2014's Michael Baskette produced debut 'Find The Place' showed ambition in its approach and although it was very similar in style to Alter Bridge it showed great promise.
South America and Chile specifically haven't exactly been a hotbed of rock goodness over the years and Temple Agents is perhaps the country's greatest export. Ale Solar's vocals still sound like Myles Kennedy-although dialled down a little- and the song structures and guitar riffs owe much to Tremonti, but 'Rise' really is a step up from the debut. Opener 'Politics' is a pacey modern rocker par excellence and there's plenty more where that came from in the form of the staccato riffed 'Can't Do It Alone' or the slow burning 'We'll Live Again', the latter featuring an outstanding vocal performance from Solar. The riffs are unpredictable which keeps the attention from wandering-check out 'Giannina' or the Alter Bridge tinged 'Listen What I Say' for proof-but it's ultimately more accessible than Alter Bridge meaning that those who find the convoluted almost progressive traits of Tremonti and Kennedy's outfit too much may well find plenty to like here. The more downbeat moments on the album have plenty to recommend them; the sweeping 'Unchained' or the acoustic rock of 'Home' are prime examples of a band at the top of their game.
Temple Agents deserve to be heard outside of their native country as 'Rise' is as good a modern rock album as you are likely to hear this year.