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Station @ Gramercy Theatre (8/24/2017)

Artist: Station
Venue: Gramercy Theatre (New York, NY)
Opener: Tempt
Date: 8/24/2017
Label: Independent Artist

Written By: Steven Stolper (copyright 2017) for PiercingMetal.com

If you are a fan of melodic rock of the kind played by Def Leppard and Van Halen, you know that there’s not much of that in the local music scene which is unfortunate. Blues rock, sure. Alterna-Pop indie grunge with progressive leanings, yes. Extreme metal of all flavors, why not. But if you want some good time rock n roll with catchy choruses backed up by decently played guitars with a wicked solo here and there, it’s pretty slim pickings. Two of the best groups carrying the torch for melodic rock/metal in the area are Station and Tempt. Shockingly, it seems that they have never played together before, so it was very exciting to see them on the same bill. Gramercy Theatre is one of the nicest venues of its size in the city, and a great place to see these local favorites.

Tempt took the stage first. Even though the band members are pretty young, they have been playing together for many years now, and their stagecraft is very polished. At some point, they had a different rhythm section. The current lineup is closer together in age which seems better for the band’s image. Interestingly enough the drummer’s father is also a drummer in a cool Canadian band called The Tea Party. They’re one of those bands that I’ve been a fan of but have never seen live. Maybe someday. A recent visit from fellow Canuck rockers Big Wreck, after more than a decade of absence, gives me hope. Tempt has an EP and a full-length album, Runaway, out, so plenty of material to choose from. Most of the night’s set was new music though. The new songs stay in the same bouncy pop metal/rock universe. A bit more of a slick pop sound to the vocal hooks maybe. More Hysteria than Pyromania so to speak. Front man Zach Allen is a very physical presence while belting out those melodies. Almost too active for this frustrated photographer trying to capture a moment. Guitarist Harrison Marcello’s creative soloing was a pleasure to listen to. The song-within-a-song kind of melodic compositions remind of Vito Bratta and Andy Timmons (from White Lion and Danger Danger respectively). Advanced technique but never overpowering the song. More John Norum than Yngwie Malmsteen if you will. The crowd liked what they were hearing and who could blame them. The band’s music is happy and easy to get into even if you don’t know the difference between White Lion and Black Sabbath. Band closed out the set with their anthemic first single “Under My Skin”.
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USA Pop Brigade @ Mexicali Live

The USA Pop Brigade features Eric Martin of Mr. Big along with Steve Brown and PJ Farley of Trixter. Support for the show shall come from Tempt, Joker’s Republic and Scotty Dunbar. Fans under 21 must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

Last In Line @ Mexicali Live (3/24/2017)

Artist: Last In Line
Venue: Mexicali Live (Teaneck, NJ)
Opener: Gothic Knights, Tempt
Date: 3/24/2017
Label: Frontiers Records

Written By: Katie N. (copyright 2017) for PiercingMetal.com
Performance Photos By: Rich Catino of Metal Asylum

Perhaps I am oblivious due to the fact that I grew up decades after the roaring energy of the 70s and 80s, but attending intimate club shows exposes and propels the crowd into an ambience unbeknownst to that of the grandeur of the festival stage. Sure, at the end of the day, it’s all about the music, but there’s just something warmer about the closeness and enthusiasm of being face to face with the music.

Mexicali Live in Teaneck, NJ embraced such an atmosphere. At first glance, I wondered how the 20X30 inch stage could provide sufficient room for Vinny Appice’s legendary drum setup along with the loud and grandiose movements of Vivian Campbell, but there was more than enough space for the guys to bring the house down. In fact, the only area that seemed cramped was the floor due to the fact that the show sold out. The first band was Lunatic Fringe and I’m always surprised and beyond ecstatic to see a younger generation embracing rock-n-roll and heavy metal. They were an eclectic bunch with an age range from braces to beards and an energy level of 11 measured on the classic 1-10 scale. Behind the energy was a very heavy and dark sound most reminiscent of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Blizzard of Ozz” album. Although the venue wasn’t full at this point, there was an impressive showing and enough people standing to merit the group a large ovation.

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Last In Line by Rich Catino (2017)

Tempt: This one was an interesting addition to the night’s lineup. Although the band brought a more Bon Jovi-like vibe, they had more than enough vigor to drive the night onward. Most songs included an identifiable and melody mixed in with enough poppy synth and extravagant guitar solos to give me more of a feel of what the 80s actually sounded like. The growing crowd was more than happy with their performance.
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Tempt @ The Studio at Webster Hall

Tempt will rock the socks of their fans with support from Blended Brew, Madame Mayhem and Deaf Rhino.

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King’s X @ Stage 48

King’s X is back in action with a gig at Stage 48. This should be a great one. Appearing also will be Riffhanger, Tempt plus DJ Alex Kayne

*** This show will start early so make note of it.