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Review: Tal'Set - La Via Del Guerriero
La Via Del Guerriero

Label: Aeternitas Tenebrarum Music Foundation
Year released: 2012
Duration: 47:16
Tracks: 11
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: May 27, 2012
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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La Via Del Guerriero


This is an interesting and sometimes bizarre album from this mysterious Italian band - I mean there isn't even a website or a list of members. Tal'Set play what they call 'avant-garde' but is not as out there as that might sound. A lot of times that means a bunch of post-rock, prog, or jazz influence, but that is not what you get here.

It's hard to pin this down, but a definite touchstone of this band is later Celtic Frost works like Monotheist, as this is largely built on heavy riffs and a definite Tom Warrior-style bellow in the vocal department. Not that this is a clone, no way, this if far more expansive and atmospheric than that. Rather than just wallow in bludgeoning riffage, this band also makes use of heavy tremolo playing as well as serious passages of acoustic/melodic experimentation that work a tribal sort of vibe kind of like Karl Sanders' solo work.

At first I wasn't sure what to make of this, as it mixes together a lot of sounds in ways that are not common, but I keep listening to it, and I keep liking it better. Like a weird mix of Celtic Frost, Immortal, and the atmospheric soundscapes of Melechesh, this album really does something different and engaging.

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