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CD TABERAH NECROMANCER CD REVIEW

TABERAH

NECROMANCER

2013

 

 

SOLID AUSSIE METAL

 

 

Looking at the artwork you might think that Australia’s Taberah are going to serve up a turgid stew of Death Metal, but you couldn’t be more wrong as what you are about to listen to is one of the best Australian Melodic Metal releases for a long time. Stylistically Taberah take their cues from the classics – like Maiden, whose influence is writ large on many of the compositions here.

 

Starting out with the solid Metal riffage of ‘2012’ there’s a huge emphasis on melody here, and I’m immediately reminded of young Floridan band ‘Black Tide’ on the truly huge opening track. In fact Black Tide’s first album isn’t that bad a comparison as it too took Metal back to the early days and laid on the melody.

 

As you listen on the biggest question after a start like that is do they manage to keep it up; and while for me there’s nothing here to quite match that opening track there is plenty more quality within these grooves. ‘Dying Wish’ and ‘Necromancer’ are both solid pacey Metal tracks that hark back to the early eighties in flavor. At the end of the day this is bloody good retro Metal.

 

Songs like ‘Burning on the inside’ take the melody to the fore, and the ballad ‘Don’t Say You’ll Love Me’ ticks that particular box. All in all if you’re looking for some home-grown product that pulls together the best sounds of Retro-Metal this is pretty much world class.

 

The oddly-titled ‘One Goon Bag Later’ provides a nice acoustic interlude before another of the heavy-hitting highlights: ‘Hammer of Hades’ and the album closes strongly with our Editor’s top pick ‘My Dear Lord’ and an epic cover of Deep Purple’s ‘Burn’.   

 

I’m impressed.  

 

 

 

Leslii Phillips

 

CD TABERAH NECROMANCER CD REVIEW 2013