London, UK: The ‘Gentlemen of Death Metal’ have re-entered London’s Berry Street Studio throughout October / November to record the companion piece to 2012’s ‘corpseflower’ EP alongside confirming a UK tour in February 2014 as main support for Netherlands avant-garde death metallers The Monolith Deathcult.
Clocking in at around thirty minutes of total running time, the ‘asylum’ mini- album presents five entirely original tracks penned by the band following the one-off broadcast of an acoustic track written especially by them for ‘The Dark. Outside.’ – an event held at Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park in Scotland by guerrilla music promoter Stuart Mclean. Having written & recorded their first entirely acoustic song, talanas then decided to develop a separate release solely for the format itself.
Handling production duties themselves, the quartet continue to use their seven string bass & guitars and their full custom Mapex drumkit (still the largest single kit made for an endorsee by Mapex UK) throughout the release, which will be made available in early December through Eulogy Media.
The mini-album’s lyrics weigh heavily on ghostly themes, referring to a collection of British tales such as that of the White Lady of West Wycombe and Jinney Bingham (a.k.a. ‘Mother Red Cap’). A promo video for lead track ‘sister damnable’ will be shot in November in readiness for the December release.
In support of this forthcoming mini-album, talanas have recently confirmed their position as main support to The Monolith Deathcult throughout their UK tour in February / March 2014, so far including The Lomax in Liverpool on February 28th and The Black Heart in London on March 1st, also featuring openers Bloodguard and a collection of special guests including De Profundis & Spires over selected dates, more of which will be confirmed over the coming months.
Talanas singer / guitarist Hal Sinden commented; “We’re eager with this mini-album to prove that we can still invoke the same atmospheres with our music without having to step on the overdrive pedal or scream like a wounded bison. We’re also pleased as picnics to have the opportunity finally to hit our homeground again with such a splendid act as The Monolith Deathcult, we look forward to re- introducing them to life’s true priorities such as Gentleman’s Relish, how to load a briar pipe in a strong wind and the importance of a good fast bowler.”