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Into the Now

4.5 out of 5 stars 115 customer reviews

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Media Type: CD
Artist: TESLA
Title: INTO THE NOW
Street Release Date: 03/09/2004
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Genre: HEAVY METAL
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 9, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • ASIN: B0001FVER2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,760 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Sam on March 15, 2004
Format: Audio CD
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.
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Of course the group Tesla is perhaps my all time favorite rock group and the album happens to be their first studio recording in ten years, an album entitled Into the Now.
So what do we have here? Yes, it's the old Tesla sound from fifteen years ago and it sounds wonderful. In my previous review of Tesla's classic 1989 recording The Great Radio Controversy I stated that Tesla "was basically Pop-metal sort of a cross between Guns and Roses and Tom Petty. Tesla also benefited from the very unusual sound of vocalist Jeff Keith. His voice was gravely and high pitched and couldn't have fit the music better." I still think this is an appropriate description, so I'll stick with it.
So is it a good album? You bet, Tesla should never have disappeared. They were mistakenly considered a Hair Band and faded with the advent of Grunge, but their new music sounds both the same as fifteen years ago and current. At least to me, a testament that they should have always have been here.
But is it a great album? Well here's the rub. It's no Great Radio Controversy but hardly anything is. Into the Now is a prototypical, Tesla album, heavy, melodic, focused, and understated. Songs like "Into the Now", "What @ Shame", "Come to Me", "Recognize" and "Miles Away" are some of the best they have done and I like "Heaven Nine Eleven" as good as anything they have done. I guess I might say that Into the Now is almost but not quite a great album

My conclusion is succinct. If you are not familiar with Tesla you might want to check them out. After all they were one of the bigger bands in the late eighties and early nineties and in fact were considered by many, the musicians band. What do I mean by that?
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Tesla's "Into The Now" is a great album. Yes, album, I say my friends. An album the likes of which one listens to from start to finish. Like Pete Townsend's "Empty Glass", Rush's "Permanant Waves", Beatles' "Abby Road", The Stone's "Black and Blue", Van Halen I , to name a few. And, when it's over, you play it again, and again. Do I have the nerve to elevate this record to that status? Yes, I do. Why? Because it's a hard rock classic in an era of mostly crap. It will never get the mass air play it deserves. If you are reading this, you're probably no stranger to Tesla. Make no mistake, it's a monumental effert of great hooks, song writing, and in your face rock n roll. Buy it.
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Tesla has always struck me as a band that, in spite of emerging at the wrong time, still had enough chops to rise above the garbage that was the mid 80s "Hair Band" marketing blitz. If Tesla showed up in the late 70s to say 1982, they would've never had to bear the burden of MTV's hair nation. The band has always shown top notch musical capabilities and excellent songwriting skills. Their accoustical shows of the early 90s exemplified their ability to play outside of the box and proved that they were musicians capable of more than producer/studio driven nonsense that record companies pound out like aluminum cans when they think they've got a new revenue stream. But enough of that, onto the present day.

Tesla returns years later with a very nice recording that once again shows that they are still worthy of putting out new music. Released on the Sanctuary label ( a haven for so many acts from the past). "Into The Now" shows a mature band staying somewhat true to what it has always done, while at the same time adapting to the mood of the current music scene. Reference Scorpions and "Unbreakable" as another example of this. There is enough of everything for everyone with "Into The Now", that no one should truly be disappointed with the tracks on this record. Jeff's vocals are every bit the Jeff of old and while the band has given way to some of the solo indulgence that permeated the 80s, they are still dialed into every song they play with the precision of a band who knows and enjoys what they're doing and isn't pressured to deliver a certain sound.

I'm uncertain as to how many units this release has sold to date, but it certainly has proven that this band deserves to have another effort released and remain exposed to the public at large.
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