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Afterimage 'Temperance' Album Review By JD Rich



Krispy Krumble Records

Release Date: June 1, 2020

Album Review By JD Rich

Boston Rock Radio




Hail and welcome one and all! We’re heading to the stomping grounds of my youth up in the Granite State for an album review of Afterimage’s brand new debut EP, Temperance. These recent Keene State grads are all over various musical landscapes throughout 26 minutes of the EP’s runtime. Hard rock, blues-rock, a touch of Nu Metal, jam-band...it’s all packed into half a dozen songs. Vibes from various established bands that came before permeate Temperance, although perhaps not easily pinpointed. To further switch it up, each band member is organically given his chance to really shine in the spotlight.


Griffin Romprey’s vocals lightly morph between stylings of Jonathan Davis (Korn) and Paul Rodgers (Bad Company), with a subtle gleam of Glenn Danzig ever so slightly. Romprey combines all of these icons while carving out his own unique niche. Brandon Curcio tends to musically lean toward the classic rock/blues-rock end of the guitar (a la Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin), and he throws in some soulful 12-string action for extra punch. Bass player Casey Daron gets ample time to highlight his chops, think along the lines of Les Claypool (Primus), or even Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath). On a side note, I apologize if I incorrectly referred to him as Geezer. I have a close friend who met him some 20 years ago and was told he doesn’t go by Geezer, just Terry. That might have changed, I don’t know the guy personally, just going on a second-hand account. Anyway, back to Afterimage!


Drummer Andy LeCuyer manages to invoke the essences of John Bonham (Led Zeppelin, again) and Neil Peart (Rush, may they both Rest In Peace) to provide a powerful backdrop with just the right emphasis to set each mood. Keyboardist Jason Coburn infuses a Cream-like ambiance, contributing a somber undercurrent that keeps Temperance from wandering too far away.‚Äč 


There is a slew of diversity contained on this album. With a little bit of polish and experience, Afterimage could very well be the next generation’s Aerosmith. Hear for yourself, maybe you can pick out other influences. Temperance just became available at the start of June, and it’s one album you should add to your summer playlist.



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