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September 2005
Released: 2005, AFM Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Rick

For a band that has been around since the early 80s, Tarantula are still a relative unknown in metal circles. Forming in 1981 the band released their first disc, simply titled Tarantula, in 1987. This was followed by KINGDOM OF LUISITANIA in 1990, TARANTULA III in 93 and FREEDOMS CALL in 95. After signing with AFM records they continued to release discs and solidified a relationship with Tommy Newton (Victory) who has become the bands producer. Here we are, almost 25 years after the band first came together, and Tarantula has released their latest disc on AFM Records called METALMORPHOSIS.

Tarantula has put together 11 tracks of melodic metal for this release that beg the question, Why aren’t more people into this band? “Breaking the Barriers of Time” kicks off the disc with some straight ahead metal with immediately showcases the strong and crisp production of Tommy Newton. “The Bleeding Land” is a monster of a song that oozes melody and has a great sing along chorus. Vocalist Jorge Marques is perfect for the up-tempo melodic type of metal that Tarantula create.. His raspy voice is powerful yet carries the emotion of the songs perfectly. The band takes a kick at a more modern sound on the track “Far Away from God” as they blast away with double bass drums and keep everything down low, bass heavy and murky. It is kind of a hit and miss experiment. “Under Control” closes out the disc on a high note with one of the discs heavier tracks but with Tarantula’s trademark soaring choir chorus.

With so many years under their belt it is no wonder that Tarantula can come up with such a high quality disc. Straight ahead metal with power is how I would describe the band, akin to a heavier Pink Cream 69. If melodic metal with power is what interests you then give these veterans of the metal scene a spin, you won’t be disappointed.
Track Listing

Breaking the Barriers of Time
We Go With the Flow
The Bleeding Land
New Tomorrow
Your Promised Land
All in Your Eyes
Sea of Doubt
Far Away From God
Meant to be Alone
Never Be Forgotten
Under Control


Vocals Jorge Marques
Guitar Paulo Barros
Bass José Aguiar
Drums Luis Barros

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