Released: 2013, Eulogy Media
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Often referred to as “The Gentlemen of Death Metal” things have been going rather well for the British quartet. Having played at various festivals such as Bloodstock and Rocktober (Norway) as well as a tour supporting My Dying Bride this two sided recording is set to explore the duplicitous nature of the band’s sound reflecting two sides of their creative coin.
Opening with the thunderstorm of drumming and visceral shriek of ‘Corpseflower’ the heavy droning riffs disperse into melodic passages with growls guiding the track onward with clean vocals playing subtly in the background. The track comes with various different time signature changes, that are signified by complex drum work and vibrant lead guitar solos.
Next up, ‘Beloved Whore’ pervades with a melodic aura that is sensual and richly textured. As the clean vocals take more prominence, the clean guitars utilize some interesting effects with spoken lyrics littered throughout. The drums intensify towards the end as the former growling found earlier returns with filth ridden guitar riffs residing beneath.
Production wise, everything sounds top notch and well refined with the layers of instrumentation and vocals seamlessly co-existing with the finished piece.
Final word, Talanas seem to have the right idea when it comes to leaving you craving for more. Although this offering was somewhat brief, the range of influences and level of depth in their song writing is undeniable.
On the one hand there is this beast-like sound that is set to pull you limb from limb and on the other there is something far more fragile that needs to be nurtured and re-visited.
If these two tracks are anything to go by then you can expect some serious waves to start crashing into the Metal scene with their next full length record.
Fantastic work guys!
Review by Ben Spencer