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Founded in Canberra, Australia in 1995 - Still active as of 2018

Taliesin is a prog metal band which formed in the mid 1990's in Canberra, Australia. The band humbly began when in mid 1995, when the two guitarists Richard Moseley and Rueben Durham met. The two shared an interest in progressive rock and metal (namely Dream Theater, Rush and Fates Warning) and began to play together shortly after meeting.

Eventually, the two began songwriting, and the idea of a band came full circle, when the two began searching for more band members. The decision was eventually made to recruit musicians the band was already familiar with. Dave Howe (vocals), Kristern Nunney (bass) and Wayne Bateup (drums) were three such friends, and added their talents to the group.

After several months of songwriting and jamming, Taliesin played their first gig in late 1997, and continued playing live throughout 1997 and 1998. A problem arose in early 1999, when Dave's work required him to travel around the country, leaving the band as a 4 piece, with Richard working as the vocalist. The band continued working, although in 2000 when Dave returned, Rueben moved location to the US, leaving the band yet again as a 4 piece, now with only one guitarist.

Choosing to stay as a 4 piece group, the band decided to continue with the recording process. In 2002, the drums and bass were recorded for the band's debut, although the vocals and guitar took several years to fully record, due to work commitments. In 2006, the band contacted Henning Pauly (Frameshift/Chain) to ask for help in mastering and/or producing the EP. Opting for both, Henning also contributed a guitar solo and some brilliant keyboard work on the debut, which was eventually released in 2008.

The core line-up currently consists of

- Dave Howe / Vocals
- Richard Moseley / Guitar
- Wayne Bateup / Drums, percussion
- Kristern Nunney / bass


The band's sound is very similar to the archetypal prog metal bands, including Dream Theater, Pain Of Salvation and Fates Warning. Their first EP (The Tally Of Lies and Sin) is a great starting point for a small band, and can be enjoyed by fans of any of those bands, prog metal, or prog rock in general.

(Biography by Joel G, Australia)

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The Tally Of Lies And Sin
2006

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The Tally Of Lies And Sin & Faceless Demos
2019

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The Tally Of Lies And Sin & Faceless Demos
Taliesin Progressive Metal

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
4 stars Taliesin is a progressive metal band that has been around for a few years, but from what I can tell, hasn't put out a lot as far as recorded music. They released an EP in 2006 called "The Tally of Lies and Sin" and after that, things seem to be obscure. This album is actually the same as the EP, at least the first 6 tracks, with the remaining 4 tracks being the "faceless demos". Thus the title of this 2019 release, "The Tally of Lies and Sin & Faceless Demos". The band consists of 4 individuals, Kristern Nunnery on bass, Wayne Bateup on drums, Richard Moseley on guitars and vocals and Dave Howe on vocals.

The music is definitely top notch Progressive Metal, no doubt about it. The one difference from the standard Prog Metal that is a big strength for this band is the very interesting vocal harmonies that they use. They also do some occasional effects that are unique and interesting. Other than this, they seem to have some vocal similarities to "Alice in Chains" but not quite as dark. The other strength is the solid guitar riffs and solos which really make this album worth the listen.

Starting out with "Tunnel Vision", right off the bat, you will get a good idea what you are in for. It is everything you expect from your basic Progressive Rock, it is accessible, yet a notch or two above your typical metal with interesting hooks and meters, but it doesn't wander too far into any experimental territory other than a few short effects and sounds. The guitar effect at the end of this first track is interesting. Next up is "Life Goes On" and you get your first real good taste right away of the interesting harmonies I mentioned earlier, kind of like "Galactic Cowboys" but not as thick. This is a very fast moving track and I absolutely love the way this track just keeps moving forward like a train, but one that is in complete control.

"Lost Soul Drift" utilizes more of the progressive traits of the music and solidifies the fact that these guys are good at what they do and people should be paying attention to them. There is also a bit of synths in there. After this, we slow down a bit for a more ballad-like style, but nothing sappy in the track "Swarm", which shows the softer and semi-acoustic side of the band. Things go back up to speed on "Superstition" and then move on to a more passionate "Simple" which features some piano to help lighten things a bit, but still also utilizes some chunky bass and guitar. It also leans towards some symphonic styles towards the middle before it goes off onto this excellent guitar solo.

The next four tracks are the "Faceless Demos" mentioned in the titile. I don't know for sure if these are demos, but they do have more of an unfinished feel to them and they were not on the original EP. "Awakened by Darkness" starts with an almost speed metal vibe, but quickly mellows out on the verses before starting again. Those unique harmonies are very apparent on this one, and you get that Galactic Cowboys feel again. There are also more changing tempos on this one and a "Black Sabbath" style riff throughout. "The Wilderness" starts with a strange spoken word with a heavy accent before it starts off. The track does have a more complicated sound with a complex melody, but it does have a more unfinished feel to it. "8" returns to the quasi-ballad style with more nice harmonics and a semi-acoustic solo, but again with that slightly unfinished feel. The last track is "Truth of the Hunter", which ends things on a heavier note.

This is a very good progressive metal album which hopefully will get some recognition, because the music is definitely quite good with some stellar guitar work. I would like to hear more from the band myself, but this is everything that is available as far as I can seem to find. This is great, solid progressive metal, and even though there are a few issues like the quick way "Simple" fades out, and the slightly unfinished feel of the "demos", but it's not enough to really bring the album down, so it can easily round up to 4 stars.

Thanks to UMUR & progkidjoel for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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