crazy Lixx, Crashdiet, Nordic Union, Eclipse, Ammunition, W.E.T., Casablanca, Laney’s Legion and Sister Sin are some of the bands that have released awesome records time after another in recent years – and Inglorious from England, of course. Also, the press releases for new bands can be a really interesting read as well. Sometimes, just by reading those, you get an idea just how amazingly brilliant said band is, if you divide said press release by at least half. Like the one written for Tempt. To write that the band is a mix of new and old and that they have “a sound and swagger that combines the cut and thrust of modern rock (like Foo Fighters and Rival Sons) with the blazing pride and passion of vintage arena rock (think Van Halen and Def Leppard); a staggering achievement in this day and age” is one thing and I buy that, but to finish the whole thing with “any fan of melodic and hard rock should definitely check Tempt out as they bring a fresh new energy. Tempt is this generations’ Van Halen!” is definitely overkill, in my book.

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