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Tarld – Trapped

by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at 02 June 2022, 2:07 PM

Here is another promo that came with absolutely no information on the band. I searched their website, which also had no bio information, as well as their record label webpage, which also had no information. All I know about the band is that “TARLD” stands for “The Amsterdam Red Light District.” The album contains ten tracks.

“Threatened Generation” leads off the album. It begins with a bit of an Industrial sound in the guitars. Of course, the clean harmonic vocals in the chorus are where the melody rides. The harsh vocalist really has some pipes. “Good Intentions” begins with a bit of electronica before the brutal maelstrom of vocals enters. The less intense passage gives the listener just a moment to catch his breath before the tornado continues. So far, they have a pretty good grasp of both brutal elements and melody. “Not the Only One” opens with a rattling riff and some combination of harsh and clean vocals. This piece is quite energetic.

“Happy Ending” is another overly patterned song with predictable leanings. Through four tracks, the band has yet to really establish their own personal identity. Both vocal styles are well done but this is pretty typical proto-Metalcore. “Not so Innocent” is another bruising and energy-filled song that again has a predictable path. “Freedom is a Movement” begins with a thumpy and heavy bass line that leads to a song with a harrowing edge…and perhaps one of the more original offerings on the album.

The title track is a shorter burst of intensity where the level of melody comes close to matching the level of brutality, though it falls just short.  It’s another song with an uninventive riff, which seems to be pretty standard on the album. “Fare Weather Friend” sports the lyrics “save your breath” over and over in the chorus. I think it must be a reference to someone who the band wants to forget. “No Place Like Home” closes the album. I thought it might be a more tender song, but there is no such place for that type of song on this album. 10 tracks of blasting energy awaits the listener.

Though I have always enjoyed the Metalcore genre, it is quickly becoming overgrown with weeds as of the last half of the decade. Too many bands are trying to establish the same sound that has already been done. This is unfortunately one of those bands. Although the song are performed with great energy, especially in the vocals, which are spot on in both clean and harsh styles, it offers nothing original to the genre of Metal.

Songwriting: 5
Musicianship: 6
Memorability: 3
Production: 8

2 Star Rating

1. Threatened Generation
2. Good Intentions
3. Not the Only One
4. Happy Ending
5. Born to be Great
6. Not so Innocent
7. Freedom is a Movement
8. Trapped
9. Fare Weather Friend
10. No Place Like Home
Record Label: Blood Blast


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