Their name is strange, Teodor Tuff, but there music is strangely interesting, even compelling, on their second disc, Soliloquy. The larger musical species here is heavy metal, heavy rock at the very least, but with enough intrigue in composition to be progressive metal.
Yet, within this larger theme, Teodor Tuff some genuine accessibility; they know how to craft a melody and turn a hook. You can hear this even some of the most heavy numbers like Mind Over Matter and Tower of Power, which close the album. But it's also found in the nearly melancholy Mountain Rose.
The band can be brisk and bristling, turning on a prog-power motif, as on Delusions of Grandeur, perhaps a bit of irony there as well. Then Teodor Tuff can be quirky, nearly unexplainable, but definitely provocative with the hymn-like opener, Godagar. Lullaby offers some of that twist, beginning lightly and lyrically as the name suggests, only to erupt into a soaring crescendo. Finally, for the epic and likely most conventional sound here, there's Heavenly Manna which has three guitar solos from three different players.
Teodor Tuff's Soliloquy could nearly throw you off from the start, and possibly through the first spin, with their variations. But if you bear down and listen carefully there's some intriguing progressive metal here. Quite recommended.
Teodor Tuff's Soliloquy could nearly throw you off from the start, and possibly through the first spin, with their variations. But if you bear down and listen carefully there's some intriguing progressive metal here.
Mat Sinner is both an icon and legend in the German, and the larger European, hard rock and heavy metal scene. Cranking out music since 1982, Sinner is an industrious and prolific musician and producer whether through his namesake band, the heavy metal heroes Primal ... [ Read More ]