Today I have, once again, listened to another one of these bands that enriches my life by having listened to them. Tarim. Straight out of Denton, Texas, these fine lads bring a spectacular array of melodic death metal goodness. Eventually these dudes will gain some major recognition due to the fact that their skill and talent cannot be overlooked.
The Philosopher King releases shortly and it's a must listen for fans of indie bands. The very first track "Lessons" teaches you exactly that - a lesson in what this band is totally about. This is a unique brand of melodic death and it hits you like a Mack truck right out of the gate. Vocalist and guitarist James Wicks said this about their sound in a recent interview.
"We try to embody the somber moods of black metal, but keep a lot of the hooks and heaviness that characterized older styles of death metal."
He hit the nail on the head as the sound is definitely a beautiful relationship between old and new school death metal alike.
"The Rabble" is the second track and slays equally if not more than the opener. It almost has a Kreator feel to the song, especially when it comes to the vocals and that's most assuredly a good thing.
Although this is melodic/death black metal, it's very accessible to people who aren't big fans of the genre. It doesn't overdo it and the overall product is aesthetically pleasing to the ears.
Matt Garrison adds another awesome layer to the guitar work, especially on tracks like "Immolation." The drumming and bass are supplied by Julio Escamilla and Geoff Colvin respectively and it provides a nice back line of groove that supplements the entire deadly package. The production is top notch and only one remark remains.
Record labels. Wake up and sign this band. NOW!
Tarim with The Philosopher King drops August 30th. Get out there and go get it!