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  • Into The Now, a CD that is full of incredibly well written songs that any rock n roll fan would love.The band breaks into the album’s heaviest and most modern track to open the album. Into The Now certainly let’s listeners know where the band is at. The track features dark and heavy guitar riffs and a deeper than usual rasp from vocalist Jeff Keith. The chorus doesn’t break the sonic attack at all. It’s relatively short, but effective. There isn’t any big guitar solos, but rather some production effects and vocal filters used mid-song. All very effective and cleverly done to prove Tesla can update and remain cool.Look @ Me kicks off and closes with the same snappy guitar/drum beat. The guitars aren’t quite as tuned down as the title track, but remain heavy and pack a punch. The chorus remains short, but is more typical of what we expect from Tesla. What A Shame is even closer to the classic sound of the band’s past. The chorus is stronger than either of the opening tracks and the song features that unmistakable electric/acoustic hybrid the band is famed for. Heaven Nine Eleven changes the pace of the album nicely. This is a dark and groovy hard rocker with a strong hint of the classic Tesla sound, just heavier. Things are varied up a little by the use some vocal effects during the chorus and a perfect build in intensity to the heavy chorus break. This track is another great example of the band updating their sound and using cleaver production techniques to blend the old with the new.Words Can’t Explain could be lifted from just about any of the band’s past albums, given that’s its acoustic driven with a riff-heavy chorus. The song builds and gets heavier as it goes and is really one for the old die-hards. Caught In A Dream is a really enjoyable acoustic ballad with a big chorus hook.Miles Away is an interesting track. It clocks in over 6 minutes and is a lyrically touching track utilizing an acoustic verse, before launching into a heavy guitar riff bridge. Another musically intelligent and interesting track.Mighty Mouse is a straight ahead rocker.Got No Glory is one of the album’s heaviest tracks. Featuring a killer guitar riff, the song isn’t one of the more melodic, relying more on the impact of those guitar riffs.Come To Me is another acoustic driven, laid back number with a good chorus hook. While it is acoustic driven, it’s another track that sounds new and features a great lead vocal.Recognize is another darker and heavier track, even if the tempo is pretty slow. The song has a bridge-chorus set up, where the tempo picks up, with an aggressive guitar riff.Only You closes the album with another new twist. This is an all acoustic track with strings and a truly haunting feel. One feels a sense of satisfaction when reaching the end of the album. It’s a fan pleaser despite challenging the listener to grow with the band. Some fans may take longer to warm to the new sound, while others will grab it enthusiastically first time around. It rocks hard, is very well written and perfectly produced.Into The Now really is a great example of a classic band moving into the present, but without abandoning what is expected of them – their classic sound.

    Posted on February 13, 2010