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Talanas – ‘Corpseflower’ vinyl single review

Vinyl taster from progressive death metallers

Talanas Corpseflower sleeve

Side A: Corpseflower
Side B: Beloved Whore

Hal Sinden – vocals, guitar
Ewan Parry – guitar
Mark ‘Duff’ Duffy – bass
Joe Butterworth – drums

Talanas Dec 2012 Corpseflower promo

Photo courtesy of Ross Wildish Photography

The latest release from London-based progressive metallers Talanas is a limited edition 7″ vinyl record, featuring two tracks set to appear on their forthcoming second album ‘Daylight’. Having made quite an impact on the underground metal scene with full-length debut ‘The Waspkeeper’ (which followed the ‘Reason & Abstract’ EP), there’s already a buzz for the new material. These two tracks alone are a good representation of what one can expect from the Talanas sound – equal parts extremity and restraint, brutal yet sophisticated in both approach and sound.

Title track ‘Corpseflower’ sits at the heavier end of the aural spectrum and would appeal to old-school death metal fans, with touches of black metal coming in during the quieter moments. From the opening roar and blastbeats to the guitar solo, this one won’t disappoint longtime fans of the band. Samples of this track can be heard in the video above.
B-side track ‘Beloved Whore’ demonstrates the band’s more restrained, melodic side. A track that mirrors the band’s refined aesthetic, leaning towards their more gothic, melodic influences – fans of latter-day Opeth should definitely have a listen. A perfect counterpoint to the A-side offering.
A nice taster of things to come from Talanas – I advise those interested to get it whilst they can, or keep watching for the release of ‘Daylight’ later this year.

Talanas Corpseflower advert

Artwork for this release was provided by famed artist Dave McKean – also responsible for countless other bands’ artwork, including the likes of Fear Factory, Dream Theater, Tori Amos and Testament. More details of his work can be found at the link below.

For fans of: My Dying Bride, Morbid Angel, Fields Of The Nephilim, Type O Negative, Moonspell, Opeth

‘Corpseflower’ can be ordered, whilst stocks last, from http://talanas.org/shop – price includes a download code for mp3 versions and hidden multimedia link.


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