Maverick records post grunge band Tantric have quite a lot to live up to from the success of their self titled debut released in 2001. It reached platinum status after over 1,000,000 copies sold and featured a #1 hit, one top 10 and one top 20 single so the band must be a little nervous now the first weeks since its release 2/24.
But it should go quite well because this follow up titled ?After we go? is a better album compared to their debut-that had a couple of quite anonymous blues oriented tracks. It feels like the band has learned something from their success with stronger melodies and a more constant level of songs this time. And even if they don?t have anything new to add to the music industry, like many bands, it is a recommendable band if you(just like me) are into this second wave of grunge influenced rock ala Nickelback and Puddle of Mudd. I grew up with bands like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Alice In Chains so it feels very nice to hear those new bands that have taken the Seattle rock to a new level with a more melodic and less frustrated message. Tantric is one of those bands and has with this new album taken a step forward and should be interesting for all those millions that have ?Silver side up? in their collections. The thing that separates Tantric from Nickelback and some millions of sold albums is that Chad Kroeger has really found a great recipe for writing monster hit tunes that these guys lack just a little compared to him. But like I said this is a good album that should satisfy all those thousands that bought their self-titled one and can?t get enough of their semi-grunge rock. One thing annoys me here though. The first two tracks ?Chasing after? and ?After we go? have almost identical riffs in their intros with just a different range that separates them. It?s really strange and as weird as Vertical Horizons Hoobastank rip-off on their last album. But except from that,this is a nice album with a good consistent level of songs and some killers.