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Undead Son
May 2003
Released: 2003, Spinefarm Records
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen

Tarot… the true Finnish, always forward walking Heavy Metal dinosaurs are back with a new single entitled UNDEAD SON and… what could you honestly believe you would expect from it?! You think their better days are gone and far behind them already? Wrong! All wrong. Their better days seem to be ahead of them if this new tune, “Undead Son” can be any proof. And, hopefully, it also reflects the rest of the content for Tarot´s forth-coming 6th full-length album entitled SUFFER OUR PLEASURES. It´s been 5 long years since their last album titled FOR GLORY OF NOTHING came out, so this new album had better be good…

At least “Undead Son” as a song already awoke high expectations in me as far as the up-coming Tarot album is concerned. The song starts off with a relatively mysterious atmosphere that eventually develops and grows a damn enslaving and addictive chorus part that is the most important core of the whole song. Moreover, the whole band works just perfectly together as a real tight unit – just like they have always done, and of course it´s the band´s absolutely luminary vocalist Marco who again gives his final blessing to “Undead Son” by his incredibly ear-tickling vocalism. Also, Marco´s big brother Zachary Hietala throws in a couple of really tasteful leads with an always dawning passion that can only come from a real Heavy Metal “stud.” These guys seem to get better with time…

Tarot has also done a version of the Genesis classic “Mama” very successfully. I bet even Mr. Colins would envy Marco´s brave yet very powerful interpretation of the song if he got a chance to hear it some day and became aware of the hard fact that someone has got more balls in his voice than the song´s original father. Nothing against Genesis, but Tarot´s sounds like the real grandfather of the song in question…

Tarot just never let us give us your next album, please! My ears are already telling me that they are way too restless to wait…
Track Listing

01. Undead Son
02. Mama


Marco Hietala - Bass & vocals
Zachary Hietala - Guitars
Janne Tolsa – Keyboards
Pecu Cinnari - Drums

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