TUPLE – Wooden Box

TUPLE - Wooden Box
  • 8/10
    TUPLE - Wooden Box - 8/10


AOR Heaven
Release date: June 26, 2020

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Wooden Box is the debut solo album from Finnish Heavy Metal singer Tommi ‘Tuple’ Salmela. Tuple is widely known for his work with Tarot, Lazy Bonez, and Raskasta Joulua (Ragnarok Juletide). The recording lineup includes drummer Tom Rask, guitarist/keyboardist Riitis, organist Pate Kivinen, and bassist Jykä Sirainen. There are also many guest musicians included throughout Wooden Box.

The record does an excellent job of capturing that late 70s early 80s AOR feel. The band claims Journey and Boston amongst their influences, and those are apt comparisons. Like those bands, Tuple takes the listener on a musical journey. When the music ends, the listener feels they have had an emotional experience rather than simply a musical one. The music is very melodic and tasteful. Each player plays with the song in mind, never sacrificing musicality for the sake of ego. Occasional flashes of brilliance serve to highlight the restraint show throughout. The first listen is an experience, and each subsequent listen begins to reveal the layers and textures that really make it something special. It is very possible to simply listen and enjoy without realizing the depth of musicianship taking place on Wooden Box.

Wooden Box is uniformly good, making it very challenging to single out one song to recommend. “Wooden Box”, “Together”, and “Too Far Gone” are good starting points, but if you like one, you’ll most likely like them all.



  • Stevie Shred

    Stevie was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio. He is currently the lead guitarist for Melodic Rock band Red Reign, based in Richmond, Virginia, USA. Red Reign toured with Tesla in 2017, and shared the stage with Dokken, FireHouse, Lita Ford, Kix, Quiet Riot, and others at various dates around the US in 2018. Stevie heard his first KISS record at the age of 6 and was immediately hooked on Rock and Roll guitar. Over the course of years his tastes evolved, graduating from KISS to Ozzy and Van Halen; and then into Hair Metal. Over time, harder and faster music drew him. Bands like Metallica, Pantera, and Anthrax led the way, and Killswitch Engage took him over the top. Stevie has a deep passion for the guitar, not only playing them, but building them as well.

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