Tefra - _7/10ths to Madness_
(Independent, 2002)
by: Pedro Azevedo (6 out of 10)
Unashamedly sporting a distinct Black Sabbath influence, Tefra do their best to keep their sound fresh in spite of that. Everything is in place, including the heavy guitar grooves and the Ozzy-like vocals. Considering the handicap of not bringing much innovation to the table, Tefra's music needed to have some sort of outstanding qualities in order to give the listener something worthwhile. Unfortunately, while the band is certainly competent, their songwriting doesn't seem to be quite good enough to make people really notice them: the songs aren't especially memorable, and their style is very unidimensional throughout. As a result, _7/10ths to Madness_ is a fun EP to play, but it is forgettable in the long run. I won't say that Tefra need to find their own identity, because they don't seem to be interested in trying very hard at all in that area. What they do need is to take their songwriting ability to a new level in order to stand out from the crowd.

Contact: http://www.tefra.org

(article published 5/4/2003)

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