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Template

by Template

Australia's premier art/progressive rock masters.
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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1. Opening Credits
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2. Holly Wouldn't
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3. Precious Pressures
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4. The Last Pages
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5. Keep It
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6. Rotten Child
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7. Can't Take a Joke
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8. Can't Take a Joke Pt. 1
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The first album from Melbourne, Australia's TEMPLATE.
Released in 2003, the band were barely together 6 months before recording this offering. Features the huge live favourite "Opening Credits/Holly Wouldn't"


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Borgy

Good album.
This album sounds good, and the music is good with some crazy lyrics, and good production for a debut album not even on a record lable.

Brad Dixon for OzProg

An eclectic collection of very powerful, complex and stunning songs
Template are, to put it simply, an amazingly talented progressive rock trio. Fronted by the eccentric, over-the-top Mike Mills (guitar/vocals), and with drummer Peter Martin and bassist Jarrod Ross in support, they make for a very entertaining and eclectic combination. If you're a fan of classic rock, progressive rock, or progressive metal, there's something on this album for you. The CD does have some obvious influences here and there (Led Zeppelin and Tool for example), but the overall sound of the record is very unique.

The highlight of the album is the opening track (well, technically it's two tracks): "Opening Credits" / "Holly Wouldn't". It's a 10-minute journey through music not normally visited by Australian bands, kicking in with riffery that could be described as Led Zeppelin meets Dream Theater, and progressing into jazzy musicians-wet-dream instrumental sections. This song truly has it all... complex musical passages that would please the musicians and prog-junkies among us, as well as very strong songwriting sense which makes it a good song to listen to without having to try to 'keep up' with the music.

The rest of the album is an extremely eclectic mix of many different styles, so you never grow tired of the album regardless of your musical preference and background. Make no mistake though, the 3 members of the band are incredible musicians that will impress you on a number of occasions through the record. Jarrod Ross in particular brings a lot to the table with some incredible bass-lines that groove like nobody's business, and the effects he uses keep his sound from becoming stale or boring.

There really isn't a lowlight on the entire album. I love it from start to finish and am proud of the fact that such an amazing band comes from Australia. With the band being highlighted on Triple M's "Launchpad" series, there is a chance we might be hearing a lot more from Template in the future. At the very least, we can all hope like hell they make it big because if their live show is anything to go by, these guys are going to be massive.

In summary, a few days ago I received an SMS message from a friend of mine simply stating "that Template CD is fucking sick, it's one of the best CDs I own". That about sums up my thoughts on the album as well.

Charles jubbly masturbated the 3rd


In a damned kingdom, in a time of demons, two clones and a musician quest for justice
Reviewer: Derrick Remmington
Join the amazing adventures of Quec of Pliqy! A wonderful combination of charisma and mighty thews ensure none can stand against him! Owner of a the shampoo of Klawou'! Our hero seeks the mysterious Throwing Knife of the Portable Elf

Lorry

Good, very good indeed
I'll keep it simple: Incredible band live, I was totally blown away the first time I saw them, and the album is a very good documentation of their live show, certainly of the gigs I have attended. Different and moving, Template work the old rock music cliches and then surprise you and take it to the next level, and they do both very well. Great line up, can't wait to hear what they do next.

Charlie's Barrow Store

Template is really growing on me....
I was given the debut Template CD as a gift and threw it in the corner where it lay for months, covered in dust and became a home for a bush-cockroach which has now become my pet whom I have named "Rumsfeld". Anyway I have to say that there were only a couple of tunes that I liked on the album - "Keep It", "Rotten Child" and the first track. But as a gave the CD a chance, my opinion changed and I said to myself - "Man! These guys really do have something happening here!" Odd times, Odd keys (R#) and a whole bunch of melodic solos and lines. So now the CD is constantly in my CD player. So come on guys, get down to Perth for some live shows! We are sick & tired of watching original bands that have homeless bums as the guitarist that have their big brothers pants on and 18 pedals linked together and where each song consists of making "sounds" with all those pedals. And when they're asked; What are all those pedals for?" They reply with; "The pedals are used to make layers of textures to emphasize the 3 power chord chugging we're doing. We need Template to show these "upstarts" how its done! I like the album.

Ray Mckeller

A bit to much studio but generaly good
Like most latter-day Prog Metal outings, Template's self titled album is a mixed affair rife with all of the clichés that make them sound like either Gods or an amusing joke, depending on what side of the inner circle you reside on. No matter how big a fan of the genre someone might be, it's hard to take the lyricaly vauge "Keep it" and succeeding power ballad "Holly wouldn't" seriously, as they (espesially the later)sound like something Spinal Tap would have thought up when not worrying about amps that went to 11. In fact, too much of this disc relies on similar cheeseball balladry that, try as it might to be gallant and deep, really comes off as childish pylosophy. Fortunately, the disc has enough tracks that do reach higher decibels, including the brilliant seeminly honest "Rotten child" that are more indicative of what make template great live (I saw them in melbourne in a criminaly much to empty pub), namely heavy riffs and heavier attitude that, performed with a smile, comes off sincere and honest. Template seem to mean it when they sing live, unfortunatly it's not that clear on this album, which in the end comes off as a bit of a wank. A pity since live they rock hard and have a hell of a good time doing it. Which is why i give it a 4, these guys deserve to make it, they just need to figure out what their recorded voice is.

Jason (um) Millseeni (yes that'll do)

best movie that the world has ever made
A couple of days back, I saw the movie ’Template’. Supposedly a suspense-thriller (as per the story on sleeves). It had my favourite actress Michael Mills & some born again christian actors Pete Marin, Jarrod Ross & Sidiqsham the self decapitating fox.
suspense-thriller? I thought sounds good it should help me get into the pants of Mrs henry's the widow next door, she says suspense get's her all hot. So I spent the $1.95 and rented it.
the plot was as follows.
Retired zoo keeper Mr. Meow lives in an apartment ant colony with his daughter & her family... who incidently have all gone on vacation, and aren't in the movie.
the venerable Shop exploder who plays Santa Claus to the kids in jail, becomes friends with a software engineer girl Cumdrunc (Mills) who has just moved next door from the Meows.
On Christmas eve, the venerable Shop exploder is dressed to play ’Santa’ & Cumdrunc goes to her apartment to change her contact lens. In the process she ends up dropping them on the floor and is unable to see anything.
The rest of the movie is just pitch black darkness.
But it's twice as load so that makes up for it.
All in all the best movie that the world has ever made.
1 billion stars out of ten.
... And did it help me get in the widows pants, well that would be telling (wink) (wink) (wink) (eh?) (phwoar)