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Zaltana - Zaltana Award winner

by Marcos "Big Daddy" Garcia at 18 August 2014, 12:32 PM

When I deal with news bands featuring famous musicians, sometimes we can have a great deception, for our expectations cannot be reached. But other times, we can find a very good work, going further and in a different way. And that’s the case from Brazilian ZALTANA, a fine quartet from São Paulo that arrives with their first album, “Zaltana”.

The famous musician is Tito Falaschi, brother from ALMAH’s vocalist (and former ANGRA singer) Edu Falaschi, a well known name for his works with KARMA and SYMBOLS, and now playing drums (and recorded bass and done some vocals), along with high rated musicians as Mischa Mamede (vocals) and the guitarists Hilton Torres and Dann Feltrin. But hold your horses if you’re expecting some melodic Metal, for ZALTANA is a band that sometimes we simply cannot label them.

A mix of female harsh and normal vocals (with some tender ones), great technical and melodic guitar riffs (and excellent solos), great and heavy bass and drums’ works, their musical work is original and personal, and modern. Of course it’s not easy to understand at first, but when we become used to their music, it turns into an addiction.

Excellent sound production (of course it must be this way! We’re talking about Tito Falaschi, mind you all), recorded at IMF Studio in São Paulo, having the mixing done by Jochem Jacobs at Split Second Sound Studio, on Amsterdam. So the sound quality is almost perfect, with all musical elements, instruments and accords clear to our ears.

The Best songs in a perfect album:  “2 Can Play This Game” (great riffs and vocals with changing tunes, along with a perfect refrain), the introspective “Always Left Behind”, “Heartstrings” and its more accessible approach (with an excellent rhythmic basis), the brutal “Hungry for Life”, the modern and hooking “Terminal Speed”, and the perfect “Dukkha-Satya” (for those who don’t know the term, it means “the truth of Dukkha”, or “the truth of suffering”, a Buddhist concept inside Buddha’s Four Noble Truths).

Buy it, and do not hesitate!

5 Star Rating

1. 2 Can Play This Game
2. Skullface
3. Always Left Behind
4. Quid Pro Quo
5. Heartstrings
6. Hungry for Life
7. Sovereign
8. Terminal Speed
9. Outliars
10. Dukkha-Satya
Mischa Marmade – Vocals
Hilton Torres – Guitars / Vocals
Dann Feltrin – Guitars / Vocals
Tito Falaschi – Drums / Bass / Vocals
Record Label: Independent


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