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Tetrarch - Relentless Award winner

by CJ "Music God" Plain at 28 March 2013, 4:05 PM

TETRARCH is an Atlanta based band that was brought to my attention while reading the book, "What Are You Doing Here? A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal", by Laina Dawes. It's a fabulous book about the African-American experience in Heavy Metal. TETRARCH's guitarist, Diamond Rowe, happens to be a Black female and was interviewed in the book about her experiences in the scene. This led to me checking out the band and contacting them about playing their songs on my internet radio show.

"Relentless" is a 4 song EP that the band recently released. The affair kicks off with the tune, "Final Words". It's a crushing tune that mixes heavy screaming vocals with awesome clean vocals. The breakdown in this song is massive and makes me want to break stuff. This is a band that fires on all four cylinders, all the time.

"Leave Me Alone" begins with Josh Fore screaming the words, "All you've done is turn my life to HELL!" while the rest of the band propels this tune into another tune that makes you want to break things. Dillon Forret and Ryan Lerner are a lethal combination that remind of PANTERA in places yet with their own unique groove. Rowe and Fore are also an amazing duo on guitar. The riffs just sound like a freight train.

The title track, "Relentless", is more crushing riffage from Rowe. The CD ends with the final tune, "Take Your Best Shot", where the band basically dares you to challenge them.

TETRARCH is an amazing new band that should be on your musical radar, if they're not already. I envision a great future for them. TETRARCH are heavily influenced by the current Metalcore scene but are much more than that. This is highly recommended for fans of PANTERA, TRIVIUM, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, or the likes. I personally like them much better than all of those bands though. 

4 Star Rating

1. Final Words
2. Leave Me Alone
3. Relentless
4. Take Your Best Shot
Josh Fore - Lead Vocals / Guitar
Diamond Rowe - Lead guitar
Dillon Forret - Drums
Ryan Lerner - Bass
Record Label: Independent


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