Of course I had high expectations, which usually isn't a very good thing to have. Just ask Metallica fans about their high expectations and they will rant for hours about how disappointing their favorite band can be. Still, expecting nothing short of amazing, I shoved the album into my cd player, gave the volume control a firm twist and prepared to get blown away again. 'First Light' started playing, causing the thought "excellent intro". So far so good, and then 'Smoke from Distant Fires' started.
While the song blasted through my left ear (the good one), my right ear barfed out all the expectations and possible scenarios in case the album was not to my linking. That does indeed mean "fuck, this is good". My head immediately started nodding and when the blast beats came in, my blackened metal heart joined the party. The post rock loving side of my inner-being gladly approved the calmer parts. Much like their gig at AMC, this proved to be more than satisfactory, and that was just one track.
I don't think there is much difference between '12 Areas' and 'Tempest', except for the fact that the latter shows a mature and well-attuned band, more so than their previous effort. Telepathy still hold onto their blend of instrumental post-rock/metal, sludge and doom, here and there throwing some blackened elements into the mix. However, on this album they come up with a massive production, a coherent sound and a professional attitude, which obviously are good signs. Telepathy are certainly growing.
I cannot pick a favorite track here, or rather, I really don't want to. 'Celebration Of Decay' is a highlight, that's true, but so are the others. I mostly prefer to listen to the entire album, as if it is a concept album but I'm also quite sure that all these tracks will end up in my shuffling day-to-day playlist. I suggest you do something similar: get your hands on a copy of this masterpiece and play it loud. In my humble opinion, 'Tempest' is one of the best things that ever came out of the heavy post-whatever scene. It's that good!!!