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REVIEW: Taberah – Necromancer

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The amount of amazing metal bands that emerge from Australia is not a surprise, given the amount of talent and the passion for metal peppered throughout the country. Taberah is out to prove once again that Australian metal is top shit and that there’s more to their home state than just the Tasmanian devil or that huge red ship you see in port Melbourne sometimes…

These metal obsessed dudes reach now their second full-length that goes by the name of Necromancer. Showing a significant evolution from their previous release, this album still dwells in the solid vintage heavy / power metal domain, and is an exciting, melodic, well-crafted and inviting collection of tunes. Yes the ‘power’ side of metal is there on their melodies and the whole battle-style approach to the lyrics, but instead of the ultra high pitch vocals so common to the genre, you get a mighty delivery that could have easily taken part of many ’80s metal gems. The whole band could by the way. This album will most likely make you go ‘wait… how did I miss out on this band back in the ’80s ?’… who knows, maybe that time machine Doc Brown invented really exists and this band came straight from 1985.

‘2012’ opens the album in classic metal style: mighty riffs, magnificent vocal lines, powerful rhythm section, the whole wall of sound thing going on.The title track is the standout – epic ¬†metal tune spiced by absurdly catchy riffs, and melodies that will get you hooked first time through. ‘For King and Country’ is another tune worth mentioning, as it is likely to cause me – or someone else – to get a speed ticket while listening to it…

The whole album also has a sort of a ’70s Rainbow / Deep Purple vibe going on, fact proven by the inclusion of a cover of ‘Burn’ as a bonus track.

If you like your traditional power / traditional heavy metal, I don’t know why you’re still reading this instead of going out to get this album.

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