Monday 14 June 2021

TarLung - Architect (Album Review)

Release Date: June 11th 2021. Record Label: Self Released. Format: DD/Vinyl

Architect - Tracklisting

1.Infinity 07:17

2.Widow's Bane 06:44

3.Weight of Gravity 06:38

4.Unthinkable 06:26

5.Horses of Plague 05:55

6.Architect 07:08


Philipp "Five" Seiler - Guitars and Vocals

Marian Waibl - Drums

Rotten - Guitars


Austrian Doom/Sludge Metallers TaLung return with their most ambitious album to date. Architect is a sort of a concept album which explores the dualism of man as both creator and destroyer of worlds. The record as I said is quite ambitious and the band could have easily lost themselves within the deep philosophical themes of the record but Architect has a vivid collection of fantastically heavy Doom/Sludge Metal grooves.

TarLung explores many different areas of Heavy Rock/Metal with glimpses of Prog Metal, Space Rock, Post-Metal and Stoner Metal. The album is constantly engaging and even from the excellent opening song Infinity, you can tell the band have an intelligent story to tell with cool as hell lyrics and music that spans the Doom/Sludge Metal COSMOS. There are shades of early Mastodon and CONAN on this track but told with a blackened outlook on life

Second song - Widow’s Bane - starts off rather interesting with a Post-Doom instrumental style interlude before TarLung settle upon a mixture of Sludge Metal and Post-Metal riffs that bring a sense of “IMPENDING DOOM” to the album. The song is more atmospheric than psychedelic but it’s effective with TarLung offering one of the best tracks on the album.

The band continue their bleak “spiritual” odyssey within 4 other songs on the album and this sees the band bring heavier sounds and creative ideas for the album. The atmosphere can be downright ugly and aggressive at times but TarLung knows when to take a step back and bring a more “sedated” and “melodic” rhythm and sees the band play some of the best and most interesting music of their career to date. Especially on songs such as: Weight Of Gravity, Horses Of Plague and Architect.

Architect feels and sounds like an “ADVENTURE” and if you’re on the lookout for a bleaker style of Doom, Sludge and Stoner Metal with “HIGHLY ATMOSPHERIC” themes then TarLung will have something to say to you….

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe


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