corpseflower 2012

by TALANAS

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"Not so much a teaser as a savage, darkly absorbing feast for the senses, Talanas’ lovingly-crafted 7” is no ordinary bid to drum up press in the run-up to the English extreme merchants’ hotly-anticipated ‘Daylight’. With each side showcasing the divided extremes of brutality and brooding darkness that define them, ‘Corpseflower’ finds the four-piece on impeccably tight form. In a violent expulsion of blastbeats, lead track ‘Corpseflower’ combines unadulterated death metal with distorted atmospherics to unique effect. While ‘Beloved Whore’ inevitably lacks the energy of its aggressive counterpart, the B-side’s smouldering vocal harmonies and wistful acoustics complete this intriguing ying and yang of a single in haunting,
exquisitely rendered style."
TERRORIZER MAGAZINE

"Much befitting their classy, semi-retro image, Talanas have decided that their next release (available March 1, 2013) is going to be put out on a more traditional format, the 7” vinyl.

Originally developed and released solely on their recent UK/Euro tour with doom legends My Dying Bride, it contains two tracks, both of which will form part of their in-progress second album Daylight. The songs showcase the many varied facets of their gentrified and rarefied death metal sound.

“Corpseflower” itself is a raging piece of diabolic fury and scorching vocal apoplexy, punctuated by eerie melodic counterpoints and swathed in a suffocating shroud of horror and despair. The wrenching growls are supplemented by a faint, despairing thread of clean vocal melody, which switches to take prominence during the track’s rivetingly atmospheric mid-section.

The complex, bone-jarring drumming is certainly impressive, deploying some particularly hammering double-bass salvos and scattergun skin-work as the song progresses, while the song’s intricate, sweeping guitar solo is a prime example of fretboard poetry, employing equal parts melody and dissonance.

Standing as contrast to this is the companion piece of “Beloved Whore”, which practically inverts the structure and focus of its twin, manifesting as a piece of dreamy melody and sepulchral mood. The stronger emphasis on gothic, ghostly vocals and shimmering, smoky ambience exposes the band’s grasp of feel and dynamic, clothing the song’s bare-boned structure with a web of blissful harmonies and chilling auras.

The last minute or so of the track introduces elements of a gothic, blackened sound that reveals the song’s dark side, but marries it to a final clean vocal refrain that provides the piece with a suitably desolate conclusion."
NO CLEAN SINGING

"Often referred to as “The Gentlemen of Death Metal” things have been going rather well for the British quartet. Having played at various festivals such as Bloodstock and Rocktober (Norway) as well as a tour supporting My Dying Bride this two sided recording is set to explore the duplicitous nature of the band’s sound reflecting two sides of their creative coin.

Opening with the thunderstorm of drumming and visceral shriek of ‘Corpseflower’ the heavy droning riffs disperse into melodic passages with growls guiding the track onward with clean vocals playing subtly in the background. The track comes with various different time signature changes, that are signified by complex drum work and vibrant lead guitar solos.

Next up, ‘Beloved Whore’ pervades with a melodic aura that is sensual and richly textured. As the clean vocals take more prominence, the clean guitars utilize some interesting effects with spoken lyrics littered throughout. The drums intensify towards the end as the former growling found earlier returns with filth ridden guitar riffs residing beneath.

Production wise, everything sounds top notch and well refined with the layers of instrumentation and vocals seamlessly co-existing with the finished piece.

Final word, Talanas seem to have the right idea when it comes to leaving you craving for more. Although this offering was somewhat brief, the range of influences and level of depth in their song writing is undeniable.

On the one hand there is this beast-like sound that is set to pull you limb from limb and on the other there is something far more fragile that needs to be nurtured and re-visited.

If these two tracks are anything to go by then you can expect some serious waves to start crashing into the Metal scene with their next full length record. Fantastic work guys!." 4.5/5
METAL-RULES

"After touring extensively in support of their last release The Waspkeeper, sartorially sharp Londoners Talanas are back with a new 7” vinyl release (also available as a digital download) entitled Corpseflower. Quoth frontman and guitarist Hal:

“We needed to spend some time away from the stave, so to speak. We released ‘the waspkeeper’ straight after ‘reason and abstract’, it even contains songs from the same sessions, so it was important for us to get out on the road and understand how we perform as a band rather than just four chaps bringing riffs to the table.”

So, has this break to find themselves as a unit radically altered the band’s sound? No, not really. If you liked The Waspkeeper and Reason and Abstract, you’ll definitely find a lot to like in the two tracks on Corpseflower. Talanas are still very much the smart, introspective death metal band, with a generous helping of doom and black metal sensibilities that they were when we last heard from them. The two songs on offer here are easily identifiable as being from the same source, but are quite disparate in terms of style; two sides of the same coin, if you will. This was apparently intentional, the band stating that they wanted to use the A/B format of 7” vinyl to showcase the duality in their songwriting.

Opener ‘Corpseflower’ crashes right in with dischord riffs and blastbeats before giving way to a more understated verse riff. Vocalist Hal Sinden’s range of styles is impressive, flitting between pleasantly saturated gutturals, strangled shrieks and some unsettling clean harmonies. Following the initial burst of aggression, the song is laden with crawling menace, the band’s Akercocke references clearly audible in the tonalities on offer and the vocal melody in the chorus, finishing up with a couple of tasteful yet technical guitar solos and the job’s a good ‘un, as they say.

Where ‘Corpseflower’ is brooding and malevolent, B side ‘Beloved Whore’ is cold and bleak, showcasing Sinden’s theatrical cleans to a greater degree. The sorrowful chorus and layered clean guitars draw on the band’s doomier influences, evoking loss and the slipping away of summer.

As a stand alone release, Corpseflower is brief. Clocking in at about ten minutes, it will leave you wanting more, which is probably the best compliment a reviewer can give to a band. If you’re already a fan dive right in, if you’re not and you like progressive death metal, Corpseflower is a fine introduction to the band. Recommended."
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released December 7, 2012

TALANAS
Hal Sinden - vocals, guitar
Ewan Parry - guitar
Mark 'Duff' Duffy - bass
Joe Butterworth - drums

All music by Parry, Sinden, Butterworth & Duffy. All lyrics by Sinden.

Produced & Engineered by Ewan Parry & Hal Sinden at Berry Street Studio throughout April / May / June 2012.

Additional production & technical guidance from Jaime Gomez Arellano, Kevin Porée & Luke Billing.

Artwork photography by Dave McKean in Ebony, Kent in May 2012. Band photography by Ross Wildish in Hampstead, London in October 2011. Sleeve & label artwork by Hal Sinden for Eulogy Media Ltd.

'TALANAS - 'corpseflower' 7" vinyl BEHIND THE SCENES' video edited by Hal Sinden for Eulogy Media Ltd.

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Combining all the ferocity of extreme metal with atmospheric soundscapes influenced by the more esoteric leanings of the 80s & 90s mainstream, with inspirations ranging from Suffocation to Scott Walker, talanas have made their sartorial stamp as "death metal's gentlemen" with 2010’s 'reason & abstract', 2011's ‘the waspkeeper’, 2012's ‘corpseflower' & 2014's 'asylum'. Now, how about a spot of tea? ... more

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Track Name: corpseflower
(as you have known me
so you ever will
call now as i have heard before
the light for evermore)

heed the pause
the moment's breath
for this distance draws us together
wake now and know me by my name

your word, only if for a moment
a fleeting miracle of captured thought
and in the quiet i have heard your voice
and from the silence i have called your name

CORPSEFLOWER
take what you will
CORPSEFLOWER
i am yours to deny

(as you have spurned me
so you ever will
be now as i have praised before
or damned for evermore)

king for this day and the world we call our own
all the worth of my conviction
the shapes within my dreams
now as flesh, now as flesh

grace beneath the will of my passions
is weakness by another name
and in the quiet i have heard your voice
and from the silence i have called your name

CORPSEFLOWER
take what you will
CORPSEFLOWER
i am yours to deny

here in the fading light
let life burn in us before it ends
so still the sun shall rise against us
to wake us from the dream

CORPSEFLOWER
i have crossed my heart
CORPSEFLOWER
here i have hoped to die

©2012 Hal Sinden / Eulogy Media Ltd.
Track Name: beloved whore
the flesh is willing
the resolution weak
i left all i can in the ground that i walk on

need you question where i come from?
or where this all may lead?
just speak the words i write for you
suffer as suits my need

oh, my beloved whore
when the moment comes i shall be yours
lie silent for the faith between us
and you shall find me a man of my word

the thief shall sleep in the house he breaks
the well shall dry before the pail
you have seen me where others swear blind
leaving time & tide to tell

at the point of release
all of this shall come to an end
the words of earnest, words of threat
the absence & confirmed intent

(i have come to see you now
as for scorn as much as rebate
for the weapon in what you have known)

here in my time of indiscretion
where my dreams now meet their end
so as the colours seem to fade
there is solace in your complaint

your countenance has never left me
the words are what they were before
though for their meaning, you insist upon a change
and for all my protest i am here again

a claim as strong for your grave as for your standing
i bind to remember until next i forget
that the pain was real as my heart was true
but for none so much as you

it is enough to know of your passing
enough to mourn your gifts
it is enough to hope that you knew peace
for all is to his mill as grist

oh, my beloved whore
when the moment comes i shall be yours
lie silent for the faith between us
and you shall find me a man of my word

©2012 Hal Sinden / Eulogy Media Ltd.