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REVIEW OF THE ALBUM “EXPECTANCY” OF THE BAND TANTAL

TANTAL are:

Mikhail Krivulets Bass
Vyacheslav Gyrovoy Drums
Alexandr Strelnikov Guitars

Dmitriy Ignatiev Guitars (2004-present)
Milana Solovitskaya Vocals in the second studio album
Sofia Raykova Vocals (2004-2013, 2015-present)

The debut album of Tantal in 2007 was ” The Beginning of the End”. And for sure was the end of the current line-up and the beginning of a new ERA ( at least for the second studio album). But also the band change a lot and their music.They left the Trash elements and became more Melodic Death metal band.Still they have plenty of progressive influences.The band was formed in Moscow, Russia in 2004 by the lead guitarist Dmitry Ignatiev. In the past line-up was as singer with clean and brutal vocals Sofia Raycova.Sofia was replaced in 2013 by Milena Solovitskaya who sing in clean melodic vocals. For the growls the band brought Vlad Lobanov as guest member. So the band managed to make a new balance to the results of clean and brutal vocals using both a female and  male vocals.

The new album has the title  “Expectancy” and the track list has 10 songs and 2 bonus tracks. In my digital promo copy I have only the 10 songs.For your information Sofia Raycova re-joined the band and now is the main singer in the live shows  and in the new promo video clip of the song ” Under The Weight Of My Sorrow I Crawl  ” with clean vocals and growls.

The songs “Expectancy Pt.1 (Desert In My Soul)” , “Through The Years” and “Pain That We All Must Go Through” the lyrics are from the poems of George Arustamyan.

Let’s see track by track all the songs of the album.

1. Through The Years:

The track opens with very strong  powerful riffing guitars in a fast tempo and wild growls enter with aggressive sound.The melodic female voice comes but the male growls are taking command here.The guitar solo is great with plenty progressive elements.The voice of Milana gives one excellent melodic tone in the song between the brutal vocals and calms the whole track perfectly in the end.

RUNNING TIME: 7.30

RATING : 10

2. Expectancy Pt.1 (Desert In My Soul):

This track hit from the beginning  with power drums , experiment guitar riffs and gutteral growls join with the lovely female voice.The guitar work is again perfect.

RUNNING TIME: 5.53

RATING : 9

3. Echoes Of Failures:

With heavy and melodic guitars enter the female voice and after with poundin drums take cotrol the brutal vocals.And in this song the female voice is powerful.

RUNNING TIME: 6.14

RATING : 8.70

4. In Times Of Solitude:

We have here an instrumental piece with gentle guitar and Less from Blackthorn on violins.

RUNNING TIME: 2.30

RATING : 10

5. Nothing (Selfish Acts:

One piece with many aggressive male growls and melodic moments of the female voice.I found here a lot of progressive elements in the guitar riffs.

RUNNING TIME: 5.53

RATING : 8.5

6. Pain That We All Must Go Through:

The female voice starts the track combine again with the male rowls as well.In the same motivo of Melodic death metal with excellent guitar solo.

RUNNING TIME: 6.11

RATING : 8.5

7. Expectancy Pt.2 (Despair):

Heavy guitar riffs ,thunderous bass and drums start the track with harrsh male growls and backing female vocals.The interplay between the two singers is very effective, but and here the female voice melting as well the whole song.The guitar work again is excellent.

RUNNING TIME: 6.39

RATING : 9

8. Under The Weight Of My Sorrow I Crawl:

The track according the opinion of the band is the hit of the album.Is a song near to the past roots of the band.More Death metal influences but the melodic powerful vocals of Milana give to the song other taste.Progressive heavy guitar fiffs and strong drums.The band made this song video clip with Sofia  Raycova. Really I like more the album version!

RUNNING TIME: 7.13

RATING : 9

9. In The End Pt 2 ( Epitaph) Accustic version:

This is a rerecorded track from the previous album ” The Beginning of the End” as accustic version. Under the accustic guitar riffs, Milana sing with impressive melodic style full of emotion tones.

RUNNING TIME: 4.33

RATING : 10

10.Moih Glarah( In My Eyes) ( Infremdir Schrift):

The last track is in their native language.The track opens with thumping drums and enter the growls with the clean female vocals.Very  ggod track ,an awesome stuff>Melting guitar work and exquisite female voice.The brutal voice and the clean voice of Milana combine again excellent.

RUNNING TIME: 5.51

RATING : 10

Finally the album “Expectancy”is a brilliant one! The band walk on Melodic Progressive Dearh genre but with gothic and modern metal influences.I like the choice with the 2 vocalists male and female but this is only for this studio album.Anyway this album highly recommended!

RATING : 9.27/10

For more info on Tantal visit https://www.facebook.com/tantalofficial

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