TALANAS To Release “The Waspkeeper” April 30th
Eulogy Media presents a full length release from the UK four-piece, the next stage in the evolution of a band’s sound which Zero Tolerance magazine have dubbed “thinking man’s metal for the new millennium”.
Following their 2010 ‘Reason & Abstract’ EP, prog metallers Talanas (www.talanas.org) now offer an album that expands on their definitive style & identity: 11 tracks of refined brutality & distinctive melody. (retail release date APRIL 30th 2011).
Having been voted 3rd best unsigned act & 4th best new band in the Terrorizer & Classic Rock Present Prog magazines’ 2010 Readers Polls respectively, talanas decided to respond to the press & public’s reaction to their EP (released last August) by immediately going into pre-production and eventually recording in Central London’s Berry Street Studio (Elton John, Barry White, Paul Young).
Combining a diverse span of influences, ranging from Suffocation to Scott Walker, the group have streamlined their method of blending the ferocity of extreme metal with the darker undercurrents of 80s & 90s music, further defining an approach to music that Metal Hammer magazine have described as “a forceful slab of progressive extremity”.
In identifying a need to match the sound & quality of the last release, Eulogy Media ensured that Jaime Gomez Arellano (Ulver, Cathedral, Ghost) would again handle the production for talanas, balancing tracking between Berry Street Studio and his newly built Orgone Studio in Northwest London.
Maintaining the high level of presentation, Matt Vickerstaff of Darkwave Arts (Cradle of Filth, My Dying Bride, Emperor) has developed & presented an evocative 12 page colour booklet & supporting artwork for ‘the waspkeeper’, in keeping with the album’s lyrical themes, using photography by Ross Wildish (Dissonant Media).
The album features guest vocal appearances from UK death / black metal legends Akercocke’s Jason Mendonça on the song ‘penetralium’, underground avant-garde heroes The Meads Of Asphodel’s JD Quintus on ‘a fortune worth its disguise’ and fellow Classic Rock Presents Prog Readers Poll alumni & rising prog rock stars From Great Height’s Adam Ever on ‘messaline’.
A video for ‘antiphon’, the lead track from ‘the waspkeeper’, has been shot & directed by Greg Barnes of ClingFilms (Jet-Pack, Ortega, Matthew Collins) featuring alternative model Alivya Free, giving a clear example of the four-piece’s aggressive performance skills & attention to sartorial detail.
Promotion for the album includes a launch party at The London Stone venue on Saturday April 30th, offering a chance to listen to & purchase the CD package (which contains links to hidden online footage from the recording process) alongside confirming bookings such as a headline slot this Summer at Terrorizer Magazine’s Grindhouse night in Wakefield and plans for a UK tour in late Autumn.