Thursday 27 November 2014

TarLung - S/T (Album Review)

TarLung cover art

Album Type: Album
Date Released: 23rd November 2014
Label: Self Released

TarLung – S/T – Track Listing

1.Earth's Hunger 03:54
2.Mountain King 03:55
3.Last Breath 04:23
4.C2 04:36
5.Apeplanet 05:14
6.Black Forest 05:18
7.Space Caravan 05:55


We are TARLUNG - a Stoned, Doomed, Sludge Metal Band from Austria. Enjoy!


Rotten - guitar
Marian Waibl - drums
Phillipp “Five“ Seiler - guitars and vocals


TarLung's brief bio tells you all you need to about this great band and their excellent S/T debut album. Doom, Sludge and Stoner Metal is what these loud as hell rockers deal in. Though you can throw a few occult/horror references in as well. It all makes up for one loud and action packed album you won't get enough of.

Opening track – Earth's Hunger – blends hard-hitting riffs with almost death based vocals to give TarLung a more menacing edge compared to other bands doing the same sort of thing. The riffs are quite melodic at times even with the dark doom and gloom atmospherics lurking in the background. TarLung take influences from bands such as Sabbath, Saint Vitus, Kyuss, High On Fire and Church Of Misery that richly develops their riff-laiden sound.

Second track – Mountain King – has a murkier fuzz sound compared to the first track. It's another hard-rocking affair with Phillip on fine demented form once more as he unleashes more despairing tales of madness with the Doom Metal aspect coming home to roost. Though it's the riffs that hold your attention as TarLung don't fuck about here. They don't waste time on slow-paced style melodies. This is music to sell your soul to. It's nasty, violent and creepy which makes for a better experience as TarLung pile on the heavy riffs for you to survive from.

Third Track – Last Breath – captures the manic energy of early era – Church Of Misery – while blending it with a more modern Doom/Stoner Metal sound. The song doesn't stray too far from the opening two tracks. Nor why should it. As TarLung have struck upon a winning formula here. Dark and demented Sludge/Stoner Metal riffs is what the Doctor ordered. Check out the fuzz-laiden riffs once again as TarLung impress through out.

The rest of the album carries on the same twisted path of great riffs and dark lyrics for you to survive from. Other great tracks to check out are - ALL OF THEM!!!

I don't know what more I can say about this album. Other than it's a fucking blast from start to finish that will go down a storm with the Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metal community. I have a feeling that TarLung will be a name to look out for in the next few years. As this is a thrilling and highly confident debut album that oozes class. Do yourself a favour and headover to BandCamp and download this now on Buy Now Deal. You can buy physical copies here by contacting the band from their website.

Brilliant and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

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