"When Travis Meeks, the volatile frontman for the platinum - selling band Days Of The New, fired his band in 1998, what seemed like an end for those who were let go (guitarist Todd Whitener, bassist Jesse Vest, drummer Matt Taul) turned into a new beginning. Add lead singer Hugo Ferreira and Tantric is the result.It would be impossible to describe the sound of this band without the inevitable references to DOTN. They sound very much like the first DOTN CD, you remember... the good one. The vocals here even sound the same and the comparisons to Layne from Alice in Chains will also be made I'm sure. But this is almost a genre all to itself, sort of "acoustic hard rock" maybe. This isn't gloom and doom either, it's upbeat.Strong points of the CD include the songs "Breakdown", "Mourning", and the amazing song "Astounded". But overall there really isn't much filler. These guys are obviously good songwriters with a knack for playing some catchy riffs and throwing in some good harmonies. I hope they catch on. Hard rock could really use some real musicians."
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I wasn't really disappointed about the Days of the New breakup (massive lay-off is probably a better description), because I never really like DOTN. Travis Meeks's lyrics never really did anything for me-- "The shelf in the room has been the way . . ." Gimme a break.Then I heard the new "Breakdown" on the radio, and felt like I should get the album to hear the rest of Tantric's work. When I learned that the former emembers of DOTN and a new lead singer (Ferreira) made up Tantric, I was even more intrigued. I stood in line at the store hoping that I wasn't throwing another $12 down the drain. Turned out to be some of the best $12 I've spent recently.This album is excellent. Obviously reminsicent of the DOTN sound, but I've found the lyrics to be a lot more intelligent, and I like Ferreira's voice better than Meeks's. The double-tracked harmonies with his voice are "astounding." I also must compliment the entire band, because these guys are real musicians-- they play with different effects and styles, (employing keyboards in some songs), while still keeping to a DOTN/Alice in Chains hard rock sound. My favorite tracks are "Breakdown," "I Don't Care," "Mourning," "Astounded," "All to Myself," and "Hate Me."Overall, this entire album really shines. You'll be hard-presed to find any filler. If you enjoy the styles of DOTN and/or Alice in Chains, this is a must-have. Do yourself a favor and purchase this album. You won't regret it!"
Matt | Omaha, Ne. | 02/16/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ok, let me just start by saying that I usually buy 2-3 CD's a week but so far this year nothing has really come out that has impressed me.....until now. The former members of Days of the New plus new singer Hugo have released the most awesome new rock record for a long time. It is amazing how much Hugo sounds like Travis Meeks and even better. Almost like Layne Staley in a way too.... He is backed by the extremely talented original Days of the New band and they pull off all 12 tracks on this album flawlessly-it rocks all the way through. Personal faves are "Mourning", "Astounded", "Hate Me", and of course "Breakdown." but like I said, every song is great. I also had the pleasure of seeing these guys live (opening for Dust For Life) a couple of weeks ago in Omaha and they blew Dust for Life off the stage. It was ... awesome so if they come to your town definatly check them out(It only cost me 6$ too!) So go out and get the CD and tell your friends too. This is the best album I have heard in a long time-it deserves 10 stars."
After all of these years, somebody finally got it right!
Mike Warden | Tarkio, Mo. USA | 01/30/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Where in the hell have these guys been hiding?! I understand that the current line-up is what's left of "Days Of The New", but this is even better.
From the opening "Breakdown" to the closer "Inside Your head", this CD flat out rocks! It has been several years since I've heard anything NEW that sounds so good. The line-up consists of Hugo Ferreira-vocals, Matt Taul-drums, Jesse Vest-Bass, and Todd Whitener-guitar-vocals. I don't know what they're using to write these songs..but I'm impressed!
There seems to be a mixture of influences here. Ferreira sounds a lot like Jim Morrison at times, and I don't think the comparison is stretching the truth at all. I also have caught a little of a Ronnie Montrose (Gamma) when I listen to guitar riffs on this CD. There is even a faint Allman Brothers buzz here! Having compared these fellas to some old timer's, I can also hear a bit of Metalica coming out.
Tantric has managed to blend and mold several influences well on this CD. There is even a bit of (just a little) country influence here. Combined with stellar song writing and a vocal delivery that enables the listener to really understand what is being said, the Louisville Kentucky natives have put out a recording that really hits home lyrically.
The men of Tantric let you know that THEY know what's up, and they're not afraid to tell you either! Such a breath of fresh air after so many years of politically correct recordings."
Scott P | 10/11/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First off, I have to give snaps to the guys of Tantric. You guys rock. I have loved these guys ever since I heard "Breakdown" for the first time. When they came out with "Astounded" I knew I had to get the album. I love their style of music and it's really cool to know that Rock Lives On! This is the type of music I grew up listening to and now that that I am older, it's still great to hear. I just want to say good luck to the guys in the band and keep up the great work!To all of you people out there that think Tantric sucks- you need to rethink where all this rock music began. If you liked Alice in Chains, etc. when you were growing up, you know how all of the kids feel now. Let them listen to the real essence of rock n roll and stop whining about how "rock is dead"Oh, and to all of you out their that think Tantric sucks because you listen to Tool, System of a Down, etc.- I listen to those bands as well."