TUNGSTEN - THE RESERVOIR (Independent)
(Review by Stefan)
“The Reservoir” is Philadelphia based, female fronted Tungsten’s debut album where they have been working for two years. Why it took such a long period of time became clear after I heard the album, Tungsten was very busy creating their own brand, actually a mixture of both Progressive Rock and Metal. In the world of progressive music, the competition is extremely tough these days which means that you have to compete with countless other bands… as in any battle, only the strong survive ! Tungsten has made the right decision to me, they choose their style to be influenced by both older and newer progressive elements and the eight songs on their self financed ‘The Reservoir’ prove that it works contagious. It doesn’t matter whether you like good old Rush, Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa, Jethro Tull, Magnum or nowadays acts in the likes of Lacuna Coil, The Gathering, Opeth, Mastodon… Tungsten is the living proof that, while delivering Progressive Metal, not always mean you have to be affected by the greatest or most famous like, among others: Dream Theater/Symphony X. Bands influenced by these giants, well it’s their own legitimate right but Tungsten removed themselves from this thought and again, they took the right decision and succeeded anyhow.
“The Reservoir” does not radiate a complete Metal character, not al all basically. All of the songs are made by a complex manner keeping a watchful eye regarding the musical details. Each player is technically gifted and resulting in pleasing compositions. At the front of the stage, female singer Titi Musick has taken place to deliver her properly conducted vocals to the crowd. TM’s vocal range is reasonably high, mostly using her throat in a clean way but most of all, she impresses me when she sings with more momentum, with more screaming power actually. I also really do like the both guitarists those who play in a quite technical yet melodic way, they’re also able to take me back to the good old days of Classic Rock and Metal where all was pretty simple, still very memorable and joyful. The keyboards play a big role as well but that’s all part of the Tungsten game, without adding this instrument to their music, the term ‘progressive’ would not be applicable. The well worked out drums and related bass works are good to me, Tungsten deliver the goods for sure and it is immediately proved with the first song ‘Water Over Stone’…
A dark and atmospheric ProgMetal piece which immediately shows us the true nature of the band. Along with this one, front lady Titi underlines her qualities, more particularly her versatility. Enjoy the great Pink Floyd type solo in the beginning, the old style guitar riffage and every now and than, tatters of the early Evergrey period coming up… worthy opener for sure ! Back to the Classic Rock era in the beginning of next track ‘Contamination’ which comes on strong as soon as the guitars start to rumble and while offering vocals that are really good, even very powerful at moments. What a beautiful melodic solo as well ! ‘Wanders Why’ starts very easy but that’s just a temporary situation, watch out for the band’s leading lady delivering (every now and than) ‘totally unexpected’ death grunt vocal parts… yet another proof of her versatility. ‘The Opera House’ is another highlight featuring amazing guitar works of both axemen. Full melodic and pure as can, great job guys ! ‘The Reservoir’ may close the album in a very professional way. A song with a whole lot of musical variation, actually a true definition of what the band is all about.
Tungsten’s “The Reservoir” became a decent debut album featuring well skilled musicians those who are able bringing many pleasant moments to your ears. Fans with a broad view on the term Progressive Rock & Metal music are recommended to order this cut on the double at: http://tungstenphilly.com/ Get more information via: https://www.facebook.com/TungstenPhilly
My Points: 84 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish