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February 2014
Released: 2014, Eulogy Media
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: UK Team

Often referred to as the gentlemen of Death Metal, Talanas take a new direction are back with their acoustic follow up release Asylum, a record that features both clean electric and acoustic guitars as well as plenty of bass and drum led delicacies. Thematically the band lunge further into haunting stories of possessions and witchcraft with influences of Fields of Nephilim and David Sylvian remaining resonate throughout.

Opening with eerie sounding ‘Sister Damnable’ the clean vocals sweep in with ease amidst the clean guitars and sturdy drums. The use of whispering vocals add to the creepy sounding blanket to the instrumentation that is fortified by the consistency within the acoustic guitars.

‘My Lady White’ flows in a similar vein with ghastly vocals and impressive guitar passages. The drum work remains consistent throughout as the eastern influences serves the from the melancholy tones being explored.

Standout track, ‘The Apostle’ features some of the best sung vocals on this record and comes fully packed with enough depth to lose yourself in the lyrical content. The guitars plunge even as the multi layered sound takes you on a journey into your very core. The female backing vocals from Beth Ryan display a good dynamism of the bands craftsmanship and you’ll be hitting the replay button on this song for some time to come.

Finishing off with ‘Nothing Gained’, a closing track draped in ambient effects, the vocals float through into a truly engrossing experience. Vocally, everything is delivered with passion and sincerity granting a listener a window into the world of Talanas and their mournful landscapes in which they inhabit.

Classy and intelligently written music such as this is something that is definitely worth your time. What’s great about this band is their ability to depict captivating music that will get you thinking for hours long afterwards. Great work guys, looking forward to hearing more in the future.

Review by Ben Spencer
Track Listing

1. Sister Damnable
2. My Lady White
3. The Apostle
4. Asylum
5. Nothing Gained


Hal Sinden - vocals, guitar
Ewan Parry - guitar
Mark 'Duff' Duffy - bass
Joe Butterworth - drums

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