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GENRE: Progressive Death Metal
LOCATION: London, UK
FOR FANS OF: Opeth, Akercocke, My Dying Bride
The sharply-dressed London prog-death outfit, Talanas, have released another tantalising morsel of music in the form of the ‘Corpseflower’ 7” vinyl. Featuring two tracks, the short and sweet release is a great demonstration of exactly what this band is about.
It begins with the title track, and what may be the most blisteringly intense piece of music the band has produced thus far. Immediately launching into a chaotic blast-beat coupled with some brutal riffing, the introduction is merciless. However, this soon subsides to make way for a more mellow section with Hal Sinden’s characteristic chanting before returning back to the insanity. Ewan Parry performs what might be his best solo yet, and really adds colour to the track, as a good solo should.
‘Beloved Whore’, however, is the complete opposite in terms of overall tone. Much more relaxed and again showcasing Sinden’s Gregorian chant-like cleans, the track is essentially post-metal, echoing the likes of Isis and Neurosis while still being served with a healthy dollop of Talanas’ own unique style.
This release is a great gateway into a band that has a lot to offer. It demonstrates both their heavy and more laid back sides in the most honest, to-the-point fashion. If listening to this doesn’t make you want to buy everything the band has ever released, I cannot help you. Turn off the computer, and walk away.
'Corpseflower' is available now via Eulogy Media.
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