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Tarantula - 2005 Metalmorphosis

Jorge Marques - vocals
Paulo Barros - guitars, vocals
Jose Aguiar - bass, vocals
Luis Barros - drums, keyboards, vocals

This is one band I have a definite soft-spot for. Portuguese rockers Tarantula have been around for years, in fact, come the year 2005 and it will be their 24th year of being together, including the time they changed identities to become the band Barros back in 2003. All of that time together has resulted in one very tight-knit group, the music benefitting from the cumulative years of experience and bonding that only time together can create. In later years, they've generated a sound that only bands like Victory and Caught In The Act/Guild Of Ages have come close to simulating. Up until now, their best effort would've been 2000's 'Dreammaker', featuring the classic track 'You Can Always Touch The Sky'. However, judging from what I've heard on 'Metalmorphosis', this album will run it close.

The Songs
The whole album is very 'big sounding', and draws you in from the outset and spits you out at the very end. With those qualities there is not much room for filler, and the 41 minute listening time is very tight offering no room for excess and flab. The bands formula is very simple. Give the listener some infectious and inventive guitar riffs and wrap a ton of melody around it. Seems to work a treat. You don't have to venture too far before the formula becomes apparent.. 'Breaking The Barriers Of Time', is equipped with heavy-duty guitar riffs and persistent double bass drum work. 'The Bleeding Land' is quite a restrained track by comparison, which means it is nice and melodic, and not overly metal. I loved the riff attack on 'New Tomorrow', very metal but commercial too. Then we get the different sounds of 'Your Promised Land', which sounds like an experiment in the studio! Those of you wanting to check out their melodic tendencies, check out the gorgeous 'Meant To Be Alone'. It also has some sonic blasts too, a good alternate between subtle and the 'not so subtle'. The closer 'Under Control' takes a leaf out of the pages rewritten by German rockers Victory, but then again a track like 'Sea Of Doubts' also pays tribute to Hanovers finest!

In Summary
The story of Tarantula is far from over, the band obviously well equipped for more metal antics in years to come. In their homeland, these guys are considered aged rockers, many local Portuguese bestowing merits on bands such as Opus Draconis and Prime instead. However, if Tarantula are grand-daddies, then who better to learn from? Good consistent stuff.


Track Listing:
01 Breaking The Barriers Of Time
02 We Go With The Flow
03 The Bleeding Land
04 New Tomorrow
05 Your Promised Land
06 All In Your Eyes
07 Sea Of Doubts
08 Far Away From God
09 Meant To Be Alone
10 Never Be Forgotten
11 Under Control


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