"Temple of Red" (Self-produced)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Wetwork is, if you can believe it, sort of a Rush meets The Alan Parsons Project meets Henry Rollins meets Metallica. 

Sort of.

It takes balls for an unsigned band to record and self-distribute a concept album but Wetwork has done just that. In fact, "Temple of Red" is more than a concept album - it's a stunning conglomeration of spoken word and story-telling songs that works so well as a whole that it's more of an audio novel than a simple concept album with each track acting as a separate chapter. The musicianship is technically excellent and astonishingly emotional at the same time. Kudos to Wetwork for a bold, artistically satisfying CD.

Wetwork: Bryan Mallon, lead guitar and lead vocals; Jeff Peach, bass guitar and backing vocals; Tim Windsor, drums and percussion; Frank Gorse, guitars and backing vocals.

For more information, check out http://www.wetwork.ca.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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