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Tetrarchate - Symposium Of The Tetrarchs

Symposium Of The Tetrarchs
by Matt Coe at 29 May 2014, 3:20 PM

Born in November of 2006, the Italian Metal band TETRARCHATE has gone through a natural evolution in terms of finding the right members and sound to push forward. Recording a demo in 2010 with the three song “Onward”, the band spent the last two years performing and recording the follow up material which appears here in the four song EP “Symposium of the Tetrarchs”.

Combining a mixture of Power Metal, Thrash, and a touch of off kilter Progressiveness, these 4 songs have a lot in common with German thrash, the oddities of VOIVOD, and vocals more in the early ARCH ENEMY/ death vein. “Scar” opens the proceedings with a slightly jangly NWOBHM style guitar harmony before kicking into a mid-tempo anthem, the drumming shifting between power and thrash tempos. “Massachertorte” is a 91 second whirlwind, the Italian lyrics barked out in a spitfire fashion as the riff/rhythm show circles and warps your brain a la CORONER or the aforementioned VOIVOD.

The third track “Genocide” has a first riff that is eerily familiar to those who love “The Toxic Waltz” – fortunately the follow up parts take the arrangement into a classic MERCYFUL FATE-like vibe. Closer “Chant of the Forsaken” is probably the most original of the four TETRARCHATE songs, the guitar trills evoking an underground affect while the stop/ start action perfect for thrash/death mavens.

Decent but not outstanding, one to possibly look for as they gain more seasoning together.

3 Star Rating

1. Scar
2. Massachertorte
3. Genocide
4. Chant of the Forsaken
Andrea Biondi – Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Nazario Biscotti – Lead Guitar
Andrea Aratari – Bass Guitar
Alex Masini – Drums
Record Label: Independent


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