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!
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
5. Sum of Forces
6. White Noise
Fredrik Bjerkø - Guitar and vocals
Stian Sannerud - Drums
Per Semb - Lead Guitar
Emil Sigstad Moen – Bass
They have one goal. To play old school thrash metal the way it once was and the way it should be.
9/10 - Metal Temple:"In conclusion I can say that TANTARA has released a great debut album and that I can look at the future of Heavy Metal and see that it lies in good hands.
85/100 -Skullfracturingmetal.com : ”Any fan of 80's Bay Area thrash done right needs to invest some time in listening to Tantara and "Based On Evil" because it's a fun journey full of twists and turns that will leave the listener foaming at the mouth for more”
5/6 - Aftenbladet: " Herlig skittent lydbilde og bare tøffe riff."
Tantara from Tønsberg, Norway saw the light of day in 2009 when drummer Stian Sannerud and guitarist Fredrik Bjerkø decided to turn their project “talent show” into a real band. The two friends then recruited Per Semb (guitar), whom they had played with before, and the very talented Max Warnby (bass).
“Based On Evil” is filled with fast, mind-boggling riffs, aggressive vocals and impeccable drumming. In addition to the melodic and masterly conducted solos one can find progressive elements in Tantara’s music. Their songs might be longer than normal in the genre, but they possess a unique song-writing talent that keep the listener engaged throughout the whole album. Tantara draws inspiration from bands such as Heathen, Anthrax, Exodus, Megadeth, Slayer, Nuclear Assault, Vio-lence and Metallica. With “Based On Evil” Tantara proves that there’s still a lot more to explore in the genre.Bassist Max Warnby also made the cover art for the album.
The debut album is a concept album with critical lyrics that can be linked to the present and the past. The lyrics are about how the world works, how it’s governed and about how the human kind behaves. They touch upon themes like war, financial gain, destruction and pollution, while there’s still room for the listener’s own interpretation.
It is an impressive debut from a young and self-sustaining band.