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TARANTULA 2

Tarantula

 

Symphonic Prog

2.83 | 11 ratings

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Andis
2 stars The second release from this band and you kind of expect the more of the same in the style of the first great album but you're in for a surprise here (not a pleasant one). It all starts with a hard rock song in high tempo in the style of Uriah heep on speed and about 30 seconds in the song all hell breaks loose. The female vocalist starts to 'sing' and she sounds like... eh... like a death-witch from a B-horror fantasy-film (can't think of anything closer to this). Death by vocals. Pain. Heartbreaking vocals in agony from the depths of hell. Or something. Horrible it is. The next song features the same hard rock (baaaah) with more of the same horrible vocals (why you hate me?) although with some mellotrons thrown in at the middle. I don't know what to think of this. By now something odd happens. By the third song the band suddenly remembers where they came from and starts to play symphonic progressive rock and it's pretty good. It's spanish traditional progressive rock like you heard before (Alameda, Bloque, Granada etc). The fourth song is the best song of the album (not that hard) but it is a really great 8-minute piece that brings me back to the first album with lots of tempo-changes, twists and turns and some really cool parts. More of this I shout out loud (like anyones about to hear me as my family ran out of the house, shaking their heads when leaving). I don't get more of this unfortionately. By now the band is on fire and thinks that the best way forward is to blend these two styles of symphonic rock and terrible hard rock with vocals from the depths of hell. Not a good decision. The last four songs consists of a blend various progressive symphonic hard rock with ordinary female vocals, ordinary male vocals and vocals from hell. The songs usually start with melodic mellotron and some progressive rock and somewhere in the middle they throw in the hardrocky guitar-death-vocals for a minute or two and after that it continues with the symphonic rock like nothing ever happened. But you don't fool me. I don't know what to think. It's like a band that had a couple of songs left from previous recording but also decided to start a new hardrock band and kind of decided to mix these two styles on an album. Not-a-good-decision. Over and out. Thank god it's friday. Don't buy this unless you listened to it first. But skip the first two songs. And the last four. Yeah.
Andis | 2/5 |

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