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The Tea Party – Transmission

The Tea Party – Transmission

Back in 1991, a self titled album was making some noise on the airwaves and a song called, “Save Me”, began to grab the attention of Toronto. I was lucky enough to grab a tape of it, because this recording is a pretty rare find. A year later, the debut album came out called, “Splendor Solis”, and The Tea Party was making their mark as a new big band Canada could be proud of. The only problem was that their sound was always being compared to Led Zeppelin, and it didn’t help that the singer, Jeff Martin sounded like Jim Morrison from the Doors. Their second album saw some maturity and began to pull away from the comparisons to Zep and the Doors.

In 1997, The Tea Party released, “Transmission”, and the transition to a band with a completely original sound was born. The organic Rock and Roll sound was replaced with a new modern industrial sound mixed with traditional instruments from around the world. This blend of old world music and hard rock electronic tampering brought together a monstrous tour de force from an otherworldly dimension. The opening song, “Temptation” is the perfect opening song to seduce you into the foyer of new sounds that leave your brain both on fire and numb at the same time. It is as if there are psychic vampires built into each song to feed on pain and create a new reality before this album finishes off. Great example of this thought process is in the lyrics of songs like, “Psychopomp”, and “Release”, and especially, “Transmission” and “Babylon”! The final three songs carry a dark rich romantic energy that finishes this recording off extremely well. All in all, this is simply a great Industrial Gothic album that has none of the traditional gothic sounds. It is an album that truly stands out on its own inceptive quality.

As a side note the cover is a painting by the Bass Player, Stuart Chatwood, called, The Earth we Inherit.

Here are some images of The Tea Party:

Voivod – War and Pain-1984

Voivod – War and Pain-1984

Here is a quick history lesson on Heavy Metal. 1980 saw the explosion of Heavy Metal and it was coming from the Uk. This period was called the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Bands like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Motorhead engrained themselves in the North American Psyche as well as taking over the… Continue Reading

Blue Rodeo – Outskirts

Blue Rodeo – Outskirts

This little write up could have been about any Blue Rodeo record in their discography. The reason I chose this one was the fact that this was the first of many great recordings they would accomplish over their career. These boys are still going strong after 33 years since this record. Canada has a rich… Continue Reading

Klaatu – 3:47 EST

Klaatu – 3:47 EST

1976 – The Canadian Beatles Back in 1976 a colourful album was released which would soon spark conspiracy theories in the musical world. The world began to hear a beautifully embellished pop tune that would embrace alien life forms if they came to earth. This warm and heartfelt tune was called, “Calling Occupants on Interplanetary… Continue Reading

Nash The Slash – Decomposing

Nash The Slash – Decomposing

Decomposing was released in 1981 and was an EP released by Nash The Slash. Nash was known for wrapping himself in bandages and performing live, looking like the Invisible Man. Very few people had the privilege of knowing Nash without the bandages, but most fans were happy not to peek behind the Wizards curtain. His… Continue Reading