Tantric

After We Go

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Tantric's sophomore effort is unflinchingly faithful to the formula of their successful 2001 debut. Aided again by Alice in Chains producer Toby Wright, the quartet banks mightily on that band's model, offering a mix of meaty hammer-down riffs, ringing acoustic guitars, and heaping helpings of the two-part harmony sound that's become Alice in Chains' legacy. As Kentuckians, Tantric's ex-Days of the New contingent does fit a pinch of Southern rock between the cheek and gum. But behind the typical bellow of Hugo Ferreira -- who suggests everyone from Staley and Vedder to Aaron Lewis and the guy from Seether -- After We Go becomes standard post-grunge fare. Highlights include the shredding lead riff of opener "Chasing After," as well as a satisfactory mid-album cover of Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain."

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