These guys are one of those mystery bands to me. I think they're fine, just can't figure out why people fall over themselves for them as I think they're average to below average in the overall scheme of things. BUT, that is why I am a strong advocate for to eaching their owning. I'm glad people dig, I just don't really understand why.
Anyway, new album is basically what these guys do. Solid, eclectic and half decent... but not great. I did think 'Beat of Your Heart' was a nice ballad. Drum sound interesting too. Took me genuinely 6-7 songs to figure out what I thought of it - if I liked it or not. I think I settled on the fact it's cool. I think.
Anyway, I assume fans will adore this for whatever reasons they loved the other ones. Me, I think it's adequate, again.
I'm not in the camp enough to say this is utter shit because honestly, it's not. It is capable melodic hard rock and if I put myself in the honest box, if nothing else was considered and this came along in a year like 1996 or something, it'd be a well appreciated album.
BUT, all things considered, I agree that it's a pass. It's all capable, but it's very bland and it's just impossible to listen to this project without wondering why it's still called Sunstorm without JLT. It doesn't make sense.
Anyway, I thought 'Hold The Night' was a passable keeper but the rest is predictable, uninspired and bored.
Ok. I can understand your thinking regarding one`s favorite bands. In my case it was Bon Jovi. First album I ever bought was Slippery, liked NEw Jersey even better. Saw them live few times, but after 1995 only some good songs on each album but still bought albums, since Richie left I cant stand their latest albums or even live. So from that scenario I see that I am not just following my favorite bands regardles what they put out.
But in Tesla case I do stlll enjoy their releases, even those post 2010. A admit that Shock had some filler but also some of their best songs post 2000 like The Mission. I do miss the heavier element that Tommy brought. songs like Dont de-rock me, Action talks.
In rough order.....
Dangerous Toys – Pissed
Michael Sweet – Michael Sweet
Motley Crue – Motley Crue
Great White – Sail Away
Gun – Swagger
LA Guns – Vicious Circle
Jackyl – Push Comes To Shove
Cinderella – Still Climbing
Electric Boys – Freewheelin’
Enuff Z Nuff - Seven
Gilby Clarke – Pawnshop Guitars
Juno Roxas – Far From Here
Kiss – Kiss My Ass
Alice Cooper – The Last Temptation
Manic Eden – Manic Eden
Big Bang Babies – Black Market
Tuff – Fist First
Freak Of Nature – Gathering Of The Freaks
Sass Jordan – Rats
Trixter – Undercovers
The Heavy’s – Metal Marathon