Joe Matera - Louder Than Words

Third Studio Album on Compact Disc

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Louder Than Words is the third studio album by Australian singer songwriter Joe Matera, released in July 2015 via W.A.R. Productions.

Joe Matera is an Australian singer-songwriter, guitarist and rock journalist. In addition to a solo career, Matera is the guitarist in the Sweden-based rock band Rough Rockers, and was formerly the lead guitarist of Australian famous pop rock band Geisha between 2007 and 2010. Before joining Geisha, Matera was the lead guitarist of classic rock band Double Vision, from 2003 to 2008. He's currently working as a solo artist, releasing solo instrumental albums and contributing guitar on various recordings around the world.

Matera is also a well known as a rock journalist, publishing over 600 articles between 1999 and 2011. He has interviewed bands and celebrities including Aerosmith, Metallica, Foo Fighters, Kiss, Queen, Iron Maiden, Bon Jovi and Black Sabbath. Matera's work has appeared in many magazines such as Classic Rock, Guitar & Bass, Metal Hammer, Total Guitar.

This is an album review written by Mick Middles:

For Australian rocker Joe Matera, 'Louder Than Words', makes it clear from the outset that he has moved on both musically and lyrically. Words have now gathered and drifted in top position on half of the songs, now carrying darker, headier themes that seem fittingly in sync with the times we find ourselves living through.

Take Joe's brief and precocious opener, 'Intro 1V'. Just a morsel, really, but one that offers hints of Nine Inch Nails and elements of Germanic angst. Not a strain that has featured too heavily in Joe's previous outings.

The darkness floods through the preceding single and title song. Thumping slowly through a rhythmic, a song of self-analysis, ironically suggesting that images, symbols and, I guess, sounds can speak louder to the soul that words. Within the context of this album, with its array of lyrical themes, a lovely juxtaposition.

Throughout the nine tracks, there remains one constant. I refer to my opening statement. Today's Joe Matera sound is a gargantuan, grey, rolling tank, softened beautifully by the cushion of production. On top of this gentle darkness sit both lyrics and melodies that, in place, evoke the most unlikely genres. Take 'Movin’ On', slotting neatly in place here is a most unexpected hint of ‘80s pop...that bright, brash, courageously unpretentious glare that gave us such glorious lightness. A song that, indeed, flits between the black and the white.

And that is the key to the entire album, really. A truly unexpected place where eclecticism marries traditional tendencies. In an age when simplistic genre template artists remain depressingly in place, here is an album of the guitar, the voice and other machines.

This album is released on compact disc housed in a digipak case, pressed in Australia via W.A.R. Productions.







Intro IV


Louder Than Words


Guilty Pleasures


Feel Your Love


Hands Of Time


Days Gone By


Playing With Fire


Movin' On


Louder Than Words (Acoustic)

SKU 10519
Record Label W.A.R. Productions
Label / Model # Independent
Catalogue Number WAR100
Country AU - Australia
Release Date (Year) 01 July 2015
Original Release Date (Year) 01 July 2015
Barcode # 10519
Shipping Weight 0.0800kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.125m
Shipping Length 0.142m
Shipping Cubic 0.000178000m3
Type New
Format Third Studio Album, Compact Disc, CD, Digipak
Format CD
Genre Rock & Popular

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