The Norwegian thrash outfit Tantara are once again ready to bring the genre back to its roots, combining heavy melodies, fast riffs and complex song structures. The band was formed in late 2009 when the four members decided it was time for another great thrash wave. All members, inspired by the heavy and thrash metal scene from the 80’s, have given the genre a new, modern edge, while still keeping true to the legacy. Since the release of their debut album “Based On Evil” in 2012, they have shared the stage with bands such as Kreator, Havok, Destruction, Artillery, Gama Bomb and many other great bands. These Scandinavian thrashers known for their aggressive live shows are ready to unleash their sophomore full length album, "Sum Of Forces", to the hungry pits.

Tantara - "Sum Of Forces" coming September 7!

The band has commented: “The making of this album has been a long journey for us. The oldest songs can be dated way back to 2011 when we just finished the recording of our debut album, while the newest being finished during the recording sessions of this album. Now it’s done, it's TANTARA, and it’s ready for you. LET’S GO!”


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The band has commented: '"Punish the Punisher' is a statement urging people to take back the power in their lives from a suppressor - whether it is from a government, a powerful entity or a personal relationship. We are all under control by someone one way or another, most times without even realizing it. People with great power tends to misuse it. Written by the band in 2012, 'Punish the Punisher' aims to be a wake up call motivating people to take a stand in their lives and claim their power back."

Tantara is set to release its long-awaited sophomore album “Sum of Forces” on Indie Recordings the 7th of September. The follow up on “Based on Evil” takes raw, old-school thrash and mixes it with more melodic heavy metal influences. With this new release the band shows once again that thrash isn’t dead - it is very much alive in Norway.

Telling the story of how society drags you down, the band takes you on a dramatic journey of the soul. The album is wide and varied, ranging from instrumental behemoths to the melodic and groovy, discovering new elements of thrash along the way. With a clear vision of making a distinct sound, they wrote most of the songs about struggle, being oppressed and finding your own path. This is expressed through the collision of violent riffs and beautiful melodies, accompanied by a critical view of society.

And so, it’s been 6 years since their debut full-length album ‘Based on Evil’, and now Tantara is back again with another full-length –a 6-track charge-straight-through-your-cranium album entitled ‘Sum of Forces’. Tantara never shy away from their essential thrash roots, however, the roots have clearly grown and expanded outwards to a larger territory. The album opens up with a steamroller of a track with the title ‘Punish the Punisher’, setting the mood from the get-go, and over the course of the record, rushes through both intensely fast-paced tracks, as well as a mid-paced track, conveniently titled ‘Sleepwalker’, and closing up the album with a seemingly chilled and contemplative track that evolves into various moods and atmospheres. The riffs are as heavy and virtuous as ever, the vocals sear through your earlobes like a hot cleaver through fat, and the rhythm section shreds away throughout; truly this album offers an unquestionable satisfaction to any thrash metal fan’s needs.


1. Punish the Punisher
2. Death Always Win
3. Aftermath
4. Sleepwalker
5. Sum of Forces
6. White Noise

Band members:
Fredrik Bjerkø - Rhythm guitars / lead vocals
Emil Sigstad Moen - Bass / backing vocals
Stian Sannerud - Drums / percussion
Per Semb - Lead guitars / backing vocals