Released: 2005, Great White North Records
Young, but talented. That's what can be said about Talamyus. Based in
Montreal and formed by two brothers, Benoît St-Jean (Guitars, Vocals) and
Dany St-Jean (Fretless Bass), Talamyus plays thrash metal mixed with viking,
black and death influences. Add an awesome drummer that carries a 15 year
experience bag, and you get three excellent musicians performing!! Musically, Talamyus sounds like newer Kreator (Violent Revolution, Enemy of
God) with awesome riffs, melody. On another side, Benoit uses harsh vocals,
which adds a little something to their unique sound.
AS LONG AS IT FLOWS begins with a short opener "Enter Talamyus" that leads
us right into "Hunger" which gives the listener a very good idea of what's
to come. Brutality, melody, accoustic moments. "Never Betray" is one hell of a song, this is the first song on the album where you can really hear their viking influences. You also get to hear a beautiful instrumental "Darkest Void". The title track sums it up perfectly : dark accoustic playing followed by more dark melodies. Weakness is a track that sounds like Sodom's Ausgebombt. It sounds a little bit happy but is done very well. This plunges us in "Blood Bath/In The Battlefield", two songs that are musically connected, a sort of "twology". You can REALLY feel their viking influences in these two songs and you also get to hear musical breaks with "clean viking" vocals. Great stuff. The album ends with a beautiful accoustic piece called Dreaming (In A Dead World).
Released on Great White North Records, AS LONG AS IT FLOWS is not really
innovative. It is simply a CD you might have heard before, but what's really
great about this cd is that these guys took their favorite band and
influences and mixed them, which gives them a unique sound. The production
on the album is very good, it sounds clean, yet dirty and heavy. If you're
in for a thrash/viking album that's very well done, As Long As It Flows is
for you!! This is Talamyus' first album and let's hope they continue to deliver quality music like this in the future!