Tenth Planet (Hard Rock) - Toronto, Canada
Free of the shackles of genre, bound to the structures of classic song-writing, Tenth Planet create globally accessible music that is hard, heavy, and melodic.
The band took root at the beginning of the millennium and in June of 2003, when they released their first album, “Retro Has No Future”. The song "We are the Cause of Everything" was winner of Umbrella Music's "Next Level" contest. In May 2004 the band was selected to be one of five finalists (recent finalists include The Trews and Finger Eleven)for 97.7 HTZ FM's Rocksearch 2004. They also found a new producer in The Tea Party’s Jeff Martin, who would produce the band’s next album, the critically acclaimed “The Prophet Curse”, which was released in mid 2005. Critics and fans alike praised the album, with the prestigious Kerrang! Magazine writing in their May 2005 issue, “It's clear that there are minds as well as hearts at work here. It's clever, shadowy rock... colossal." (Steve Beebee).
In September 2006, while supporting “The Prophet Curse”, the band went on their first tour of Europe. It was a huge success, playing dates in Holland, Germany, Belgium and England. The highlight was playing for 12 000 at the Breda Barst Festival, in Breda, Holland. The band had no record deal and label support in Europe, yet were able to make the tour successful due to overwhelming demand via international online CD sales and digital downloads.
In January 2007 the band was hand selected by Black Sabbath guitarist and founding member Tony Iommi as a finalist for his International Planet Rock Search, the only North American band to be selected. Later that same year, Tenth Planet returned for their second tour of Europe. This time, the band did full on acoustic performances of their album “The Prophet Curse”, plus tracks off their forthcoming CD, playing shows on a bill with Jeff Martin. In January 2008 the song “Do You Remain?”, a track from “The Prophet Curse”, was announced as a semi-finalist for the prestigious International Songwriting Competition.
The recording of their first full length album, “Everything Is Never Over”, was an international affair, recorded during sessions in both Toronto (Orange Lounge Studios and The Pocket Studios) and West Cork, Ireland (Kingdom Recording Studio). Jeff Martin once again took on production duties, as well as co-writing the song “Line In The Sand”. Also getting production credits on the album was multi-platinum selling guitarist, and founding member of Our Lady Peace, Mike Turner.
In December 2008 the band was winner of Alternative Addiction’s “Next Level” Contest and their album was named “Record of the Year” by Rudi Claeys of Rock Tribune magazine, Holland’s biggest selling Hard Rock magazine. In February 2009, a song from “Everything Is Never Over”, entitled “Man In Full”, was announced as a finalist for the International Songwriting Competition. In April/May 2009 the song “See Yourself” was the #1 song in the International Indie charts (All Genres and Rock) for 6 weeks.
After an extended hiatus to work on other projects, in 2014 the band began to work with dedicated vocalist Thom Anthony - formerly of Palmerstone, The Dead Lyres and The All New Infidels. Having toured Europe extensively with his previous bands, Thom brings his work ethic and powerful vocal style to compliment the bands energy and diversity. With the blessing of founding vocalist Martin Ouellette, the band saw fit to carry on the Tenth Planet band with a new voice and new album. Recording took place in the fall of 2015 once again with Mike Turner at the helm.
The Fall of 2016 saw the release of the bands long awaited first single featuring Thom called "Watch It Burn". It was immediately showcased on 94.9 The Rock FM. The new album "Pieces" saw its release in January 2017 as the band embarks on its live circuit in support of the latest effort.
More shows coming soon.
"Pieces" Album Review
This highly anticipated album from Canada's Tenth Planet came out last month and was produced by Mike Turner (Our Lady Peace, Crash Karma). Let's delve in and see what it's all about. "Watch It Burn" is a melodic Rock opener that helps set the tone early and often. It'll strike a chord with fans of Rock music due to everything working in perfect unison to create a monster of an opener. It's no wonder it was the first single off the album. "Blades" kicks up the intensity and continues the Melodic Hard Rock appeal. The track oozes confidence and brings to mind Alter Bridge. "City Of Light" starts off slow but then explodes into a wall of sound that features shades of Godsmack. The track has the perfect mix of melody, hard rock riffs and catchy appeal. "Into The Fold" builds atmosphere before transitioning into a head banging breakdown. The track really knows how to take the listener on the emotional roller coaster on the track. It dips and climbs with a soft and hard sound throughout its five and a half minute length. The guitar solo on the track is outstanding. "Pieces" is the title track off the album and doesn't shy away from breaking things down to a softer side of the band. The track is a rock ballad that'll pull at the heartstrings of the listener. "Along For The Kill" brings back the Hard Rock tendencies of the earlier tracks. The track is a welcoming listen for anyone looking for a song to tap your toe and bang your head to. The guitar riff throughout is really catchy and helps build the foundation of the track perfectly. When the track does dip down to a softer level, it does so with ease. Once again, the guitar solo on the track is top notch. "Where's My God?" is a track that has shades of Grunge while still maintaining the signature Tenth Planet sound. The track should be a hit with fans as it's hard as nails but still has a ton of melody. "The Way It Was" is a radio friendly Rock track through and through. It's a hit in the making and breezes by with a multi layered Rock sound that isn't as hard as the previous tracks. "Shining Down" is an extremely Hard track. It pulls no punches with its in your face intensity. When the track breaks into its melodic chorus, it does so in a way that brings to mind good ol' Arena Rock. "Transgressions" has hit written all over it. The track digs deep in the arsenal and pulls out a chugging, masterpiece. Listen to this track right now! "The Window" closes out the album in epic fashion. The eight minute track takes the listener on a haunting, slower pace that is super powerful and passionate. They close out a fantastic album with an epic closer that's too good to be missed.
Tenth Planet have a monster Hard Rock album here that'll melt your face off.
1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound?
Brian: I had been thinking about buying a guitar for some time, and I read an interview with Noel Gallagher where he said that he had been playing guitar only three years before they started OASIS. That was all the incentive I needed….so in really strange irony (because I’m not a fan of theirs), OASIS are one of my most influential bands! But what put me over the edge in regards to the music I wanted to play and write, was when I heard the main riff from STP’s song “Still Remains” at a friend’s backyard party – From that second on I just knew that was the sort of music I wanted to learn and write. I bought the tablature book for that record, plus Alice in Chains’ Dirt, and essentially those were my musical bibles for the next three years – they taught me not only how to play guitar but also how to structure and arrange songs.
Nic – Music was always around in my house growing up, but it wasn’t till high school that I picked up a guitar and jamming in bands. Like most, we developed our sound by playing a lot….especially in the vein of influences from Black Sabbath, Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots…bands like that.
Glenn - I started playing in my public school symphony as a percussionist and was inspired to start my own band when we got to High School because the music program was terrible. I have been influence majorly by the likes of Zeppelin, Kyuss, QOTSA, and guys like Matt Cameron.(Soundgarden).
Thom - When I heard the GNR Lies album. That's what kickstarted my desire to be a part of a band. Later on, albums like Badmotorfinger, Jar of Flies, Grace and White Pony really inspired my aspirations.
2. Who thought of the name “Tenth Planet” and is there any meaning behind it?
Nic - Our original vocalist Martin Oullette had a list of names and this one just stuck…it happened very quickly…at the time there were officially 9 planets in our solar system, but that’s not the case anymore ;)
3. What do you want listeners to take away from your "Pieces" album?
Nic - We definitely made this album for us first. I think you hear our influences but we feel it’s relevant and diverse. It’s a true modern hard rock album. Lyrically, I think that people would connect with the current life themes that effect us every day.
Glenn - I just really want people to say that it’s a killer album. I want them to enjoy it start to finish. I personally don’t think there is any filler in there so I hope people can listen all the way through without skipping and come away with a new band they enjoy.
Thom - I'd like them to feel that they've found something new and true, and not that they just erased an hour of their lives, but invested it into something they'll grow attached to.
4. What can people expect from your live show?
Nic - I think people looking for powerful music and performance enjoy our shows. We love playing live and connecting with fans.
Glenn - When I go to a live show, I expect the band to sound like what they presented on the album. I think people can expect an energetic live rock act that won’t disappoint.
Thom - A good, honest performance. I think all of us are here for that connection you get with the audience when they're into what you're putting out there.
5. What's your favorite track to play live?
Nic – "Where’s My God?"
Brian – "Blades"
Thom - I've always enjoyed "Where's My God?". The riff, the rhythm and the lyrics for which are a metaphor for mental illness.
6. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?
Thom - Hah! Alive or dead? Metallica tops my list, Audioslave or Soundgarden.. any incarnation of AIC! And Black Sabbath with Ronnie James Dio.
Nic – Alice in Chains, Tool, and Metallica.
Glenn – If I could tour with anyone, first it would be QOTSA, then Alice in Chains, then Metallica.
7. Any crazy show stories?
Nic - I don’t know about crazy, but we were playing a show in Windsor, Ontario…3 songs in, Brian’s amp blows and we played the whole song just bass, drums and vocals while he struggled to get the amp going…it was a ballad so it seemed to take 10 minutes to get through, lol. Unfortunately, the amp was fried and we had to stop the show after 3 songs.
Brian - The same thing happened just outside Amsterdam back in 2007. We were doing an acoustic tour and the house PA blew up real good at one of the shows. We had to perform about 2/3 of the show with absolutely no sound other than our acoustic guitar and voice.
8. What’s your take on the current state of Rock?
Nic - Rock is still alive, but it’s not a very popular genre anymore unfortunately…you really have to dig for the good bands now, they aren’t thrown at you.
Brian - Thankfully, Spotify is great at doing daily mixes, or weekly playlists of new music based on what you listen to, so there is some great music out there, it just takes a bit of work to find it.
Glenn - Rock will always be there, I just wish there was more of a focus on it like there was in the 90's.
Thom - I think even though most forms of Rock Music have taken a real backseat to Pop/R&B and even Country music, it has been more underground now, which is kind of nice in a way.
9. What’s the current music scene like there in Canada both locally and country wide?
Nic - It’s a mixed bag. Lots of variety…I’d say Pop and Country Music is as big as it’s ever been, but that’s not just in Canada obviously. The rock bands are primarily on the lighter side.
Brian - Rock/Hard Rock tends to be more popular outside the big cities – in particular, Toronto. Go to a place like Hamilton, Ontario, which is very much working class, and it’s thriving.
10. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?
Nic - When I was younger, I didn’t think it was a big deal as we were/are all guilty of it. But being part of a band, there is a difficulty in trying to stay afloat. Not even speaking about making a living from it, but just band expenses. Everything costs money. I understand it’s hard for fans to hear “established” artists complain about the money they lose from illegal downloading, but some don’t realize how much it impacts the bands and artists that are doing everything themselves and deserve to be rewarded for their efforts just to make ends meet.
Brian - On the flipside, this is the way it is and it’s the same with way with most media nowadays, be it books, movies, or tv, it’s all essentially there for free.
Glenn - Music is all about live performance revenues at this point unless your Taylor Swift you’re not getting much back from what you spent on a album. When it comes to illegal downloading, let me put it this way....I’d much rather some poor person stealing my music that comes and pays for a show than somebody with money who steals it and doesn’t support the band.
Thom - That's a difficult question to answer. I don't do it myself, but I am a third party to it..which makes me guilty by association. However I will buy the entire album if there's at least 2 songs I like on it!
11. What’s next for Tenth Planet?
Nic – We will be using the balance of 2017 to support “Pieces” with shows in both North America and Europe.
Glenn - Shows and more shows, hopefully tour along some great acts and I personally can’t wait to get back in the studio.
Thom - We currently have enough material for 2 more albums so, as well as the shows we’ll be writing along the way. Would love to head back in the studio when time permits.
11. Any shoutouts?
Nic – We’d just like to thank everyone for all their support. Looking forward to seeing our fans at the shows!