Tempt - 'Runaway'



THE BAND:
Zach Allen – Lead Vocals
Harrison Marcello – Guitars
Nicholas Burrows – Drums
Max McDonald – Bass

 

 

TRACK FRAGMENTS:
1.) "Comin’ On To You" - This track opens with the lyric line, "comin' up to you".  Since the press sheet doesn't say any of the members sing back-up.  Then I can only guess that Zach overdubbed this lyric line because there was lead plus backing vocals.  After this lyric line there was a very short rest that lead to a rhythm guitar arrangement.  This rhythm guitar arrangement last for eight measures.  For the last half of the third measure there was a couple snare cracks.  The at the end of the fourth measure of the intro there was a cymbal crash along with a tom-tom fill.  This fill connected the intro with the musical verse.  At this point the bass and drum line kicks in.  There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse.  After the verse for the musical chorus the lyric line "comin' On Too You" was repeated twice.  The two backing harmony lyric lines were connected by a few lead guitar licks.  After the two backing vocal lines there a rhythm guitar change over the top of a rhythm guitar change.  The choruses short with huge hooks.  The second chorus was arranged just like the first chorus.  In between the second and third chorus there was a couple lead lyric line that consisted of a backing harmony.  After the third chorus there was a rhythm guitar change that lead to the lead guitar solo.  The lead guitar solo ran underneath the fourth chorus and throughout the coda.
2.) "Under My Skin" - For this intro section Harrison overdubbed a second rhythm guitar arrangement over the top of the main rhythm guitar.  This second rhythm guitar arrangement was more of a lead rhythm.  There was a musical rest connecting the intro with the musical verse.  Over the top of this musical rest consisted of a snare drum effect.  There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse.  Also for the musical verse the band went back down to one rhythm guitar arrangement.  The verse consisted of a musical hook.  The second lyric line consisted of Zach carrying out the last lyric.  After the first lyrical verse Harrison kicked-in a second rhythm guitar arrangement for the musical chorus.  The last lyric of the last lyric line of the chorus consisted of a vocal echo.  Underneath the rhythm guitar arrangement connecting the first chorus with the second verse consisted of a snare/tom-tom fill.  The first lyric line of the musical chorus consisted of a backing vocal.  There also was backing vocals underneath the lyric line that consisted the title in it.  After the third chorus there was two lyric line that lead to the lead guitar solo.  This lead guitar solo was also on the short side however, it had a very intense hook.  Scattered underneath the solo there are a couple tom-tom licks.  At the end of the coda there was a musical rest that consisted of a vocal line.
3.) "Paralyzed" - This intro opened with a rhythm guitar arrangement over the top of a drum line. Nicholas's hi-hat had an amazing sound.  The rhythm guitar arrangement had such a thick heavy sound to it, that you could argue it was overdubbed.  However, I only hear one guitar so I am going  to guess that it was only one.  There was a snare fill connecting the intro with the musical verse.  The fill runs underneath the first lyric line of the verse.  The band used the same rhythm arrangement for the musical verse as the one they used for the intro.  There was a rhythm guitar change for the second verse.  In between the first and second lyric line of the second chorus Harrison's rhythm guitar riff was very similar to almost the same as the main riff of T Rex's - "Bang A Gong".  Or, that is what it reminded me of.  Zakk carried out the last note of the last lyric line of the verse.  There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical chorus.  The musical and lyrical chorus consisted of a huge hook.  After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo.  Over the top of the lead guitar solo there was several lead vocal lines.  The lead guitar solo connected the second and third chorus.  In between the music arrangement and the lead vocal line of the fourth chorus there was a minor lead guitar solo.
4.) "Use It Or Lose It" - This intro opens with a lyric line that consisted of backing vocals.  The lyric line was done with a vocal effect.  After the lyric line the musical intro kicks-in.  The musical intro consisted with a classic eighties hard rock intro arrangement.  There was a guitar riff change connecting the musical intro with the musical verse.  The musical verse consisted of a rhythm guitar change.  The first half of the fifth and sixth lyric lines of the verse consisted of a backing harmony.  The first lyric line of the chorus consisted of a lyric line.  There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical chorus.  The vocal lines gave the chorus a huge hook.  The third lyric line of the second verse consisted of Zach using a vocal growl.  It sounded like the second chorus consisted of two different rhythm guitar arrangements.  After the third verse there was a lead guitar solo.  Underneath the third chorus there was a minor lead guitar solo.  There was a minor lead guitar solo that ran through the chorus all the way through the coda.
5.) "Runaway" - This was a very cool eighties hard rock influenced ballad.
6.)  "Aamina" - There was a minor lead guitar solo over the top of this intro arrangement.  The drum line of the musical intro consisted of several cymbal crashes.  There The rhythm guitar of the musical verse consisted of several musical rests.  The musical verse consisted of a rhythm guitar change.  In between the lyric lines there was several lead guitar licks.  There was two choruses back to back.  After the second chorus the band slowed the music down leading into the lead guitar solo.  The third chorus was arranged as if it was a breakdown section.  After the forth chorus the song ended.  The song seemed awful short considering it had a running time of almost four minutes.
7.) "Sapphire" - This intro consisted of a very intense rhythm guitar arrangement.  The band used the same rhythm arrangement for the musical verse as the one they used for the intro.  There was a short tom-tom fill connecting the musical verse.  Zach's vocals of the verse have an early Jon Bon Jovi feel to them.  The band basically used the same rhythm arrangement for the musical chorus as the one for the verse.  There only difference is they tweaked it just a little changing a few notes here and there.  There was a lead guitar effect connecting the first chorus with the second verse.  After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo.  The lead guitar solo ran underneath the third chorus.
8.) "The Fight" -This track sounded as if it could have been a bonus track from Bon Jovi's first self-titled CD, released on January 21, 1984.  The intro to this track was almost the same intro arrangement Bon Jovi used on their first hit "Runaway".  Just like Bon Jovi's version there was a lead guitar effect connecting the musical intro with the musical verse.  After the second lyric line of the first verse the band kicks-in the song.  The lyric lines were even arranged in a Jon Bon Jovi style.  There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical chorus.  The chorus consisted of a huge vocal hook.  There was a huge tom-tom fill connecting the second verse with the second chorus.  After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo.  The lead guitar solo lead to the third chorus.  After the third chorus there was a second lead guitar solo.  This lead guitar solo was the major solo of the song.  The major lead guitar solo ran through the musical coda.
9.) "What Is Love"  - This track opens with Nicholas playing an eighth-note on his china boy.  Underneath the rhythm guitar arrangement there was a hi-hat pattern along with several cymbal crashes and tom-tom fills.  There was a tom-tom fill connecting the musical intro with the musical verse.  The band used the same rhythm guitar arrangement for the intro as the one they used for the musical verse.  The vocal lines of the verse consisted of a classic eighties hard rock feel and sound.  Before the chorus arrangement there is five verses.  The, 1, 2, 35,6,7, 13, 14, and 15 lyric lines of these verses consisted of a backing vocal.  Underneath the fourth lyric line and thirteenth lyric line Harrison overdubbed a second rhythm guitar riff.  This second rhythm guitar arrangement was different than they main rhythm.  There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical chorus.  The chorus consisted of a huge lyrical hook.  There was a lead guitar solo connecting the first and second choruses.
10.) "Time Won't Heal" -  This ballad was completely amazing!!!!!
11.) "Love Terminator - This track opens with the full band.  Over the top of the rhythm guitar there was three guitar licks.  Underneath these lead guitar licks there was a tom-tom pattern.  For the intro instead of Harrison playing a standard rhythm guitar arrangement he played a lead guitar rhythm.  The intro consisted of a very reminiscent classic eighties hard rock feel.  There was a lead guitar lick connecting the musical intro with the musical verse.  The rhythm guitar of the musical verse was very similar to the one Harrison wrote for the intro.  The  musically the verse reminded me of the guitar sound George Lynch used on early Dokken songs.  The way Zach's arranged the lyric lines had an early Van Halen sound to them.  This was a very strange combination.  There was a musical arrangement change for the musical chorus.  The lead and backing vocals of the chorus gave the chorus a very sweet hook.  I just feel in love with the arrangement of this chorus.   There was a musical and lyrical breakdown section after the first chorus.  This breakdown section lead to a lead guitar solo.  After the solo there was a chorus arrangement.
12.) "Fucked Up Beautiful" - This track opens with a rhythm guitar riff over the top of a heavy sounding drum pattern.  The musical intro was very short.  The band used the same guitar rhythm for the musical verse as the one for the musical intro.  For the first verse the second half of the second lyric line consisted of a backing vocal.  The for the second measure what would be the sixth and eighth lyric line consisted of a backing vocal.  There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical chorus.  The choruses consisted of a huge vocal hook.  The chorus consisted of two different rhythm guitar arrangement.  There was a minor lead guitar solo connecting the first chorus with the second verse.  After the second chorus there was a major lead guitar solo.  Over the top of the lead guitar solo there was a couple lead vocal lines.  There was a complete rhythm arrangement change for the third chorus.  This rhythm  change consisted of an acoustic guitar arrangement.  The chorus was repeated throughout the rest of the song and over the top of the coda.
13.) "Neurochild" -This intro opens with a snare crack.  The intro consisted of a standard intro arrangement.  The intro consisted of what sounded like two different rhythm guitar arrangements,  The intro should have consisted of a minor lead guitar solo.  There was a tom-tom fill connecting the musical intro with the musical verse.  The musical verse consisted of a rhythm guitar change.  The musical verse consisted of two different rhythm guitar arrangements.  For the musical verse the band dropped the lead guitar rhythm.  However, they used the same rhythm guitar arrangement for the verse as the one they used for the intro.  Nicholas opened his hi-hat in between each lyric line of the musical verse.  The fifth lyric line consisted of a backing harmony.  After the fifth lyric line there was a few lead guitar licks.  There was a tom-tom fill connecting the musical verse with the musical chorus.  The backing harmonies were amazing.  After the second chorus there was a minor lead guitar solo.          
14.) "Dirty One" - This track opens with a fairly standard intro arrangement.  The drum line of the intro consisted of a cowbell.  There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse.  Though there was a rhythm change for the musical chorus the band kept the chorus pretty simple.  The rhythm guitar connecting the choruses had a slowed sown Metallica riff.  After I believe the fourth chorus there was a lead guitar solo.  The lead guitar solo ran underneath the rest of the choruses throughout the coda.            
15.) "Aamina" (MW) - basically the same as track six.



    'Runaway' is the second release from the New York based band Tempt. (click on the CD title to read review of Tempt's first release 'Under My Skin'.
    Usually when a band releases a CD as great as Temp's first release was. They spend much of the next few years on the road touring and writing songs for the next release in their free time.  Because of this bands will usually hit a sophomore slump.  So the songs on the next release will not be as good.  This is not the case with 'Runaway'.  I do not care what any band member ever tells you it is very difficult to write songs on the road. 
    Now there was a two year period between 'Under My Skin' and the new CD 'Runaway' and I do not know how massive the band toured for 'Under My Skin'.  It could have been they just done six months worth of dates and had a year and a half to write 'Runaway'.  I don't know I wasn't there.  However even if you put that aside Tempt replace two key members since recording their freshman release.  So that alone, getting use to not only one but two personalities and two playing styles is very difficult.  I can tell you from personal experience this really can mess with the band's chemistry.  However in Tempt's case it did not affect their chemistry at all.  In fact, if anything the new members have made the band stronger! 
    You can put Tempt side by side to %99 of the hard rock bands of the eighties era and Tempt would win most if not all of the comparisons.  In the twenty years I have been doing this and I think this is the first fifteen track CD where I can put it in the CD player and rotate the entire disc without skipping a track!  Tempt's first release was heavily rotated and I have a sneaking suspension so will Tempt's 'Runaway'.  If you are a fan of eighties hard rock then you will fall in love with this band.  While you are picking up your copy of 'Runaway' you might as well pick up a copy of their first release, 'Under My Skin'!