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There’s a joke about Melbourne weather that says if you don’t like it at the moment come back in five minutes and you’ll get something different. That same joke could be used about the genres of metal that raise their heads on Taberah’s new album “Sinner’s Lament. Taberah drifts between genres on this album in a brilliant way, and the result is an album so good in could well be one of the best hard rock/metal albums to ever come out of Australia.

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It only takes one listen to Sinner’s Lament to completely fall in love with the album. There’s a lot going on… and it is all great. The opening track (which the album takes its name from) is a clear indication of what is to come. It launches it a great thrash sound and then at times branches away into slow melodic rock – the contrast may seem strange in words but while listening it is pure ear-candy. This track will also have you head-over-feet for Jonathon Barwick’s vocals which at times border on the bliss once produced by Queen.

Never afraid to do something a little different the pounding drum work of Tom ‘Bam Bam’ Brockman on Wicked Way gets into your head like a chant while Harlott takes listeners back to a more traditional type of hard rock. The album then reaches a new height with Horizon – a track that sees Barwick’s vocals and the guitar work of Myles ‘Flash’ Flood really lift the intensity of the album.

That brilliant guitar work continues on Child Of Storm which contains a guitar solo that will have guitarists everywhere weeping with jealousy and while the sounds of Queen are again present, so is a fair nod to The Darkness as well. The acoustic opening of Dance Of The Damned is as haunting as it is mesmerising and when it picks up its tempo it makes pure hard rock magic. The brilliance then continues with the creepier vibe of Crypt and the symphonic metal/thrash hybrid The Final March Of Man.

Heal Me again offers up an interesting opening, this time with a little bit of flamenco guitar, before morphing into some epic sounding thrash while the album closes with a high energy and fast-paced cover of Hotel California.

Albums like Sinner’s Lament are rare. This is the type of the album that you can listen to over and over and hear something new each time. Mark my words this is the album that is going to show the world that Taberah is a band that deserve to be heard right across this universe. Sinner’s Lament is one of the finds of 2017.

5 Stars

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