Welcome to Hell

Label: AOR Heaven
Three similar bands: Tarot/Journey/Boston

Ratings: HHHHHHH (4/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm
1. Welcome To Hell
2. Hold On To Me
3. 1-2-3-4 GO!
4. So Damn Cruel
5. Pride
6. Stay
7. Not Enough To Love Me
8. Hiding In Plain Sight
9. Survive
10. Lies Grow Lies
11. Silver

Tom Rask – drums
Jykä Sirainen – bass
Riitis - guitars,keys and backing vocals
Tommi “Tuple” Salmela - vocals and backing vocals

Wooden Box (2020)

Noora Louhimo – guest vocals on ‘Survive’
Tony Kakko – additional backing vocals
Janne Tolsa – mixing, mastering and additional keys
Erkka Korhonen – guitar solos on 5 songs


Released 2021-05-28
Reviewed 2021-06-03


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Tuple from Finland welcomes us to hell with the new album, an umbrella clad Tuple guy is on the cover. I find it to be a pretty good cover considering it is white and not dark like most of the covers we get, and it is always good to have an umbrella. It is the second album by Tuple, the debut from 2020 did quite well reaching the charts in their native Finland. They are said to be inspired by the likes of Boston, Journey and that kind of bands.

This album offers melodic rock music, AOR perhaps, with some touches of the progressive rock genre. Good vocals. Good production. The ideas are not exactly original, and there is a strong air of familiarity to the songs on this album. I think the playing time is a tad on the longer side, and the originality is somewhat lacking. The variation of songs is pretty much the expected, you kind of draw parallels to the bands that are inspiring tuple and don’t really think of them as creative as their music has been done before.

I find this album to be quite good, the songs are fine and relatively entertaining. It isn’t anything that really stand out or blow you away, it isn’t fantastic or amazing, but it is an album that works. A solid yet unspectacular album. The opening title track is the one I like the best, none of the tracks are what I would call weak, but they aren’t exactly great either. I guess it presses the right buttons but offers nothing that feels fresh or exciting.

If you like the melodic rock or hardrock stuff it might be a good choice for you as it probably presses all the right buttons, but don’t expect it to be one of the greatest albums you have ever heard. Buyers will certainly not be disappointed, one or two might even be impressed. I think Tuple’s new album works quite well, it is a solid but unfortunately a little unspectacular album and I doubt it will make much of a mark in the scrolls of music.