Reason & Abstract [EP]
Released: 2010, Eulogy Media Ltd
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Talanas are a five-piece band from London, UK. Emerging from the demise of UK industrial metal pioneers Interlock they combine challenging music with a contemporary take on songwriting. They call on modern influences such as Akercocke, Porcupine Tree & My Dying Bride.
After over 3 years of experience as signed artists, in September 2008 UK industrial metal act Interlock officially disbanded following their final appearance at Offset Festival. Interlock’s vocalist [Hal Sinden] & drummer [Joe Butterworth] decided to maintain the momentum and formed Talanas, pursuing musical styles more personal to them.
The keyboards on ‘Reason & Abstract’ were performed by Josiah Lutton, known for his work with UK gothic doom act Adastreia and black metallers 'The Furious Horde'. Operating from their central base of Berry Street Studios in the heart of the City of London, Talanas are now in the pre-production stage of their debut album ‘The Waspkeeper’, tentatively scheduled for completion around early Spring 2011 offering listeners a refined and distinguished angle on the extreme metal genre!
Once again, I am pleased to say, this is an EP that left me salivating and wanting more! Drawing on a lot of influences from the metal genre, this blend is as intoxicating as intriguing. There are some well performed vocals that are diverse and ripping, but also have an encapsulating beauty when the mood changes for the melodic edge of this diverse band, for me its one of the major assets to this band.
How Hal Sinden can play and sing this music at the same time is an amazing feat in itself. Doubled up by Ewan Parry, the guitars are tight and crushing. Lacing rhythm and twisting guitar lines that take you on a musical journey along with some great appreciated distorted lines and clean melodies.
With soft and haunting keys applying a layer of sinister calm, the production on this EP is of an immensely high standard. The drums on here are quite well produced, you can hear all the nuances, they are none more spectacular for me than on Aorta, where the drums are at their peak and keep an incredibly tight beat, hats off to Joe Butterworth. Locking this all in, is the man Mark Duffy. Bass for me is integral to a band, without it, the other two rhythm’s can sound lost. The bass lines on this recording are well composed and well played, providing low and some high lines that join all areas of the music together.
This EP is again, proving that London is doing quite well in the music and Metal community. The songs are well produced and well crafted. For me a favourite track posses me a problem of picking one from three great songs. But at the moment, I have to go with "Aorta", for me it’s a complete work, lengthy, but not at all out staying its welcome or becoming repetitive. It also features an amazing solo towards the end which glides across the sound waves immensely. I am eagerly awaiting their debut album “The Waspkeeper” due around the spring of 2011. Progressive, Dark and Amazing, my words to describe this EP and this band, 'Keep your ears and your eyes peeled for more!
- by Danny Draper