1. (00:05:02) Tesla - Forever More
2. (00:03:35) Tesla - I Wanna Live
3. (00:03:12) Tesla - One Day At A Time
4. (00:03:40) Tesla - So What!
5. (00:04:39) Tesla - Just In Case
6. (00:04:22) Tesla - Fallin' Apart
7. (00:05:03) Tesla - Breakin' Free
8. (00:03:28) Tesla - All Of Me
9. (00:04:11) Tesla - The First Time
10. (00:03:24) Tesla - Pvt. Ledbetter
11. (00:05:26) Tesla - In A Hole Again
12. (00:04:51) Tesla - The Game
Playing Time.........: 0:50:51
Total Size...........: 361.14 MB
NFO generated on.....: 10/11/2008 6:24:56 PM
TESLA | FOREVER MORE
Multi-platinum rockers TESLA reunited with producer
Terry Thomas, who was behind the boards for the band’s 1994 Gold-certified
BUST A NUT album, and engineered by Michael Rosen who worked on INTO
FOREVER MORE was written and recorded during a period of high energy and
bizarre life circumstances for each of TESLA’s band members, with those
experiences coming full circle throughout the CD.
Lead guitarist Frank Hannon says:
"FOREVER MORE demonstrates the idea of writing songs in a diverse fashion.
The title track is one of our deeper cuts complete with heavy lyrics, de-tuned
riffs and acoustic interludes, while, ‘I Wanna Live’ is one of our more uplifting
songs that bounces musically and delivers a lyrical message that suggests
living life to the fullest.”
The rest of the album takes a similar ride of dynamic ups and downs with
songs like ‘So What!,’ ‘Fallin’ Apart,’ ‘Breakin’ Free,’ ‘The Game,’ ‘All Of Me’ and
‘The First Time.’”
California hard rockers Tesla are road warriors, having been cranking up the
rock for almost 25 years. Even with a long hiatus in the late 90’s, the band
has stayed strong through it all, with a loyal fanbase following their every
move. In 2006, Tesla went through their first line-up change, with the
departure of founding guitarist Tommy Skeoch due to family matters.
Dave Rude was brought into the fray and after last year’s cover album, Real
To Reel, Tesla went back into the studio to record their first album of new
material in four years, Forever More. With producer Terry Thomas, who
worked with the band on 1994’s Bust A Nut, on board, Tesla has crafted a
versatile and eccentric album, one that isn’t content to stick with one musical
style and experiments right from the get-go.
The title track shows the dynamic between acoustic and electric guitars from
the onset, with inspiring lyrics and a melody that evokes an anthem rock feel.
The solo is solid as well, utilizing harmonics to maximum effect, bringing back
memories of the 80’s. Current single “I Wanna Live” is perfect for rock radio,
with a catchy chorus, upbeat melody, and sound that will make it a live
favorite on the band’s upcoming tour.
The rest of the album is surprisingly mellower than expected, with the
band controlling their urge to go insane. This is especially evident in the
middle portion of Forever More, where the acoustic-driven ballads and
melodic rockers come into full view. Tesla takes these tracks, which would be
perfect for the Nickelback crowd, and puts a unique touch on it, one that is
rooted in 80’s hard rock. Tesla has an edge to them that makes even the
softer tracks pack a punch.
The band hasn’t gone completely soft on us, with some of the hardest tracks
of the band’s post-hiatus career. “All Of Me” hits like a freight train, a
welcome relief from back-to-back melodic tracks. “One Day At A Time” is the
shortest song on the album, and not a second is wasted. Form the gang
vocals in the chorus to the shredding solo in the bridge; the track just
screams ‘crowd pleaser.’
It is with the final two tracks where the album comes together and takes the
ideas of the previous ten and blends into an excellent conclusion. From the
long solo in “The Game” to close out the album to the sudden shift in tempo,
leading to a metal riff fest in “In A Hole Again,” the last ten minutes of
Forever More are instantly memorable, long after the last note has been
Keith puts in an inspired performance on vocals, sounding like it was 1986 all
over again. Hannon and new guitarist Rude make quite a team, considering
they are relatively new as a guitar duo. Brian Wheat and Troy Luccketta keep
a steady rhythm, which is all you can ask for in a Tesla album.
Forever More is a surprise hit waiting to happen. With the right single and the
right promotion, Tesla could have a successful album on their hands.
Realistically, the die-hards will eat the album up and others may or may not
jump all over Forever More. Unlike most hard rock bands, Tesla has enough
experience in the songwriting category to provide a solid group of songs that
don't feel tired or similar to everybody else in the genre. Forever More is
another good Tesla album, and while not on par with their earlier material,
shows the rock universe that Tesla can still bring it after all these years.