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Spiral Of Fear
Released: 2012, Icewarrior Records
Portugal’s Tarantula are one of those veteran bands that has been around forever but perhaps never truly got much recognition in the international Metal community. Formed in 1981 they have been plugging away, with a relatively stable line-up, putting out albums every three or four years on small labels, with a very brief stint grabbing at the brass ring with Polygram back in the day. After a five-year gap and a new (small) label (again) Tarantula released on SPIRAL OF FEAR in 2010 and only just now has it received wider release on the IceWarrior label.
Unfortunately, Tarantula instead of building on those strengths of DREAMAKER and METALMORPHOSES have decided to slow down, have less melody, scale back the guitars and in general have a weaker delivery. For my tastes this was a mistakes. SPIRIT OF FEAR lacks the soaring vocals, bright guitars, catchy melodies of the last few albums. Substituted instead is a darker delivery. The performances are still fine, the production is good but the long writing the range and dynamic energy I had come to enjoy with Tarantula. Good riffs are swapped with distorted guitar squeals and pinch harmonics. Even the lyrics have a more subdued, darker tone.
As much as I hate to say it, there is probably a reason why Tarantula hasn’t reached the upper echelons of Metal, despite a long career. The reissue of SPIRAL OF FEAR is not likely to cause a sudden burst of acclaim or recognition. Perhaps the change in direction was to try new artistic growth but to my ears the band put out an average album.
1. Dark Age
2. Open Your Eyes
4. Who You Really Are
5. Among Us
6. Spiral of Fear
7. Blind Ambition
Jorge Marques Vocals
Paulo Barros Guitars
Jose Aguiar Bass
Luís Barros Drums
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